One of my favorite things, and there are many, about my dear friend Carolina Gypsy are the Intimidating Food Parties she throws. The rules are deceivingly simple; stick to the theme, and make a dish that is intimidating to you. This could be making toast, mastering a family recipe, or deboning a duck, depending on your experience level and degree to which you want to stress yourself out. This past party’s theme was “Bacon and/or Beer,” and seeing as how we won the last party’s Most Intimidating award (with mole, for the “Latin” Foods theme), we were not to be outdone.
We took this challenge very seriously. Bacon or beer? We chose bacon. Just bacon. From scratch.
It should also be pointed out that I’m a *cough* “vegetarian.” Most of the time. I don’t eat it as an everyday rule, but I don’t deprive myself of wonderful food experiences.
SO! Here’s how we made bacon in 8 days and without a smoker or a grill. Continue reading