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Perfectly Crisp Black Pepper & Rosemary Bacon

Bacon in a dish with the text "Perfectly Crisp Bacon!"

My husband and I could not have more opposite diets.  It is not uncommon for me to be drinking a green juice for breakfast while he is eating a cookie cake that he found on the discount rack at the grocery store. I am completely serious.

I think I spoiled him when we first met.  I would pretty much cook and bake for him whatever he wanted because I loved seeing how excited he got about it.  Usually he wanted chocolate chip cheesecake (his alltime favorite meal, and yes he considers it a meal), mexican food, hots wings, and anything sweet for breakfast like pancakes and french toast.  And while all of these things are fine, they really aren’t what I crave.  Especially for breakfast.  I crave savory things in the morning more often than not, with a very rare sweet tooth for breakfast.

Perfectly Crisp Rosemary Pepper Bacon on a plate with a fried egg and tomato slices

Once we started living together I realized that pleasing both of our palettes would be difficult.  I still really haven’t figured out how to do it without us eating two completely separate meals.  But there is one food that I just CANNOT believe we don’t agree on.  Bacon… BACON! He seriously could not care less about bacon.  He doesn’t hate it, he just wouldn’t care if he never had it.  WHAT?! My junk food loving husband doesn’t like bacon? I just don’t get it.  He makes no sense.  (but I love him anyway)

Raw bacon strips sprinkled with rosemary and pepper on a wire rack

But this morning I wanted to share with you how I make my bacon perfectly crisp.  I think I have mentioned before how I love charred food.  Things that are just on the edge of being burned.  Bacon is the perfect subject for this love.

Left side photo: cooked bacon on wire rack, right side photo: bacon on plate with fried egg and tomato slices

Perfectly Crisp Rosemary Pepper Bacon on a plate with a fried egg and tomato slices

Perfectly Crisp Black Pepper & Rosemary Bacon


  • bacon (preferably nitrite-free)
  • rosemary
  • black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cover baking sheet with tin foil if using for easy clean up
  3. Place cooling rack over baking sheet and arrange strips of bacon on the cooling rack
  4. Liberally sprinkle chopped rosemary (can use dried if that is all you have) and fresh cracked black pepper over the bacon
  5. Bake for 8-15 minutes (depending on bacon thickness) until completely browned
  6. Let cool for a few minutes and the bacon will finish crisping as it cools a bit
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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72 comments on “Perfectly Crisp Black Pepper & Rosemary Bacon”

  1. Yummm — wish I did that to my bacon which I just made this morning for my egg wrap. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on What's For Dinner? and commented:
    I love bacon, and this idea will make me love it even more! I also like the way she cooks the bacon, great idea!

  3. …you had me at bacon…

  4. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yummm! Bacon, the most important food group…

  5. Icertainly like your taste for a sweet breakfast. Sounds absolutely delectable. Of course I agree with your husband cheesecake in and of itseelf is one fabulous meal!!!

  6. Wow! Looks delish! I’m sure it tastes excellent too. 🙂

  7. The title of this post alone made me tingle in my lady-places! I can’t wait to try this!

  8. This looks GOOD, and will be especially tasty with the bacon I get from the Farmer’s Market–the Amish know how to smoke some bacon! I also love tomatoes and eggs together at breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Mmmm that would be so good. I used to live about 10 miles from an Amish community and we would always get our meat from their butcher. All of it was amazing, especially the bacon.

  9. great idea; thanks for sharing it! beautiful photos, too.
    perhaps a bacon-topped chocolate-chip cheesecake is on the horizon??

  10. Yummy this looks so so good 🙂

  11. Nice post! 😉

  12. I am not a big fan of rosemary but looking at your pictures and blog, I think I should try your recipe out! How did you come up with rosemary and not something else?

  13. yum.. rosemary bacon on a burger..great idea!

  14. awesome blog! a real favorite for a food lover like me! hope you would enjoy my blog too! its

  15. heck. yes. be still my soul.

  16. Yummm!

  17. perfect breakfast… next on my cooking list..

  18. I’ll have to try that. Have you had chocolate with bacon bits? Delicious. I first saw the chocolate with bacon candy bar at a winery in Napa, CA.

