I'm always amazed at how many of my friends don't realize that you can bake bacon in the oven... And it dawned on me tonight while I was baking a batch that if they don't know, chances are a good portion of you may not be aware of how to bake bacon either!
And it would be such a shame not to share the knowledge, because baked bacon is such a pleasure. Baking bacon almost always yields perfectly cooked bacon! But even better, it creates much less of a mess, and there's less of that lingering scent of fried bacon.
How To Bake Bacon
I understand if you're a little skeptical, but just give it a try once. I really think you'll be a baked bacon convert! Especially if you're cooking for a crowd -- baking bacon in the oven makes big batches a cinch.
Are you ready for this? Simply lay the bacon slices out on a cooling rack that's placed on top of a rimmed baking sheet, making sure that the slices don't overlap. Pop the whole thing into an oven that's been preheated to 400 degrees. Bake for 15-20 minutes (depends on the thickness of your bacon and how crispy you like it), and cool before serving.
I mean this was a total game changer for me! No more standing at the stovetop for 30+ minutes watching and turning bacon while trying to avoid the grease splatters that threatened to singe my arms.
Tip: Don't throw out the flavorful bacon grease that collects in the baking sheet! Drain it off through a strainer lined with a coffee filter, and store it in the refrigerator to use for sautéing veggies and so much more.