I got this slicer as a Christmas gift as well and had the same problem with the bacon I cold smoked. Ended up slicing about 7lbs of it by hand. But for everything else it works great. I used it to slice a ton of smoked cheeses and venison summer sausage for New Years and Superbowl parties. Also sliced 5lbs of pastrami nice and thin with no problems. Would be interested in knowing if anyone else has had a problem with bacon. I really like the slicer. Maybe, it doesn't like bacon, lol.