Earlier this year, a friend talked me into making my own bacon and I am glad he did. It is so much better than what you buy in the store, and it's freakin' easy. His cure recipe is big on sweetness and spice (not the hot kind of spice, but the nutmeg/cloves/cinnamom kind) but I prefer more savory. So I've started increasing the salt and pepper and decreasing the sugar and spice, and it's coming out really, really good. (Side note: it is amazing how small changes in the cure have a huge impact on the final flavor of the bacon.) For posterity, here is his cure recipe: 1/4 cup Kosher salt 1/4 cup fresh ground pepper 2 tsp curing salt 1/4 cup maple syrup, brown sugar, or honey 4 bay leaves, crumbled 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cloves 5 garlic cloves, smashed Just enough water to make everything a nice mush If you make your own bacon, do you have a favorite cure? I'm interested in trying out some different flavor profiles.