One of the easiest ways to enjoy your favorite savory meat is to cook bacon in the oven. Have you tried bakin’ your bacon?
If not, this technique might just CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Here’s why:
- Oven-baked oven stays perfectly flat.
- It cooks evenly.
- It doesn’t need constant watching.
- The flavor is amazing!
- No spatters!
- Easy clean-up.
Cooking bacon in the oven is a great way to prepare a lot of the sizzling strips for a party or potluck.
If you line your baking sheet with foil, the grease gathers in the bottom of the pan for easy clean up. We like to add a sheet of parchment paper on top of the foil, which keeps the bacon from sticking and helps it cook more evenly.
Here are three ways to oven cook your bacon:
Bake Your Bacon
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a broiler pan with foil topped by a sheet of parchment paper. Arrange the bacon strips on the parchment. It’s okay to overlap them a bit since they’ll shrink while cooking. If one end of the bacon is narrower than the other, you can alternate them as we did here:
Cook until the bacon is browned and crispy and just the amount of doneness that you like. You don’t need to turn the strips over while baking.
The exact timing will depend on the thickness of your bacon and how your oven cooks. For us, a pan of regular sliced bacon takes about 20 minutes.
Remove the pan carefully from the oven and let the bacon cool for several minutes. Use a spatula or tongs to transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain before serving.
The Cold Oven Method
Instead of preheating the oven, put the pan of bacon in the oven and then set the temperature to 350 degrees F. Add about 5 minutes to your total cooking time.
Elevate Your Oven-Baked Bacon
Baking your bacon results in strips that are quite crispy on the edges but still chewy in the middle.
If you want your bacon crispy throughout, cooking it on a rack is the way to go. You’ll need a special ovenproof rack that fits in a pan, like this one (that’s an affiliate link).
Don’t be tempted to use a cooling rack for cooking as it may be treated with a nonstick coating or not be able to withstand the temperature of the oven.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a broiler pan with foil. Place the rack on top and arrange the bacon strips. You can overlap a bit if you like since the slices with shrink while cooking.
Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes (the exact timing will depend on your oven and bacon thickness), watching carefully so the bacon doesn’t overcook, until it’s browned and crispy and just the way you like it. Drain on paper towels and serve.
Fast and Easy Oven Broiled Bacon
If you’re in a hurry, using your oven’s broiler setting is a great way to quickly cook a batch of bacon. The one caveat is that you’ll need to stay nearby and watch the bacon closely.
Turn the oven setting to Broil-medium temperature and move the oven rack, if necessary, to the middle of the oven. Arrange bacon strips on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil until the top of the bacon is brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn’t over cook. Turn the bacon over, return to the oven and broil until the the other side is browned and crispy, 2 to 4 more minutes.
Easy Clean Up
With any of these three methods, you can cool the bacon grease on the pan and carefully pour it in a sealable container to use for cooking. (Here’s our guide about what to do with bacon grease.)
Or you can carefully fold the foil towards the center of the pan to contain the grease and discard it.
Make Your Own Pre-Cooked Bacon
You can easily refrigerate a batch of cooked bacon and reheat it the next day. This is a great option if you’re preparing breakfast or brunch for a group of people and want to cook ahead so you can enjoy the party!
Let your cooked bacon cool to room temperature. Put it in a dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
To reheat, spread it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and cook it in a 325 degree oven until it’s hot.
How to Freeze Cooked Bacon
Because of its high fat content, cooked bacon freezes surprisingly well. After you’ve cooked it and drained it, gather the bacon strips and loosely stack. Wrap the stack gently in parchment paper or wax paper, folding the ends down to make a package. Tuck the package inside of a freezer-safe bag and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.
How to Reheat Bacon
When you’re ready to reheat it, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and arrange the slices in a single layer. Cook until hot and just starting to sizzle, about 10 minutes. Cool on a pan for a few minutes before serving.
You might also enjoy our guide about how to cook wavy bacon in the oven.
How about you? Do you cook your bacon in the oven, and if so, do you have any additional tips to share? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments.
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