Cook Bacon In The Oven
The best way to prepare Bacon is by cooking it in the oven.
If you have never cooked your Bacon in the oven, you will love this technique. Less mess, better texture to the Bacon Strips and easier clean up.
I know your first impulse is to reach for your skillet but, trust me, this is much easier. Oh, one of the best things about this method is, the Bacon doesn’t spatter when cooking it in the oven!
You will end up with flat Bacon that all cooks at the same time so you don’t have to stand over a spattering skillet in your robe, hoping not to get burned watching and waiting for that Bacon to be done and if you let it go 30 seconds too long you have a hard crisp charcoal style Bacon.
Although you do get the aroma of Bacon while baking it, it isn’t as overpowering as when you fry it. Do you ever have guests come over in the evening and comment that you must have made Bacon that morning? I love Bacon but the smell shouldn’t linger for days!
This is a great time saver too! You can prepare the remaining dishes and get the coffee brewing while your Bacon is baking. No more juggling the eggs, making toast, brewing coffee all while you babysit the Bacon! That is too much for an early morning, which is why you probably resort to cereal or pastries.
Once you starting baking your Bacon you will never go back to frying!
Here is what you need:
- 1 Package of Bacon, (12 ounces or 1 pound) thick or standard cut
- 1 (13 x 18) Baking Sheet
- Aluminum Foil to cover baking sheet
1. Line the baking sheet with the aluminum foil. This will make clean up easier.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Placed the strips of Bacon on the foil covered pan. They should not overlap but can be close together.
4. Place the Bacon in the preheated oven and bake for 12-30 minutes. All ovens cook differently so check at the 12 minute mark and add more time from there. (a thick cut Bacon will take the longest)
5. You should turn your Bacon over at the half way point. It isn’t totally necessary, so if you forget, your Bacon will be just fine. I do it just to ensure even cooking. If you have an older oven or electric oven, you probably should turn it to ensure it is cooking evenly and that it all gets done at the same time. Timing will also depend on the type of Bacon cut you have. Obviously a thick cut will take a bit longer.
6. I used thick cut Bacon in this photo and it took about 28 minutes for my Bacon to be done. You can see the size will reduce as Bacon does when cooking and it sizzles but does not have a pool of grease as it does when you cook it on the stove top.
7. Transfer the Bacon from the pan to a paper towel lined platter to allow any excess fat to be absorbed.
8. Now you can remove the aluminum foil from the pan, just roll it up, and put your baking sheet right in the dishwasher. VERY easy clean up! Great tasting Bacon!
Tip by: Hot Dish Homemaker