If you go to the time and trouble of curing and smoking your own bacon, start by procuring a pork belly worthy of your efforts. This means from organic hogs (or hogs raised humanely without hormones or antibiotics).
Believe it or not, brining is a hotly debated topic. (Does the barbecue world ever agree on anything?) Some people swear by it, while others scoff at the effort and time it can take (as little as 15 minutes or as long as several weeks).
Josh Ruxin's A Thousand Hills to Heaven tells the story of two enterprising Americans who made an extraordinary difference for a country of 11 million people. While it's unfashionable to use words like "inspiring" or "life-changing," that's exactly what this book is.