Baking bacon in the oven? You can do that??!!
Yes, you can!! I will show you how to bake bacon in the oven with little to no effort. When you make oven baked bacon there are no more splattering grease burns AND each piece comes out perfectly EVERY single time.
It’s the perfect way to make this Pecan Sugared Bacon, too!
Learning how to cook bacon in the oven means there’s no need to slave away over the stovetop getting splattered with bacon grease anymore. Those days are officially over! Read on and I’ll tell you why.
I have to say that I LOVE bacon. Do you think Kevin Bacon loves it, too?
Yeah, give me those clogged up those arteries, elevate my cholesterol. I’m going for it. It’s the little things in life, am I right?
No. I don’t overindulge, but when it’s offered, I sure as heck ain’t passing the stuff up!
Heck, I don’t even buy it that often for my family to eat. I think I purchase it once a month if that.
And I do believe that one of the reasons we don’t have it at home more often is because I am forever burning myself with that dang nab grease that splatters ALL over the kitchen. I know, it’s always been part of cooking bacon, but when it’s all over me, that’s where I draw the line.
Baking Bacon? Well that changes the game for this girl.
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I don’t think there’s been one time when I haven’t yelled, “OUCH!” or a somewhat more expletive word while tending to the stuff on the top of the stove. Don’t hide it, I know you’ve done it, too!
And it just takes so lllloooooooonnnnnnggggggg!!!! I mean, how do you know when it’s done? It’s an eye test for sure.
Can you hear me whining? Sorry, but it’s a pain in my patootie. When I’m hungry and everyone’s being taunted by the smell of cooking bacon, the LAST thing I wanna do is stand over a stove getting grease splattered on me.
Well, no more. I’ve done gradumatated to baking it in the oven, I have!
Before I found this method I was skeptical.
Can you bake bacon in the oven?
Like most of us, I was taught how to cook bacon in a skillet or pan on the stove. It’s the only way I’d EVER seen it cooked so I didn’t question it.
I’m here to share the good news that you CAN bake bacon in the oven!
This Baked Bacon Recipe makes perfectly crispy bacon each and every time. All without the grease burns and guess work.
It’s a dream come true for bacon lovers like me. Not only can you make perfect bacon without the mess, you can also make bigger batches of it at once. More bacon = happier people around my breakfast table.
Can I tell you how incredibly easy baking bacon is?!?
I am NOT kidding. I feel like I’ve just found a pot of gold or discovered sliced bread for the first time. I’m ECSTATIC!
Not only is it easy peasy, but you’re not hovering like a helicopter over the stovetop W-A-I-T-I-N-G for it to cook, you can prepare other dishes for the meal AND there are no choice words escaping from the kitchen during the cooking process.
That right there in itself is a reason to give this a go!
Plus, clean up is so gosh darn easy because the tin foil contains the grease preventing a very messy baking sheet! Unless, of course, you’re like me and accidentally rip the stuff while not really paying attention when removing the bacon from the tray. But I trust that you’re all much more attentive than me!
Oh, but the absolute BEST reason to stick the bacon in the oven, is that it comes out exactly how I like it, crisp and delicious.
If you don’t like it super crisp, but still want it delicious and flavourful just lessen the baking time by a couple of minutes.
I’m a crispy bacon gal all the way but two of my three children like their baked bacon this way. Whether we make it ultra crispy or slightly underdone, this oven baked method works every time.
I found this post, Baking Bacon: How-To Guide to Making Perfect Bacon Every Time from Trish’s site, Mom On Timeout, and it was life changing. I’m thrilled to share it with you!
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Ah, Bacon! How do I love thee? Let me count the recipes. . .
This easy baked bacon is delicious in all its simplicity. My kids and I would be happy to eat a whole plateful of it for breakfast all on its own, honestly.
After discovering how to bake bacon, I got so excited I couldn’t help but create a few spins on it, too. This Sweet and Spicy Ranch Bacon, Pecan Sugared Bacon and Cajun Sugared Bacon have a little extra sweetness and zest that I just can’t get enough of.
Bacon is a key ingredient in so many of my go-to recipes all year long but especially in the autumn. A bowl of One Pot Bacon and Tortellini Zuppa Toscana warms body and soul on a chilly fall evening.
A batch of baked bacon is also mouthwatering when crumbled on top of a cup of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. Add a handful of shredded cheese and you have a lunch I could eat just about every day from now until spring.
Since football season is here, I’m putting this 5-Minute Fully Loaded Ranch Dip on our upcoming Game Day menus for sure! Sandra from Dash of Sanity put some bacon in this and it looks AMAZING! The hungry football crowd will make it disappear quickly, I’m sure!
