America's Test Kitchen rates artisanal bacon brands here:
The highest rated bacon two years ago was Niman Dry Cured Applewood Smoked. No longer. It's near the bottom this year. Nueske's (most people either love it or hate it), ranked highly in previous years and made using Canadian hogs fed barley instead of corn for increased lean-ness and less shrinkage, was deemed too fatty and ranked at the very bottom.
Vande Rose, made from Duroc pork bellies, is at the top. And coming in second, Nodine's Smokehouse Apple "Smoke-Flavored" Bacon, whatever that means.
Recent Good Bacon thread:
"Favorite Gourmet Bacon ??"
"ISO: THE BEST HAM AND BACON IN THE WORLD'
'Bacon Challenge - need help from bacon afficionados!' -- Niman, Nueske posts