  19. How could he not like bacon? Weirdo!

  20. My husband will love this, can’t wait to try it!

  21. Reblogged this on Wild Cookery! and commented:
    Not ‘wild’? I disagree. Substitute ‘Wild Boar’ for your conventionally purchased bacon, and voila! Wild Cookery! Everyone loves bacon. The only people that don’t like bacon are people who just aren’t right in the head. Never trust someone who doesn’t like bacon! Even Jews and Muslims like bacon. They just lie about it and make it a sin. 😉

  22. I love nearly-burned food, too. Unlike your husband, mine loves bacon as much as I do. I’m feeling inspired.

  23. I work with the biggest bunch of holistic kale munchers. If only they could be exposed (or re-exposed) to this, I believe, there might be hope for them yet.

  24. I love these photos. It looks sooooo good, especially those runny eggs. Connie

    • Thanks Constance. A runny egg is one of my favorite things in the world! Now I just need to figure out a grain free bread I can sop it up with. I have been missing my “yolk sopper” since giving up grains.

  25. looks scrum diddly umshious!!!

  26. Impressive…I’m a vegetarian, yet that looks good! Cheers to you!

    • Is there any veggie bacon substitutes. I feel like I have heard of bacon tempeh maybe? I am what I call a “part time vegan” because I eat vegan about 75% of the time but I occasionally eat meat, butter, and eggs. I would be curious if there are any good substitutes for bacon out there.

      • I know there are some that involve tempeh because when I go to my favorite vegetarian restaurant they serve it on “burgers.” But I don’t know how to get it or make it from scratch!

  27. Reblogged this on Meanderings.

  28. Yum! This is such a great idea– and it’s so simple. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  29. Congrats on being freshly pressed!!! Wooo hooo! Way to go!!!

  30. So weird that I have always loved bacon yet very seldom eat it. I think my body tells me not to overload on the nitrates. I remember I was crying because my mom fried up bacon when I was a child and I just had my tonsils out so she would not let me eat it. She was afraid it was too crispy and my throat not sufficiently healed. Can’t pick your memories, or maybe grudge holding?

    • Look for nitrite free bacon! I used to have chronic migraines and I think nitrites were one of the triggers. It is so worth it pay just a bit extra for bacon without it!

      Sounds like you might have bacon PTSD…

  31. Bacon is proof that God loves us. Bacon with rosemarie and black pepper is proof that he really loves us…

  32. Rosemary and black pepper sound like great additives to bacon – will definately try this one soon – Thank you

  33. Anything with bacon…love bookmarked. Will need this recipe later. Thanks 😀

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  34. Heaven on Earth!!! Rosemary on Bacon!!! It’s Nature’s way of grubbin up!

  35. Bacon is awesome! I love charred food too, especially bacon. How have I never thought to liberally sprinkle with pepper and rosemary? What a great idea!

  36. Yum, that bacon looks delicious! Never tried it with rosemary before. Maybe I’ll give it a shot this weekend! Looking forward to the next post!

  37. The cooling rack is our bacon method, too- brilliant! Not brilliant is reading this post when I’m on a two-week break from meat. Hmm. Glad to have found you- check me out at sometime!

  38. I bet this savory bacon would be amazing on a BLT sandwich. I will have to try it. I’ve used the foil for easy cleanup but find it’s just as much of a mess. I prefer to pour the grease into a container and wash the pan in hot, soapy water. Works well every time.

  39. Rosemary bacon please! I’ve yet to taste it but I like the idea of something uniquely pungent like rosemary, paired with bacon.

    Thank you for sharing with us:)

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  41. Thanks for following my blog. I just started perusing yours and cannot stop. And what you say about catering for your and your husband’s very different eating habits sounds like a challenge all too familiar – I have a pasta-loving Italian boyfriend who also has very strong feelings for all things involving burgers, ribs and cheese. Not easy to cook for the two of us when my perfect breakfast is a hearty bowl of porridge (the sight of porridge alone gives him goosebumps) and when the latest dish I have been thinking about is whether you can replace the pork with barbecued tempeh in a Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich… And yes, I totally feed him vegan dishes sometimes without saying anything (including raw vegan date brownies) … We are moving in together in a few months so it will be interesting how we will deal with this …

    All the best


    • Thanks for stopping by Sophia! It’s funny you say that about feeding your boyfriend raw vegan and not telling him. I have tried that several times and he is always onto me. I made these awesome raw vegan brownies (recipe I found on and I thought they were amazing. He spit them out. Is the recipe you used on your site? I may have to try it!

  42. Wow! Looks delish! I’m sure it tastes excellent too.

  43. houuuuumygod …im salivating!

  44. Sounds mighty yummy. My husband would like this.

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