My mom would take the slab bacon and put it into a pot of water with garlic.  Let it come to a boil and simmer til "done".  That could be 45 min to an hour depending on when we remembered to check it!  Anyway, take the slab out and put it on a platter.  Cover with paprika completely (top, all sides) and put it in the fridge.  When it's cold, just slice it and then cut each slice into bite size pieces.  We eat it with fresh tomatoes, scallions, Italian or frying green...