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Bacon is any of certain cuts of meat taken from the sides or back or belly of a pig, cured and possibly smoked. It is generally considered a breakfast dish, cut into thin slices before being fried, or grilled. It is commonly used as an ingredient in recipes, and is valued both as a source of fat and for its flavour.
A side of unsliced bacon is known as a flitch. An individual slice of bacon is called a rasher. Traditionally the skin is left on the cut and is known as bacon rind. Rindless bacon is also available as a healthier alternative.
Bacon in North America is predominantly what the British call "streaky bacon" whilst in the United Kingdom and Ireland bacon comes in a wide variety of cuts and flavours.
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