Perfectly Cooked Oven Bacon

Crispy, smoky bacon is one of my favorite indulgences. I did not have it often, but when I do, I enjoy every bite.  However, I do not like standing over a hot stove dodging sputtering bacon grease. Here is how we can have the best of both worlds: a hands-free, hassle-free method for cooking perfect bacon, all in the oven.

Thanks to my very smart daughter, I have seen the light and will forever make bacon in the oven!  It’s just so easy — there’s no flipping or monitoring involved. You just lay the bacon on a baking sheet, stick it in the oven, and set a timer. The strips of bacon bubble away in the oven; no splattering!   The bacon becomes crispy and golden.

When cooking thicker bacon, use a rack.  Bake the bacon on top of a metal cooling rack set over the baking sheet. Lifting the bacon up lets it cook from all sides and get even crispier.

Eat This With That

I love bacon with Perfectly Boiled Eggs  in the morning for breakfast, but bacon is not just for breakfast.  I love bacon a on a Fried Green Tomato BLT with Spicy Ranch Dressing and in a BLT Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing.  Bacon is definitely not a diet food, but I believe in eating in moderation.  So enjoy this stress free cooking method with many of your favorite bacon dishes.

Perfectly Cooked Oven Bacon

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 18

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Pounds of Uncured, nitrate-free Bacon

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F: Turn on the oven and preheat to 400°F. Place a rack in the lower third of the oven. If you're cooking multiple sheets of bacon, position a second rack in the top third of the oven.
  2. Arrange the bacon on a baking sheet: Line a baking sheet with foil (this makes cleanup easier). Lay the bacon on the baking sheet in a single layer. The bacon can be close together, but don't let it overlap or the bacon will stick during cooking. If necessary, use a second baking sheet.
  3. Bake the bacon: Place the baking sheet of bacon in the oven and bake until the bacon is deep golden-brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. Exact baking time will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it. Begin checking around 12 minutes to monitor how quickly the bacon is cooking. The bacon fat will sputter and bubble as the bacon cooks, but shouldn't splatter the way it does on the stove top. Pour off the bacon grease as needed so the bacon isn't totally submerged in grease.
  4. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels: Remove the bacon from the oven and use tongs to transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels to drain and finish crisping. Serve immediately. You can also refrigerate leftover bacon for a week or freeze it for up to 3 months; warm the bacon in the microwave before serving.
  5. Clean up: If you want to save the bacon grease, let it cool slightly, then pour it into a container and refrigerate. If you don't want to save the grease, let it solidify on the baking sheet, then crumple the foil around it and discard.

FYI

Even crispier bacon: For even crispier bacon, set a metal cooling rack over the foil-lined baking sheet and lay the raw bacon over the cooling rack. Elevating the bacon allows it to cook from all sides and become extra-crispy.

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