Cured meats are expensive and packed with chemical insanity. My feralized version is cheap and takes maybe five minutes hands-on. (Plus ten days of so of curing.) I'm not sure if it worked yet, but if it doesn't you can learn from my mistakes!
My first attempt at making bacon was a resounding success: proof that making bacon really is easy! Get a pork belly from a local farmer, order some pink salt and choose some favorite herbs and spices - Get ready for delicious!
The dinner blew my guests away. It also told a story. The photos made it, barely. And the charcutepalooza experience was an initiation ritual, taking me from mere observer into a new world of meaty knowledge and appreciation.