When it comes to desserts, Bacon Caramel Apple Crisp is a game changer. Savory salty bacon tastes amazing good paired with the buttery sweet caramel.
That bacon that you baked up so perfectly in your oven will be delicious in this Apple Bacon Salad from Lisa’s site, Wine & Glue! I love that taste of bacon in salads, don’t you? A salad with apples and bacon like this one is ideal for Fall!
I thought I died and went to heaven when I saw this Bacon Jam recipe from Meseidy at The Noshery! YOWZA!! I think I’ll be skipping the grape jelly on my toast in the mornings from now on if this is my option!
The Best Ways for Baking Bacon – How to Bake Bacon in the Oven –
- First, Use a rimmed baking sheet so that there isn’t any run off of grease into your oven. Believe me, no one wants grease spills in the oven.
- Line the rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil and then place a piece of parchment down on top of the foil. This makes clean up a breeze.
- Place your bacon into the pan so that it is in a single layer and the pieces are not overlapping. They will stick together even if they touch, but are harder to split apart if they are on top of each other.
- There is NO NEED to preheat the oven. Trust me on this! I’ve done it both ways and starting with a cold oven gives you much better results. Scroll down to see photos of the difference between the two methods.
After trying baking bacon in the oven, I’m fully convinced that this is the superior way to cook my favorite breakfast meat. It preserves flavor and texture far better than the microwave, of course, but it also resulted in bacon that was evenly cooked across the pan (at least when I started from a cold oven).
I’m not the only one who agrees! According to Taste of Home, baking bacon in the oven ensures the the heat is more evenly distributed across all the pieces. It’s also much easier to avoid overcrowding your baking sheet than your stove top skillet.
At what temperature should I bake bacon?
As directed in the recipe, I placed the baking sheet into the oven with 8 slices of bacon on it and then turned the oven up to 400° F. I baked it for 10 minutes and then I checked on it as directed.
How long should I bake bacon?
After 10 minutes the bacon wasn’t cooked to my liking, so I left it in the oven for 3 more minutes. Still not to my liking, I let the bacon cook for an additional 6 minutes, and I checked it at every 2 minutes.
So, after a total of 19 minutes and it really was absolutely perfect. No underdone chewy pieces and nothing burnt! Just the way I like it.
Oh, and I couldn’t wait, so I ate the top three pieces. It just smelled SO good!
I still had 8 more slices of bacon to cook, so with the oven already preheated to 400°F from the last batch, I put another baking sheet with the remaining bacon into the oven.
I again cooked it for 10 minutes then checked and cooked it for another 3 minutes. Still not to my liking and looked as if it was cooking unevenly, so I left it for another 2 minutes.
I fully admit that I DID NOT like the way that the last batch turned out! Parts were done perfectly, but some of it was burnt. Definitely cooked uneven and in a shorter amount of time.
Starting with a cold oven yielded better results by far.
See, good things come to those who wait. 😉
When you’re baking bacon in the oven, definitely check on it at the 10 minute mark. Every couple of minutes take another peek. 17 minutes total was just the right time for me but yours might vary depending on your oven and your preference for done-ness.
This bacon is amazing served hot out of the oven. You might be like me and be unable to resist snacking on a few pieces right away.
It’s divine all on its own or served up with all your breakfast favorites. My mouth is watering thinking of a few strips of this bacon alongside a stack of Banana Peanut Butter Chip Pancakes or French Toast.
Doesn’t sound like just about the BEST breakfast? (Or breakfast for dinner?)
- 1 lb. bacon
- heavy duty tin foil
- parchment paper
- rimmed baking sheet
- Prepare a rimmed baking sheet by lining it with a sheet of heavy-duty tinfoil and then place a piece of parchment on top of that.
- Place the bacon on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, making sure to not overlap them.
- Place the baking sheet into the oven and turn oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake for 12 - 17 minutes, being sure to check at the 10-minute mark to see how it's doing. I checked every 3 minutes after that until it was golden and then removed it from the oven. The bacon can go from being perfectly done to burnt in a very short time, so it's important to keep your eye on it after that 10-minute mark to make sure it'd done to your desired doneness.
- Remove bacon from the oven and place on a plate lined with paper towels before serving.
Here are some more delicious breakfast ideas that you can serve right along with your bacon!
Still can’t get enough ideas for using bacon?
These Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts have your name on them my friend. Don’t tell me you’re not a fan of Brussels Sprouts until AFTER you’ve tried them cooked with delicious maple and smoky bacon. Incredible.
Just the way you want it. No splatters. Easy cleanup. And a happier you.
No more wondering how to cook bacon in the oven or even if bacon can be baked at all.