I ended up slicing the bacon on 12/23. Threw in another 10 lbs that I had in the freezer for a total of 30, so between slicing and vacuum packaging, it took 6-1/2 hours. I had tried drying it in the fridge for a few days instead of freezing it before slicing. I heard you could get a firmer texture when it comes time to slice, but that was a bust. They went back into the freezer for a short time.
It was worth it though, when the first thing my (grown) niece and nephew asked when I walked in the door on Christmas Day, was, "Uncle Mike, did you bring any bacon!?"