Joseph's Best Easy Bacon Recipe


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

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package thick-cut bacon


  1. Line a large baking sheet with 2 sheets aluminum foil, making sure the sheet is completely covered.

  2. Arrange bacon strips 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the cold oven.

  3. Heat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Cook bacon for 14 minutes.

  4. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool for 5 minutes for bacon to crisp.


I like to use naturally hickory smoked thick-sliced bacon to achieve the best results.

You might want to check the bacon after 12 minutes to account for the differences in oven heating times and thickness of the 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
10g Fat
0g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 574mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Protein 9g
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 140mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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