Bacon is on everyone’s radar! And we definitely all know someone who can’t get enough! Or maybe it’s you that’s crazy obsessed! But whether it’s you or not, it shows up in memes, on merchandise, in silly conversations… everywhere. I was at the grocery store the other day and it even shows up in candy bars, desserts, popcorn, you name it…
So, how do you make it without the mess and hassle of cleaning up everything that gets covered in bacon grease with in three feet of the skillet you’re cooking in? The OVEN! When I was taught this it changed my life. I was in college and 19 years old. The more you know…
Bacon is all about breakfast, but it certainly is a necessity, sometimes, at lunch and dinner – you know, for burgers, Brussel sprouts, pizza, jalapeño poppers, bacon wrapped anything…and don’t forget the infamous breakfast night! Not only does cooking it in the oven create less clean up, but it creates more time to do other things you need to do while in the midst of cooking your meal. Place it in the oven, set a timer and forget about it… until the timer ends of course!
Plus the perks of cooking it in the oven is that it stays flat and cooks evenly. Every time! It’s not a tangled up mess while some pieces are cooked too much and the rest is misshapen and underdone.
Making Bacon in the Oven
Start with your favorite kind of bacon. It doesn’t matter how thick or thin. Thinner bacon will cook faster and the thick will take just a bit longer. Place it on a baking sheet (very important: make sure it has raised edges so grease doesn’t escape) strip by strip next to each other making sure they are laid out flat and not overlapping each other.
I like to cook mine at 375 degrees. I typically have thick bacon and start my timer out at 20 minutes. With thinner bacon I would recommend starting your timer at 10 minutes.
If your bacon still looks under done after the timer goes off, keep adding a minute or two until it reaches your desired doneness. When it’s done, take it out of the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack or plate covered with paper towels to catch additional grease. There will be quite a bit of bacon grease on your sheet tray. You can pour it in a heat safe bowl to let it cool and can discard it later in the trash can. You can also save the grease to use for other things if you desire. My husband once save so much bacon grease he was able to deep fry his chicken completely in bacon grease!
You will love this way of cooking it – I’m sure!
Cooking Bacon in the Oven
- Desired amount of your favorite Bacon
Pre-heat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit
Take Bacon and lay it out side by side on a baking sheet (do not overlap slices)
Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes for thin sliced bacon and 20 minutes for thick sliced bacon
Add additional time if needed to achieve your desired doneness
When bacon is done - transfer to a cooling rack or a plate covered in paper towels to soak up additional bacon grease
Discard of bacon grease properly
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