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Joseph's Best Easy Bacon Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Joseph's Best Easy Bacon Recipe

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"Preparing this recipe is literally the first thing I do after I wake up on weekend mornings. I put the bacon in the oven (must be cold!), brush my teeth, start cooking other breakfast items, and then take the bacon out after 14 minutes - that's it! My bacon theory is that by placing the bacon in a cold oven to start, as the oven gradually heats to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C), the bacon undergoes a magical transformation from cold flabby piece of meat, to simmering deliciousness, to crispy bacon heaven as the oven hits the 425 degree mark. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Line a large baking sheet with 2 sheets of aluminum foil, making sure pan is completely covered.
  2. Arrange bacon strips on the prepared baking sheet, keeping at least 1/2-inch space between strips. Place pan in the cold oven.
  3. Heat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Cook bacon for 14 minutes.
  4. Transfer cooked bacon to paper towel-lined plates. Let cool for 5 minutes for bacon to crisp.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • I like to use naturally hickory smoked thick-sliced bacon to achieve the best results. You might want to check on the bacon after 12 minutes or so to account for the differences in oven heating times and/or thickness of bacon. Pair this recipe with Ken's Perfect Hard Boiled Egg recipe which also takes 14 minutes to prepare.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 12, 2013

This is how I always cook my bacon now. It's absolutely foolproof and I get perfect bacon every time. NOTE: After I pull the bacon off, I use a spatula to help scrape the grease into a jar to save for cooking.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 02, 2014

too high temp for too long!


34 Ratings

May 08, 2013

This recipes is fantastic. I used to think, "Why would I need a recipe for bacon?" Then I tried it. WOW. The apotheosis of perfect, easy bacon. Do yourself a favor: Make the bacon.

Jun 12, 2013

I think you'll find that your cooking time depends on how thick your bacon is, as well as how quickly your oven heats up. I used center cut regular bacon, and it took about 16-17 minutes. What was interesting to me is that the bacon didn't shrink up much, and turned out perfectly cooked with no mess in the oven. I left the bacon grease solidify a bit, rolled up the foil, and just pitched it in the trash. Once you get your timing down, this is a great way to cook bacon.

May 16, 2013

Never again will my arms get burned by splattering bacon grease! This was to die for and so easy! Thanks so much for sharing, Joseph :)

May 16, 2013

I always use the broiler rack so I can keep the bacon fat for cooking in and seasoning. My oven does best at 375 degrees. No more splatter on the stove top for me.

Feb 06, 2014

Excellent way to cook a lot of bacon. Bacon was crispy and not overcooked. I used Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon. I timed it for 12 minutes and it needed more time. In my case 3 more minutes. Watch it carefully. You can tell the bacon is almost done when little bubbles appear. It will cook a little more when you remove it from the oven. I think cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon. Just remove bacon from pan and place on a paper towel. Blot grease off and it is ready to eat.

May 14, 2013

Sorry stove top, but you've burned my bacon for the last time. I'm all about the oven now.


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  • Calories
  • 134 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 10.4 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 9.2 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 574 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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