We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher
Photo: Travis Rathbone
North Country Smokehouse Cottage Bacon ($30 for 4 [12-ounce] packages)
Taken from the center of the pork butt rather than the fatty belly, this bacon is sweet and perfectly smoky with just a slight hint of maple-y goodness. Produced by a family-owned smokehouse.