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Joseph's Best Easy Bacon Recipe


"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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25 m servings 134 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  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.


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 134 calories; 10.4 g fat; 0.4 g carbohydrates; 9.2 g protein; 27 mg cholesterol; 574 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 sa...

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too high temp for too long!

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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 sa...

This recipe is similar to the one I use from America's Test Kitchen. They also use the cold oven method but set the oven to 400º, rotating foil-lined pan halfway through cooking, cook time 10 t...

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...

First I would like to clarify a misconception about Canadians and bacon: people think we eat "Canadian Bacon", which is actually either "back bacon" or glorified ham. Sure we eat that...occasion...

Perfect bacon. This is the way the military "fries" bacon to serve in it's Mess halls. Learned this back in 1967 when I was in the Army's Cook's school. Time saving and perfect crisp bacon fo...

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.

I have been cooking bacon in a preheated oven for some time, but it turned out like pan fried bacon: shriveled and greasy. Joseph's method turns out picture perfect bacon! It hardly shriveled ...

What have I been doing to bacon my entire life??? Thank you for this amazing recipe! Will never go back to pan frying this delicious cut of pork. One FYI - tent the baking sheet with more foi...

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