How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
I think I have eaten my weight in bacon this week! And it was purely sacrificial on my part so I could give you precise and accurate information on how to cook bacon in the oven. It had nothing to do with the fact that I couldn’t resist all the perfectly cooked bacon right at my fingertips. The life of a food blogger. It’s tough. 🙂 My mom mentioned to me the other day that she now cooks bacon in the oven and that it works great. I had heard the rumor going around that this was possible, but I kind of dismissed it as I thought it would spread bacon grease all over my oven and everything I cooked in the future would smell like bacon, and the smoke alarm would go off, causing undue stress for someone like me who isn’t a morning person anyway. She assured me it worked so I decided to try it. And she was right! It didn’t spread bacon grease all over my oven, and the smoke alarm didn’t go off. Instead I had perfectly cooked bacon that didn’t need tending and turning every 3 minutes to make sure it didn’t get burned. My stovetop stayed clean, too. It just goes to show you, you should always listen to your mother!
I do have a few tips for you if you want to try this method. I tried it 3 different ways to see what ended up with the best results. First, I baked the bacon in the oven without turning it, and it worked okay, but the edges were a little overdone. Edible, but not perfect. Then I tried placing the bacon on top of a baking rack, thinking the bacon would be less greasy. I wasn’t totally happy with the result. The bacon wasn’t significantly less greasy, and this method did splatter my oven door with grease (although thankfully the smoke alarm didn’t go off), and it didn’t cook as evenly. I think it splattered because it was just a little bit higher on the cookie sheet, and the sides of the cookie sheet didn’t keep the splatters contained. Finally, I tried baking the bacon, on foil without a rack, turning it almost halfway through. And it was just right. Flat, perfectly crisp and browned bacon, without the overdone edges. I might have heard angels singing in the background when I pulled it out, I’m not sure! 🙂
If you have never tried cooking bacon in the oven I highly recommend it! I also recommend Trader Joe’s uncured, applewood smoked bacon. (This is not a sponsored post, I just love it!) The flavor is unbelievable, and I feel better using bacon that is not full of nitrates. It is a little thicker, but not a lot, than most store-bought bacon.
It took 24 minutes total in the oven. The time would be slightly different depending on the thickness of your bacon and hotness of your oven so just watch it very closely the first time you bake it, especially at the end, and adjust the time accordingly. Just try it once, and I don’t think you will ever go back to cooking it on the stove. If you are someone like me, who isn’t a morning person, this is the best idea since sliced bread. Now we can focus on important things in the morning like opening our eyes and drinking coffee. Thanks, Mom! 🙂
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
- 1 pkg. bacon
- 1 cookie sheet with at least 1 inch sides
- foil (parchment paper works too)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with at least 1 inch sides with foil or parchment paper.
- Place bacon on foil or parchment lined cookie sheet in a single layer with a little space between each piece.
- Place in oven for 8 minutes.
- Turn each piece of bacon with tongs.
- Place back in oven for an additional 14 to 16 minutes (mine took 16) depending on the thickness of your bacon, the hotness of your oven, and your desired crispiness)
- Watch carefully towards the end to make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Place bacon on a paper towel lined plate to soak up any extra grease. Serve immediately.
- Refrigerate any leftovers (as if there would be any)! 🙂
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do