Guanciale means pillow in Italian. It also means wicked badass cured pork cheek or jowl. It's an amazing concoction of fatty, porky sweet and salty goodness that will change your world and give you a new appreciation for pigs face.
The process for making guanciale is very simple for the home cook: A short dry salt cure, followed by cool-air drying. It only takes a month! And instead of pasta, check out the sweet corn polenta & guanciale recipe to make when it's all done.
Veg*ns avert your eyes! On day four, we finally met our pig, and made it into salame, salsiccia, cotechino, pancetta, guanciale, strutto, ciccioli and fegatelli. And, I am confronted with a cosmic conundrum. (Warning: Graphic images of pig butchery.)
Thanks to Charcutepalooza, I am now eating some bacon and guanciale. We ate them with oysters and pasta, albeit separately. Meals come together quickly and simply when there's a little cured meat in the house!