Bacon, of course, being a Man's Staff of Life (screw you, PETA).
At my local Kroger outlet yestiddy, even the cheapo brands of bacon (Tyson, Farmland) were up to $5.99 per pound. Decent bacon and Maple Cured was $7.99, a buck more than Rib Eye steak! In thick-sliced bacon, you get about 13 strips per pound, so that's damn near six bits a strip for the ugly stuff, over 60 cents for the good stuff!
Does the crafty Rivrdog give up or does he have an alternate plan? Is the Pope Catholic (debatable*), Does a bear crap in the woods?
The alternate plan: There were some decent Falls brand Picnic Hams on sale for $2.39/#, so I bought one, brought it home and sliced the ham off the bone, 1/8" to 3/16" slices (do this BEFORE coffee so the slices are even, or chunk the meat off as big as you can get it, and use a rotary deli slicer for even better results). Fired up the Food Saver, sealed that meat up in 1/2# packages, and froze them.
A slice of this ham is a very suitable substitute for bacon in the ayem meal. Fry it, then fry a busted-yolk egg in the drippings. Toast up a couple slices of Rye bread, layer on some Swiss cheese, close the whole affair up and eat hearty. Garnish with Tony Cachere's Creole Seasoning if you use anything.
Don't put MY name on that sandwich, I first encoutered one at my father's side 60 years ago**, and encountered them again in the military in 1969 at the Westover AFB flightline snack bar, and the snack bar's associated "Roach Coach" or food truck which cruised the flightline for the ground crews who couldn't stop work to take a meal break. That sandwich was known as a "Walk-away", and it slid down easy, had plenty of carb, protein and fat energy for heavy work on the flightline, and didn't go down too bad if your utility uniform was soaked in hydraulic fluid or jet fuel. BTW, since Mickey D's claims to have invented the Egg McMuffin in 1972, this old troop believes that they stole the idea from a flightline snack bar somewhere, and it did NOT originate with them.
Yep, until the bacon market recovers, I'll be eating ham. I'll probably lay down a couple more Picnic hams in the freezer, just in case the Bacon-gouge starts to affect the entire cured-pork market.
Oh, I almost forgot: after slicing the meat from the big ham bone, you get the big soup bone, with it's two large knuckles. Saw the bone in half so the marrow releases and cooks into the stock, cook until you have a thick stock, and add split peas, navy beans or Lentils for a hearty soup. Don't forget the garlic!
* After Pope Francis' news conference on his plane back to the Vatican from Brazil, one must wonder, since, given the opportunity, he refused to condemn or even object to homosexuality. Does His Holiness even READ his Bible?
** This means that my Dad probably found this sandwich in a Navy Mess somewhere. Most of his cooking ideas originated with the Navy. He certainly wouldn't have gotten it from HIS parents, they kept a Kosher kitchen.