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A guide on how to bake bacon in the oven – perfect bacon every single time!
Baked Bacon is one of the most undervalued kitchen hacks. Baking bacon in the oven not only saves you time, but it’s also easier to clean up than pan frying bacon on the stovetop.
I’ve been cooking bacon on a regular basis for the last 10 years, yet it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I heard about baking bacon.
My first thought was probably something along the lines of… “why would I bake bacon, isn’t my oven going to be a mess!” Likely followed by …”you mean the bacon sits in all of the grease as it’s cooking? Ewe.”
And then I learned what baking bacon is all about and discovered that it’s actually super easy and better yet, it’s less messy than pan frying bacon!
Not only is it easier to bake bacon, I also think it tastes better. For whatever reason, baked bacon crisps up perfectly every single time. Crispy yet chewy, just the way I like it.
And did I mention the part about how you don’t have to babysit it? When I pan-fry bacon, I am glued to the stove to keep an eye on the bacon and flipping it when needed. When I bake bacon, I pop it in the oven and walk away.
So let me sum this up for you. Baked bacon is less messy than pan fried bacon, it crisps up wonderfully, and clean-up is a breeze! You can even add flavors to the bacon. Sometimes I sprinkle a little brown sugar over the bacon before it bakes. Other times I drizzle the raw bacon with a little maple syrup. Both options are yum and no matter what, if you bake bacon, you’ll have perfect bacon every single time!
How to Bake Bacon
- sliced bacon
- Arrange the bacon in a single layer.
- Place the tray of bacon in a cold oven. Turn on the oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake for anywhere from 17-25 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked to your preference.
- When the bacon is crispy, carefully remove the pan from the oven making sure not to spill the bacon grease.
- Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Then enjoy!