How to Cook Bacon Recipe

I’m about to share a quick-tip with you that will rock your bacon-lovin’ world – How to Cook Bacon in the Oven!

Are you ready?

 

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Learning how to cook bacon in the oven is really an essential cooking tip that I just had to share with you.

It’s baked bacon in reality, but my tongue always gets twisted trying to say baked bacon. Whatever.

Anyway, back to this bacon cooked in the oven.

 

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There are so many benefits, I can’t even begin to think of them all, but here are a few.

  • No frying bacon splatters to pelt you in your sort of asleep, near wake state in the mornings as you make breakfast
  • Easy cleanup
  • Works great for cooking a lot of bacon at one time for a crowd or later use
  • Did I mention no splatters? Uh, yeah. That could be listed a million times and I would still think it should be listed again

How to Cook Bacon Recipe from addapinch.com

 

This is truly one of those kitchen tips that every single person in all the land should know about. It’s life changing.

So, here’s my recipe for how to cook bacon in the oven. You are going to love it! Well, if you like bacon that is.

You DO like bacon, don’t you?

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How to Cook Bacon Recipe
 
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Learn how to cook bacon in the oven for perfect bacon every time. Use in numerous bacon recipes.
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • bacon
Instructions
  1. Place bacon on a baking sheet and into a cold oven. Turn oven to 375 degrees F and bake bacon for 15-20 minutes, depending on desired amount of crispness for bacon.
  2. Remove from oven and drain bacon on paper towels.
  3. Method 2:
  4. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place wire rack into baking sheet. Arrange bacon onto wire rack. Place baking sheet with wire rack into cold oven. Turn oven to 375 degrees F and bake bacon as directed above. Remove from oven and serve.
Notes
To Freeze: Once bacon has cooled, place bacon slices into a zip top freezer bag. To reheat, simply microwave until heated throughout.

Enjoy!
Robyn xoxo

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.

Comments

  1. 1

    Discovered how to cook bacon in the oven 15 years ago. Have not done it another way since! We’re big campers and this works great on the top rack on a grill or open fire pit as long as the flame is not high. We use disposable aluminum pans for outdoor grilling.

    • 2

      We’re big campers, too!!! LOVE cooking bacon over an open fire when we’re camping too, Ann. The smell is incredible!

  2. 3
    Lisa T. says:

    I just talked with a co worker yesterday about this!! She stopped eating bacon for years because of the mess and someone told her about baking bacon. She was even told about boiling it but I thought that method wouldn’t be good. My uncle used to bake bacon all the time when I was a tot and I tried it once but didn’t care for it too much. I would like to try it again and will do so this weekend!

    • 4

      I can’t wait to hear how it works for you, Lisa. It makes all the difference in the world. I will never forget the weekend my sister-in-law, Cindy, taught me that trick. Totally life-changing!!!

  3. 5
    Kim in RI says:

    My only comment is who the heck ever has bacon left to freeze???? LOL!

    • 6

      So very true! I will say that I sometimes cook a huge pack of bacon while I cooking it and then pop the pieces into a freezer bag to make those weekday mornings so much quicker. :)

    • 7

      I wait until it comes on special and then buy a few pounds and I cook a few pounds at a time so I usually always have bacon in freezer.

  4. 8

    I do the second one listed with the rack. I love it that way. I have a question. The hubs and I love bacon and order from a NY place that we adore. I received a large amount from a place in TN as a gift from my broter. It is deliciously smoky, but the hubs couldn’t eat it as it was tooo salty for him. Any ideas? I am just thinking to cook with it a piece or two at a time instead of him trying to eat it. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • 9

      What a great gift! I would try adding a slice or two to greens, beans or peas when cooking them for the added flavor, similar to how my Grandmother would sometimes use salt pork. It will lend a great flavor and you won’t need to add as much salt to your greens, beans, or peas when they are cooked.

    • 10
      Kim in RI says:

      and a nice smokey bacon with roasted brussel sprouts – to die for!

    • 11
      judy morano says:

      For Winnie: Years ago when my mother had an Easter ham that was too salty she would simmer it for awhile in water to remove some of the salt. I think this procedure would also work well for your bacon. Try it with a few pieces to see. Hope it works for you.
      I have been baking my bacon in the oven for years. Only way to make it!

