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Baconholics Undeterred by Pig Prices at 30-Year High

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With images of pigs and barbecued meats tattooed on his left calf, Brian Polak is doing what he can to cope with the highest price of bacon in three decades. The 41-year-old self-proclaimed “baconholic” now often cures his own at home to help reduce costs.

“A day doesn’t go by where I don’t have at least a strip,” Polak, a senior-program manager for AT&T Inc. who lives in Carol Stream, Illinois, said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think I could ever cut it completely out.”