Bacon. It is the most beautiful food on the planet. Whether it’s mixed into a dish or served totally by itself, bacon can seriously elevate any meal. The one and only downside is cooking it. So, today I am going to teach you how to cook bacon in the oven.
I hate cooking bacon in a pan on the stove because of the pops and crackles of grease. I almost always get those pops and crackles on my arms or clothes, and it just creates a big mess. My favorite method is cooking it in the oven. A significantly smaller mess, and I find that it cooks more evenly and it’s easier to get the desired crispness.
Anyone who is a bacon lover like me knows that perfecting the crispness is an absolute must. This method for cooking it is sure to leave you satisfied with your cooking skills and the bacon! So, how do you do this thing?
How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
How To Cook Bacon In The Oven Using Cookie Sheets
Cover your baking sheet (like this one) thoroughly with foil. You could try using a Silpat baking mat, but I don’t know how it would affect the crispness of the bacon. Next, coat the foil lightly with cooking spray.
If you’d like your bacon to be crispy, go ahead and put it on a wire rack on top of the foil. Check out this deal on Amazon that has both the wire wrack and sheet pan. If you like your bacon a little less crisp, then place it directly on the foil.
Next, place the pan in a cold oven (this part is important), and turn the heat up to 400F.
Last, let it cook! It should take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to get to your desired crispiness. (Be sure to check the progress after about 15 minutes to make sure you don’t overcook it!)
Remove the bacon from the oven when it’s done to your liking and allow it to cool before handling. If desired, you can use tongs to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate so that it can drain.
How To Cook Bacon In The Oven-Simple Baking
Now you know my secret to perfect bacon every time. From small batches to large, you can’t beat the ease of cooking bacon in the oven. Hope this has helped and you have learned how to cook bacon in the oven. Clean up is also a piece of cake (or slice of bacon) because all you have to do it throw the foil away.
This method is a great way to guarantee an even cook of your bacon. No splatter, no greasy mess on your stovetop! A win-win situation for all!
Happy baking (and happy eating)!
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