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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Learn how to bake bacon professionally using your oven, a baking sheet and very little skill. No other method of preparing bacon is able to produce flat and evenly cooked meat. If you’re ready to step into the big leagues of quality bacon cooking, continue reading and never again deal with curly, burnt and otherwise generally dissatisfying pork fat.

To begin, you should first understand why baking bacon results in the highest quality finished product. Oven cooking, assuming your oven is in proper working order, conveys heat evenly throughout the entire oven.

Unlike a burner or grill, both sides of the bacon strips are heated relatively equally in this method. This not only allows the bacon to cook more efficiently, but also prevents the age-old problem of bacon curling up into awkward, unmanageable strips. Bacon curls due to having one side heated and cooked much more rapidly than the other. Cooking bacon in the oven can be difficult but, if you care about the appearance of your food, it is certainly worth your time.

  1. First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take out a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper. This allows for an easier clean-up. If you have a metal cooling rack, use that; this will allow for the grease to drip down as it cooks.
  3. Lay your bacon out evenly across the baking sheet or cooling rack. If the strips are too long for your pan, use a kitchen scissors to cut each strip in half. Place the pan in the oven.
  4. Pre-Baked Bacon

  5. For thin cut bacon, bake for 12-17 minutes until your meat reaches a desired level of crispiness. For thick cut bacon, the process requires more precision. If not using a cooling rack, after cooking for 7 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and use a tongs to flip the bacon. Return the pan to the oven, and continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  6. Once your bacon is crisp to your liking, remove the pan from the oven.
  7. Baked Bacon

  8. Promptly remove the bacon from the pan and place it onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess grease.
  9. Oven Cooked Bacon

  10. Allow your bacon to cool, and enjoy!

We hope you have enjoyed learning the best way to cook bacon! Now get out there, bake some pork meat and enjoy your day. It’s hard to have a bad day after eating one of most delicious forms of meat in existence.

Written by Justin Farber

Justin Farber is a long time food-lover and longer time food-eater. The manly type, he often prepares and devours unnecessarily large feasts and washes them down with whiskey or a nice brew.