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Is there anything more reassuring that a curing side of pork belly? Bacon is not just for breakfast, its a great meat for flavoring and for snacking. Of course, the biggest benefit of a cold smoked side of pork bacon is that you are going to be able to preserve meat and make it last for a very long time. Bacon can be cured and hung in a cool dry place for months. It has not lasted through the ages on its delicious smoky flavor alone.
This is a great little article on the DIY process of cold smoking pork bacon. It is very important that you understand things like cold smoking because it will stretch your meat and that could persevere your life as well. If killing bigger animals is going to be part of your process than you need a way to keep that meat for a longer period of time.