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How to Bake Bacon

Baked bacon

A guide on how to bake bacon – perfect bacon every single time!

Have you ever felt like you were super late to the game? Out of the loop? Last to arrive? 

I feel that way all. the. time.

Let’s take the latest fashion trends as an example. Printed pants? Super popular, and stylish. I haven’t even tried on a pair.

How about the hottest mobile game for months and months… Sugar Crush. I just downloaded it last week and I am still not seeing what all the rage is about.

Oh, and let’s not even talk about Instagram! It’s on my to-do list this week. I may be the last person on the planet to sign-up, but better late than never, I suppose!

And then there’s baked bacon…

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I’ve been cooking bacon on a regular (almost too regular.. I <3 bacon) basis for the last 10 years, yet it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I heard about baking bacon.

My first thought was probably something along the lines of… “why would I bake bacon, isn’t my oven going to be a mess!” Likely followed by …”you mean the bacon sits in all of the grease as it’s cooking? Ewe.”

And then I learned what baking bacon is all about and discovered that it’s actually super easy and better yet, it’s less messy than pan frying bacon!

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Not only is it easier to bake bacon, I also think it tastes better. For whatever reason, baked bacon crisps up perfectly every single time. Crispy yet chewy, just the way I like it.

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And did I mention the part about how you don’t have to babysit it? When I pan-fry bacon, I am glued to the stove to keep an eye on the bacon and flipping it when needed. When I bake bacon, I pop it in the oven and walk away.

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So let me sum this up for you. Baked bacon is less messy than pan fried bacon, it crisps up wonderfully, and clean-up is a breeze! You can even add flavors to the bacon. Sometimes I sprinkle a little brown sugar over the bacon before it bakes. Other times I drizzle the raw bacon with a little maple syrup. Both options are yum and no matter what, if you bake bacon, you’ll have perfect bacon every single time!

How to Bake Bacon

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Prep Time: 2mn
Cook Time: 20mn
Total Time: 22mn

INGREDIENTS

  • Sliced Bacon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet (jelly roll pan) with foil (or parchment paper). 
  2. Arrange the bacon in a single layer.
  3. Place the tray of bacon in a cold oven. Turn on the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Bake for anywhere from 17-25 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked to your preference.
  5. Baking time will vary depending on how fast your oven gets up to temp, and how thick your bacon is. Thinner bacon will cook faster than thicker bacon.
  6. When the bacon is crispy, carefully remove the pan from the oven making sure not to spill the bacon grease.
  7. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Then ejoy!
  8. If you want to save the bacon grease, pour it into a heat-safe container.
  9. *Note: If you have never baked bacon in your oven before, start checking the bacon as early as 8 minutes. The rate at which the bacon cooks varies depending on how fast your oven comes to temp. I’ve heard of bacon cooking as fast as 10 minutes and taking as long as 30 minutes. From my experience, it is usually done between 17-25 minutes.

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  1. I used to work in a kitchen about 13 years ago and had to cook breakfast for about 50.. this is the method i used..yes i agree less messy..no babysitting it anf u can add diff flavors! Yum!

  2. I have been making my baking like this for years . I brush maple syrup and sprinkle it with some brown sugar!

  3. James C. Cormier

    Navy has done it like this since cooking on ships I would imagine

  4. For Love of Cupcakes

    I’m so afraid of getting popped by grease in the skillet that I never make bacon! I should try this!! Thx!

  5. I like baking it on a non-stick cooling rack so it doesn’t cook it its own drippings..

  6. Kara Millot-Saurenman

    Tried it in our new apt and found out it sets off the smoke detector!!! Hesitant to try it again. Do you know if covering it with alum. foil would help? Love it baked. So useful for so many things.

    • Connie van den Broek

      I put tinfoil on the bottom of the pan and I loosely lay tinfoil over the top. less mess and no smoke. I’ve done it in an apartment and the detectors never went off. You can also left the hood fan on or open a window.

  7. Anna M. Lavender

    Tabasco sauce is great on bacon. Splash it on and bake. YUM

  8. Debbie Sullivan Farrell

    I did this the other night for bacon tomato sandwiches. I loved it. The texture was different than frying.

  9. Kelly Moorepoole

    If you are having issues with the smoke from baking your bacon you might have your oven turned up to high.
    I cook mine a 380 and cook for 15 to 20 depending on how done I want my bacon.

  10. I don’t have an Instagram either, one of these days! My boyfriend introduced me to baking bacon, it’s so much easier and tastes just as good, if not better!

  11. This is hilarious as I am making blts for dinner tonight! We have an ungodly amount of tomatoes ripe in the garden..lots of mozzarella caprese and blts, yum :)

    I have a family of 6 so frying bacon takes forever….I can’t wait to try this. This will save me some time and be able to play with the kids and baby chicks we just got, thx!

  12. Bernice Nichols Larson

    I have been baking bacon for a long time, it’s wonderful no more watching a pan endlessly and no more spatters!:)

  13. I’ve been using this method over 30 years in foodservice. The joke was always how many pans of bacon have YOU burned? I used to ask the question during interviews to work in my kitchen….”did you ever burn a pan of bacon?” Those who said yes had a good chance of a job, based on other obvious credentials. Those who answered “no” were liars!

  14. Use parchment paper instead of tinfoil. It is cheaper.

  15. I’ve been a cooking bacon like this for years…my only complained is the mess it makes in your oven. Bacon fat splashes…no matter how you cook it!! :-\ I hate cleaning my oven!!

  16. Stephanie Beaulieu

    This is the only way we cook bacon.. so yummy, perfect every time and less mess.

  17. I do this except I put the bacon on a cooling rack inside the baking sheet, then the grease drains off

  18. Michelle Jarvis Ferraro

    I do this twice a month since I saw it on your page a few months back. Less mess, and time saving!!!!

  19. Michelle Jarvis Ferraro

    I put grown sugar n pepper on mine and it caramelizes so delectably!

  20. Melissa Young-Bergerson

    oh so very true. taste is a ton better and it is easier to clean up after cooking too.

  21. Have you tried baking it on a roasting pan, or on a cookie cooling rack on the baking pan? Grease drains away so bacon is not sitting in the grease.

  22. Evelyn Duerr Ryan

    I prefer putting it on a rack so the grease drips off and it’s crisper. Mine’s in the oven as we speak!

  23. My husband and I have done this for years. Recently went to a friend home she was serving pancakes. I said I have lots of bacon and we will cook in your oven. Said never heard of that It turned out great. We also use aluminum foil I get the large containers and make higher side. Clean up is a breeze let it cool and throw away. No heavy grease to worry about.

  24. You can fry it, bake it, broil it, sauté it…..Bacon GooD! :)

  25. Put it on a baking rack

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