OK, I am getting ready to do my first Buckboard Bacon. This is my first venture into the world of making bacon. I decided to go with BBB because I can get pork shoulder for 1.70 a pound at sams. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to try regular bacon made from pork belly, so I contacted a local butcher to see what their price was per pound. They informed me that they sell it for $3.99 a pound.
I have two small kids, a house I am trying to sell, daycare and an apartment, so one of my main goals behind making my own bacon (other than the fact that bacon is so good and I can never have too much) is to make it cheaper than what I can buy it for in the store. Well, at $3.99 a pound just for the meat (not counting the time, effort and other ingredients), I can't see it being economically feasible, even though I see the merit of making something to your own tastes. So my question is then, can making your own bacon from pork belly be cheaper than buying it in the store, or is BBB the only way to make it for less than store bought?