Every story has a beginning,
And an end.
In this case all three are bacon. It's so smoky, peppery, salty, & porky. It's intense. I think it balances those things well, but it's a flavor explosion in your mouth. I suppose that is part of the point of bacon.
The charcoal fuse method worked well. I still think there are ways that I could slow down the fire and "smoke" the meat without "cooking" it. There's a nice, slightly uncooked section in the center that will fry up perfectly in the pan. It even has just a little bit of that iridescent shimmer that bacon gets on the exposed grain of the meat.