For a culinarian, there clearly could be no other choice.
Photo: Randy Mayor
As the national bacon craze continues, we nominate two favorites: Nueske's and Benton's. A little of either goes an astonishingly long way, suffusing your dish—and kitchen—with rich smokiness.
Price: $20/2 pounds (Nueske's), $21/4-pound-order (Benton's)
Shop: Benton's Hams