I didn't answer the smoked/unsmoked bacon because my brain doesn't register the difference. It's all just bacon.
As for streaky vs. back... to me, back bacon is so close to some types of ham, that I'm hesitant even to call it bacon. It's basically a style of ham, come on.
This is why I didn't frame the question as an issue of superiority/inferiority of types of bacon. Because really this is splitting hairs when we know that, faced with bacon, we're going to eat it.
Oh yeah, if you present me with a plate of back bacon and tell me I can only have it if I admit it's the one true bacon... sure, whatever you say, chief, hand it over.
I like back bacon with crispy and chewy bits - so ideally rinds (no bacon has rinds anymore unless you get it from the butcher and ask) which are lovely and crunchy, and crunchy fatty bits at the edges, but also chewy and tender meat.
I wanted to say something pithy in response here but tbh I'm too busy drooling after reading your description of the ideal bacon experience.
I made myself hungry too!
Almost every piece of bacon I've had in the US has been disappointing meat as far removed from food as possible. Apart from at Bacon Bacon in SF. Mmmmmm.
I suppose my current fad would be: UK-style streaky where the fat has been cooked to a light brown crispy consistency and the meat is a few steps above jerky :-)
The fad you have described is pretty much exactly how ideal USian bacon is meant to be served.
Judging USian cuisine on Denny's is maybe harsh. Since anyone trying most bacon sandwiches on the high street would have a similarly dim view of UKian fud :D
Hmmm, I want to answer thes questione, but my brain all goes "baaaacon! where is my baaaacon? why are you thinking about baaaacon but not giving me any?".
My friend once made ice cream with caramelized bacon - this alone is reason enough for me to want to get an ice cream maker at some point in my life.
I understand. I may have to have a small pre dinner bacon sandwich at the train station before I head home tonight.
With the crunchy USian stuff I can never avoid the impression that I have put glass into my mouth and it is about to shatter into sharp painful bits when I bite it. Also I don't like the taste of crispy bacon - it tastes overdone, ruined.
Guess my cultural programming has worked well!
Well, i'll just eat your share, then, okay?
Drat, you got first dibs!
I recognise that other opinions are available on the subject of crispy bacon. I also recognise that this means more crispy bacon for me.
TURKEY BACON WORKS FOR THAT MONEY
YES YES IT DOES *THUMBSUP*