since i didn’t grow up eating a lot of red meat, i know very little about pork and beef products, other than that they taste delicious and that i eat them fairly infrequently.
the two things i do use regularly, however, are bacon and pancetta, because i can get them from a local farmer at my sunday market. i’ve always had certain preparations in mind for bacon and others for pancetta–but it turns out they’re basically the same thing.
the similarities: both are generally made from pork belly, cured, and considered raw. the difference: bacon is smoked.
seriously. that’s the only difference.