Your days of hovering over a grease-spitting skillet are over. There’s a much easier way to cook bacon, and it’s so simple you’ll wonder if it really works. (Spoiler alert: It does.)
Why Cook Bacon in the Oven?
So much win, we have to count the ways:
- Cook a whole pound of bacon at one time in just minutes
- Baked bacon cooks flat and doesn’t curl up
- No need to turn the bacon
- No grease burns on your skin
- No grease stains on your clothes
- No grease splatters all over your stove
- Free up space on your stovetop for other foods
- Super-easy cleanup
- Baking makes it possible to make candied bacon
- Bacon is it’s own best reason to cook bacon
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
Adapted from The Easiest Way to Cook Bacon
1 pound thick-cut bacon
Large rimmed baking sheet
Baking rack (Optional: Cooking the bacon on a rack makes the bacon crisper, and lets the grease drip off the bacon as it cooks.)
1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. You won’t be broiling the bacon, so put your oven rack in the middle of your oven to distribute the heat evenly.
1. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Make sure the foil extends up the sides of the pan so it captures all the bacon grease and clean-up is easier.
2. Arrange bacon strips directly on the foil. It’s okay if the bacon overlaps slightly, because it will shrink slightly as it bakes. OR place the bacon on a rack. Place the baking pan in the oven.
3. Cook bacon for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how chewy or crispy you like your bacon.
4. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined platter. The extra grease will be absorbed by the paper towels, and the bacon will crisp up a bit as it cools. You can then transfer it to a clean plate to serve.
Notes From Home Cooks
- No baking rack? No problem. Line the baking sheet, then crumple up some more foil and lay the bacon on that to hold it up out of the grease.
- Your baking time may differ. No two ovens bake at exactly the same temperature. You’ll probably need to do this a few times to find the right time/temperature that works for you.
- Prevent oven splatters. This from Cindy Capps Lepp: Lay a layer of foil over the bacon; this will keep grease from spitting all over the oven. Remove the foil for the last few minutes of cooking for “final crisping.”
- Clean up is a snap. Just let the bacon grease cool in the pan (save it if you want), then roll up the aluminum foil and toss it.
Save Your Bacon
Here’s the method as a recipe so you can save to your Allrecipes recipe box. Or pin the graphic below. Enjoy your new life, now with perfect bacon.
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