Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 12:00 am
Bacon in the Oven is the easiest and best way to cook bacon that is perfectly crispy and golden every time. Cooking bacon in the oven is the only way to bake bacon without any mess! Great for cooking big or small batches!
- Do you ever wonder how restaurants cook massive amounts of bacon perfectly every time?
- Do you love bacon, but the thought of cleaning all that greasy mess makes you want to become a vegetarian
- Tired of dodging spatters of hot grease while standing over a hot stove?
In this step by step guide, I will share with you the best way to cook bacon! This easy and foolproof method for cooking bacon in the oven is one you will use over and over again!
I learned to bake bacon while working in restaurants and I haven’t cooked bacon any other way since! This simple method for cooking bacon in the oven prevents you from getting burns from grease splatters while producing tasty bacon just the way you want it! Chewier bacon? Crispy bacon? Extra crispy bacon? No problem!
Mess Free – Hands Free – No Flipping – Great for Cooking Big Batches – Always Perfect Bacon
What is Bacon?
Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork, prepared from several different cuts of meat, typically from the pork belly or from back cuts. There are many types of bacon available from uncured to cured, to applewood and hickory smoked.
Bacon is also sliced in different thickness. Thin bacon, regular cut bacon and thick cut bacon. Different thickness will of course affect cooking times.
Bacon is not just for breakfast, you can use bacon in many dishes like this Potato Corn Chowder and even delicious and fun desserts! Chopped bacon is a great addition to salads, pastas, dips and casseroles. Bacon is low in carbohydrates and a great and tasty alternative if you are following a Keto diet or low carb diet.
Bacon in the Oven
There are two popular methods for cooking bacon in the oven. Both methods work well and produce great results.
Method 1: Lay the bacon directly on a baking sheet. This method produces perfectly flat, crispy bacon that it’s evenly cooked.
Method 2: Place the bacon on a wire rack, then place that rack on a baking sheet. This method takes a bit longer to cook. The result is lighter bacon with crispier edges and a few more chewy spots. The bacon has a little bit more of a wavy appearance.
Although both methods work well and produce crispy bacon, method 1 (placing the bacon directly on the baking sheet) is my preferred method. Here is why:
- Although the bacon cooks in its own fat, this method doesn’t produce greasier bacon. You can read more about that here
- The bacon fat actually cooks the bacon more evenly preventing chewy or dried up spots.
- Easier clean up! Toss the foil and wash your baking sheet with hot water and a little dish soap. No scrubbing needed!! On the other hand, have you tried to clean a wire rack covered in grease and stuck bits of bacon drippings? Picture yourself carefully scrubbing those individual tiny squares….. No, thank you!
How To Cook Bacon in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay the raw bacon on a rimmed baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with aluminium foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.
- Make sure the bacon slices don’t touch.
- Bake until the bacon reaches your desired level of crispiness. This depends on your oven and the thickness of the bacon.
- Remove from the oven and lay the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined plate. This helps drain some of the grease.
What is the Best Temperature to Bake Bacon in the Oven?
- The best temperature to cook bacon in the oven is 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Long To Cook Bacon In the Oven?
- It really depends on the thickness of the bacon and your desired doneness (crispiness). The bacon can take between 15 to 25 minutes to cook.
How To Keep the Bacon From Splattering in the Oven?
Will your oven get dirty when baking bacon? The answer is yes. As much as when roasting a chicken!
I find that cleaning the oven once a week with a soft cloth makes a huge difference so I don’t stress much over bacon splatters in my oven. However, you can place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the bacon while cooking it. Remove the parchment paper during the last 5 minutes of cooking so the bacon can finish getting crispy. Be careful, the bacon is hot and the parchment paper gets very greasy.
What To Do with the Bacon Grease?
If you would like to save the bacon drippings, make sure you strain the bacon grease to remove any solids. I place a sieve over a glass jar to do this. You can keep the bacon drippings in a lidded jar in the refrigerator.
If you’d rather discard the grease, wait a little bit to remove the foil from the sheet pan. When the grease cools off, it is easier to remove and toss without any spills.
- I always use aluminum foil to line my sheet pan. If you have heavy duty aluminum foil, this is the time to use it! That being said, there’s no need to go out and buy some just to cook a batch of bacon.
- Placing the cooked bacon on a plate lined with paper towels is essential! Do not skip this step!
- You can make a big batch of bacon in the oven. Just place 2 sheets to bake at once.
- Take a look at these bacon recipes:
Nutty Maple Brown Sugar Bacon Appetizer
Grilled Shrimp BLT Panini with Herb Aioli
Mac and Cheese Carbonara
Zesty Baked Beans with Bacon
Mexican Street Pasta Salad
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How To Perfectly Cook Bacon In the Oven
- 1 pound bacon
- Sheet Pan(s)
- Aluminum Foil
- Paper Towels
- Kitchen Tongs
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
- Arrange the bacon in a single layer. The slices can be very close together but should not overlap. If they do, they will stick together. Use a second sheet pan, if necessary.
- Bake for about 15 - 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the bacon from the oven and place the bacon slices on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
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