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How To Bake Bacon In The Oven (NO MESS!!!)

Oven baked bacon is, hands down, the easiest way to get perfectly crispy and delicious bacon with the least amount of mess. Once you learn how to bake bacon in the oven, you’ll never cook it any other way… Makes big batches a cinch!

how to bake bacon on a cooling rack set on a baking sheet

How To Bake Bacon

I can still vividly recall the first time I cooked bacon myself… I cranked up the burner and fried those slices into oblivion. My older cousin took one look at the shriveled-up, singed pieces of bacon that I pulled from the skillet and literally laughed out loud. Definitely NOT my finest cooking moment!

I can’t say that I ever perfected frying bacon on the stovetop, but once I learned how to bake bacon in the oven, it became a moot point. Cooking bacon in the oven is, hands down, the easiest and BEST way to cook bacon. You get crispy and delicious slices of bacon with the least amount of mess. I’d saying this trick is running neck and neck with this baked grilled cheese for my favorite #momhack of all time!

I’m always amazed at how many of my friends and family don’t realize that you can bake bacon in the oven… 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. Oh, and did I mention you don’t need to turn it repeatedly?

I understand if you’re a little skeptical, but give it a try just 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!

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How To Make Bacon In The Oven

Are you ready for this? Simply lay the bacon slices out on a cooling rack that’s placed on top of a rimmed aluminum baking sheet, making sure that the slices don’t overlap.

Pop the whole thing into an oven that’s been preheated to 400 degrees, and then bake it for approximately 15-20 minutes. Pat each slice dry with a paper towel to remove any extra grease, and serve. Easy-peasy!

How Long To Bake Bacon

Note that how long to bake bacon in the oven depends 1) on the thickness of your bacon and 2) how crispy you like it. I like a high-quality, thick-cut bacon myself, so I tend to bake it for the longer end of the spectrum. Until you get a feel for how long you need to bake your favorite brand, I suggest checking it at 15 minutes and then every additional minute until it’s cooked to your taste.

Also, I really like this cooling-rack-on-baking-sheet method because it produces crispier bacon and most of the fat drains off while it’s cooking. But if you like your bacon a little chewier, you can try baking it right on the sheet. In either case, lining the baking sheet with aluminum foil makes for even easier cleanup (and I’m ALL about easy cleanup)!

oven baked bacon on a cooling rack set on a baking sheet

Oven baked bacon is a TOTAL game changer for me! No more standing at the stovetop for 30+ minutes watching and turning bacon, while trying to avoid those painful grease splatters. I just can’t help but share the love!

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best way to cook bacon in the oven on a cooling rack set on a baking sheet

How To Bake Bacon

Yield: 12 slices of bacon
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Oven baked bacon is, hands down, the easiest way to get perfectly crispy and delicious bacon with the least amount of mess. Once you learn how to bake bacon in the oven, you'll never cook it any other way... Makes big batches a cinch!

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-lb.) pkg. bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a cooling rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet that's lined with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon slices out on the rack, making sure that they don't overlap. More than one tray can be baked at the same time if necessary.
  3. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. How long to bake bacon depends on the thickness of the bacon and desired crispiness. Check frequently toward the end of the cooking time.
  4. Pat each bacon slice dry with a paper towel to remove excess grease, and cool slightly before serving.

Notes

Store leftover bacon (is there such a thing?!) in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

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save the rendered bacon fat after making bacon in the oven

Save The Rendered Bacon Fat

One final tip: don’t even THINK about throwing out the flavorful rendered bacon fat that collects on the baking sheet. This stuff is pure magic!

Let it cool slightly, then pour it off into a glass jar through a mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. You can then store it in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for even longer.

Wondering how to use it? Well, I like to use it for sautéing and roasting vegetables, like in this roasted butternut squash recipe… EVERYONE always wants to know the secret to my amazingly flavorful veggies — I don’t mind sharing! It’s also fantastic stirred into cooked beans, for greasing the griddle when making pancakes (like the ones at Cracker Barrel!), and in savory cornbread. Trust me, you’ll have NO PROBLEM using it up!


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Krystal

Friday 26th of July 2019

I love cooking bacon this way! The only problem I have found is cleaning the cooling rack afterward. It’s a pretty big pain!

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Agree with you there! I just toss mine in the dishwasher, and it usually comes out pretty clean.

Kimberly

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

I couldn't live without bacon - great tips!

Kellie

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

The only way we make bacon here!

Sommer

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Perfectly crispy bacon every single time!

Nellie Tracy

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

I love this idea! Seriously no mess!

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