  5. 12

    I love when you share tips like this… makes me smack my head and think, why didnt *I* think of that? :)

    • 13

      Oh my goodness gracious, but the tips you share on how to have cake decorations WITHIN a cake? How genius are those!

  6. 14

    I love to cook bacon in the oven! beautiful bacon pictures Robyn!

  7. 16

    I love this method, too. I honestly can’t remember the last time I cooked bacon on the stovetop. I line my baking sheet with parchment and when all is finished, I drain off the bacon fat into a jar (you *know* us Southerners *have* to keep a little on hand), toss the parchment in the trash and that’s about it. Very little clean-up needed for the pan.

    • 17

      Oh my, I can’t even tell you the last time I was without a jar of bacon grease! I think I’d lose my Southern card or something if I did! {Well, my Grandmother would have disowned me, at the very least!}

    • 18

      So glad to hear others save their grease… We use ours mostly to pop popcorn. It cuts down on how much coconut oil we use… Which is so expensive!!

      And I love baking bacon – a few months ago another blogger mentioned it- we haven’t gone back!!! Need to keep spreading the word.

    • 19

      Isn’t it the best? Love it. My grandmother always saved her bacon grease for cooking so many things. My favorite was always her eggs! So delicious!!!

  8. 20

    this has been the only way i cook bacon for years. #1-no greasy stove to clean up and #2-can cook more at one time when you have a crowd to feed and oh yeah, #3-it doesn’t seem to shrink up as much or curl up like fried does.

    • 21

      You are so right about it not seeming to shrink as much, Nancy. I think it has a lot to do with cooking slowly, too. More fat seems to render off of the bacon, in my opinion.

  9. 22

    I cook mine in the oven too– great trick to share :)

  10. 23

    Line the baking pan with foil and the clean up is amazingly simple.

  11. 24

    For all of the sweet & savory lovers out there, a sprinkling of brown sugar on each piece before the bacon goes into the oven makes for crispy, candied bacon that is completely delicious magic!

  12. 26
    ElizaBeth says:

    We cook ours on the foreman grill. All the grease drains off, to be stored for later use in gravy biscuts and such.

  13. 27

    Bacon makes me happy :) I haven’t baked it in a while but I really should try again. I’m so over the splatter mess that frying creates.

  14. 28

    I’ve even broiled bacon. You have to watch it carefully if you do that.

  15. 29

    I absolutely ADORE cooking bacon in the oven. And if you brush it with maple syrup and dust it with a little fine-ground cornmeal before you bake it…oh my goodness. :)

  16. 30

    Done this for years–love this way to cook bacon. I use my broiler pan so the grease drips down into the bottom. First I spray it with non-stick spray for easier clean-up.

  17. 31

    This is something I have been wanting to try. NOW I will. Thank you for sharing it. Love your post and pictures.

  18. 32

    I have started cooking bacon in the oven…so much easier and I love not having to clean up grease splatters!

  19. 33

    This is the only way I cook bacon. I put it on a piece of parchment paper because I can’t stand scrubbing pans.

  20. 34
    Saltwater says:

    Cooking bacon in the oven is great if you have to make a lot but there’s something to be said about bacon fried in a cast iron skillet. To me frying bacon in a cast iron is actually good for it and helps keep cast iron seasoned.
    Also, don’t for get to save the melted bacon grease…

  21. 35

    I have never cooked bacon on the stove. Only in the oven, my 25 years of marriage. Even back then, Hormel had instructions on their package for baking it and I wondered why anyone would do it any other way? :-)

  22. 36

    This is the only way we cook bacon, now! So simple and easy!

  23. 37

    I love this method, no major mess is a plus, and I like a crispy bacon. I have to ask, what do you do with bacon grease in the jar? Sounds like something I need to know!:)

  24. 38

    I hate bacon splatters! Does it splatter in the oven when you bake it? This looks so much easier than using a pan!

  25. 39

    I love this method!It’s quite handy to have that bacon already cooked and in the freezer for a quick BLT in the summer.

  26. 40

    I think my favorite thing about baked bacon is how flat it is. So much nicer to fit it in a wrap, sandwich, etc. Found that I actually use less bacon per sandwich because baking it seems to keep it longer instead of kind of shrunken.

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