Smokin' Good: The Best Mail-Order Bacons
Benton's Hickory-Smoked Bacon (423/442-5003; bentonscountryhams2.com) Tennessee's Allan Benton produces the grand-daddy of dry-cured bacon. You smell the hickory before you open the box.
Dreymiller and Kray Beer Bacon (847/688-2271; dreymillerandkray.com) A pale ale brine, followed by applewood smoking, yields a nutty flavor and a sweet finish to this Illinois-made bacon.
Nueske's Wild Cherry-Smoked Bacon (800/392-2266; nueskes.com) The Nueskes, smoking bacon in Wisconsin since 1882, skip the cure for this mellow bacon.
Broadbent's Pepper Bacon (800/841-2202; broadbenthams.com) Dry-curing with black pepper makes for a distinctive, piquant bacon from this Kentucky producer.
S. Wallace Edwards & Sons (800/222-4267; virginiatraditions.com) This Virginia family has been curing bacon for 85 years; experience shows in their balanced, hickory-smoked slab.