Just getting into this bacon thing, I have experimented on buck board bacon a couple times as to not waste a good pork belly on my first try. One was brown sugar and maple, another was brown sugar and cracked black pepper, and the last was just brown sugar.
I have to say the three buck board experiments come out fantastic so I went and bought a 10lb. slab and am now ready to give it a try at actual bacon.
My question is - I see everyone using the basic cure, brown sugar and maybe maple recipes but what else are you guys putting in your cure to enhance flavors? I bought some honey and smoked paprika and plan on trying something with that but what is everyone elses not so secret recipes?