Scrub potatoes with a brush under running cold water and pat dry.
Poke deep holes all over potato using a fork.
Rub potato with olive oil or bacon grease.
Sprinkle Kosher salt or regular salt.
Bake at 425 deg F for 50 to 60 minutes depending on potato size. Use a fork to check if it cooked through.
Remove from oven.
If adding topping, slice center lengthwise. Use oven mitts and slowly squeeze both sides together to open up baked potato. Score top flesh on each half and add your favorite topping. Add butter 1st so it melts inside. Enjoy!
Toppings I added are butter, sour cream, bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese and minced chives.
You can substitute sour cream with Greek yogurt. Sprinkle pepper, if desired.