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).
Speaking as a guy and a father, here's a bit of advice: Don't give Dad a gift he would store in a top dresser drawer. Any of the following gifts will be appreciated by that special dad in your family and you just might benefit, too.
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).