There's a large selection of various bacon brands. Some are cheaper, but still good, while others are outrageously expensive and can only be bought from specialty stores. Here are some recommendations. Popular ways of cooking bacon:


Great for pepper bacon, because the pepper doesn't burn

Cast iron skillet

Very slowly, at the lowest heat


Put paper towels in bottom of pyrex (or similar) pan, place bacon on top of paper towel, and cover with more paper towels. Cook in microwave on high speed for 3-5 minutes, depending on how many strips you have, and how crispy you like the bacon.


Dredge in flour, and fry in skillet

Supermarket Bacon

In general, nitrite-free bacon is not generally as good as "normal" bacon, so they are not recommended.

  • Farmland Hickory Smoked Bacon, very meaty and full flavored

Artisanal Bacon

These are the "high end" brands of bacon, which use a real smoke process to produce outstanding flavors.

  • Vande Rose Farms Artisan Dry Cured Bacon, Applewood Smoked (
  • Nodine's Smokehouse Apple Smoke Flavored Bacon
  • Applegate Farms Uncured Sunday Bacon