Many times Petals. I use the standard salt/sugar rub with a pinch of white pepper added. The slab goes into the ziploc along with 3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup. This is usually given an extra day in the rub/brine and massaged thoroughly every 2-4 hours.
Seriously, it's not hard at all. It is daunting, as the process seems so simple that one doubts that he/she can actually do it. Even the smoking part can be done on a barbeque with a makeshift smoke source. I know od folks who regularly smoke small amounts of most everything in this way.
Excellent info Nicko thanks. I thought the process took days of complicated brining and other stuff that was a mystery. but i see by your timeline that it can be done in a day. I have an old freezer and i now have inspiration and motivation to try myself.
Great looking bacon