Best for bacon: Sydney

Berkshire large black smoked bacon ($29.99/kg)

Kingsley Quality Meats, 22 Plumer Road, Rose Bay, 9363 4971

With a little more fat marbling than many pig breeds, the Berkshire large black pig makes for excellent bacon. The team at Kingsley bone the free-range pork in-house before it's brined and smoked.

Hand-cut streaky bacon ($36.99/kg)

Victor Churchill, 132 Queen Street, Woollahra, 9328 0402

This artisanal bacon from Skara in Adelaide is dry cured, using salt instead of brine, giving it more flavour that we even dreamed the porky product could contain. It's hand-cut streaky bacon done the traditional way.

Free-range bacon ($42/kg $13.50 for 200g sliced)

Feather and Bone, 10-14 Lilian Fowler Place, Marrickville, 9818 2717, order online featherandbone.com.au

All Feather and Bone meat is ethically raised and completely free-range, and this comes out in the quality of the flavour. This pork is butchered in house and is nitrate free, cured in salt and maple syrup. It's bacon at its best.

Honey and mango cured bacon ($21.99/kg)

AC Butchery, 174 Marion Street, Leichhardt, 9569 8687

Free-range bred pork from Bundawarrah is cured in brine with mango, port and honey. The streaky, long- or short-cut bacon is house smoked and sliced to order. We like the streaky bacon cut super fine.

Bangalow smoked bacon ($30/kg)

Pino's Dolce Vita, Shop 10, 45 President Avenue, Kogarah, 9587 4818

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Artisan Pino brines the hormone and antibiotic-free Bangalow Sweet Pork for 10 days, then smokes it with a beech wood blend for eight to