I know the feeling Scott. I bought Smokey's book cause it had directions to make bacon. A friend of mine had just bought a house that had an old smoke house on the property, so we thought we'd try it. Then I read the book. I was discouraged, but was gonna try it. My friend said **** no. And that was the end of that.
Where in New Hampshire are you? The best bacon I ever had was served in Polly's Pancakes in Sugar Hill, NH, but they buy it from a smoke house in Vermont. If you are within 100 miles of Pollys - try it. Their pancakes are the best I ever had too. You won't be sorry.