My wife and I prefer thick-sliced bacon when we have bacon, and I have taken to convection-baking it in the oven due to the slices necessary to feed us & the Boyz (1st grader & pre-schooler).
The other day I picked up a pound-&-a-half of thick sliced bacon and casually noted it was "maple cured". Without really thinking about it, I knew the packer had simply added some chemical to the pork for flavoring.
I have to think something went wrong at the packing plant because the cooking bacon filled the house with an intense maple flavor, and the cooked bacon had waaaaay too much maple flavor.
Whatever maple-flavored chemical the packer used apparently coated my oven as it took four more
oven-cooked meals before the house stopped smelling like maple.
That in itself is irritating, but I posted this warning because I ended up having to throw out the bacon grease
because it was way
too maple flavored for use in anything else.
Here in Alabama, we don't throw out bacon grease without a really good reason. This particular batch of bacon grease qualified.
Consider yourself warned.