When you are at Polish Market (http://thepolishmarketinc.com/), and I do hope you are a frequenter, try the “Danish Bacon” Boczek Dunski at the sausage counter. Note: I go to the one at 15Mile* and Dequindre (Troy, MI). *aka Maple
I can never make up my mind when looking over their dizzying selection of smoked sausages, hams, etc., but I randomly took my chances on this one and loved it. It is like a ham that has long 1/4inch layers of tender, pure fat horizontally running through it. I have it sliced paper thin.
This “bacon” doesn’t seem to have nitrates. (but I wouldn’t know for sure) Rather, it seems more salt cured and then smoked—no bark at all, but nice smokiness. It is very versatile and impressive. I’ve put it on a sandwich placed open under the broiler, eaten it RoomTemp/straight as well as lightly sautéed as an egg accompaniment.
I like it more than traditional bacon, and presume it to be more healthy. Only $5.69/LB, even though it could really pass as “artisan.” Please let me know if you like it, or if some other item (which I may not have tried) is even better. Thx