I (Aaron) don't have many vices, but bacon certainly could qualify. How do you get to know your vice better? Well, you go Jesse Pinkman on it, and make it. Bacon is as addictive as meth, without the paranoia (I figure).
How do you make bacon? It's simple. First, get a copy of Charcuterie by Ruhlman and Polcyn. Follow the recipe. It's way easy.
Cure the bacon by rubbing belly with Polcyn's "General" cure to (5% of the belly's weight in cure).
Let it sit a week or so (this time I let it go 10 days).
Smoke it. Apple wood, about four hours at 180ºF until the meat is 150ºF (remove skin when cool enough to handle - use skin for stock, soup, broth, etc). Let it rest a day.
Oh, the bacon-y goodness. It's truly FAR better than store bought. This gives you the option of leaving out the Sodium Nitrite - but that's like drinking orange juice without pulp, you could, but why would you want to?