There is nothing like a perfectly cooked piece of bacon. I love cooking with bacon but I don’t love making it unless it is baked in an oven. Once you bake your bacon, you will never stand over a hot frying pan again!
Bacon is such a friendly staple in the kitchen. It can be used for breakfast, on a sandwich, tossed with pasta, a topping to a potato, so many endless options when it comes to cooking with bacon.
One thing that I have learned is that baking bacon saves me so much time and space in the kitchen! I don’t have to worry about oil popping all over the stove top, and I do not have to stand over it, turning every so often either.
It is a breeze to clean up and I love the way the bacon cooks in the oven. It does not shrink as much and it stays semi flat. Like your bacon crispy, no worries just cook it for a little longer. This recipe is easy to alter for the crispy bacon eaters and not so crispy eaters.
We love the thick cut bacon and usually buy ours at Aldi since it is very reasonably priced and is comparable to Wright Brand bacon. If you buy a regular cut of bacon you might need to cook it for less time, it just depends on how crispy you like your bacon.
I like my bacon just right, not burnt – but not floppy. My husband likes his pretty crispy, so when mine is cooked to my liking, I remove it from the baking sheet and set some on a plate lined with paper towels, then cook his a few minutes longer to get it all crispy.
Cleaning up is simple too when baking bacon! After you have removed all the bacon from the baking sheet, let the grease firm up. Once it is all solid just carefully fold up the foil and throw it in the trash, boom all clean. This is also a great way to cook bacon for a crowd or while you are making pancakes for brunch.
The Best Way to Cook Bacon
Preheat oven and line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. Lay bacon on baking sheet in a single line for each piece. I usually have to use two pans for an entire package of bacon ( I need a bigger baking sheet).
Bake for 20 minutes or until it is to your liking. Line a plate or another baking sheet with paper towels. Remove bacon from baking sheet and set on the paper towels so excess oil can be absorbed. Lay one final layer on top of all the bacon to get the oil absorbed off the top as well.
Serve as breakfast or chop up and use for eggs, salad, pasta or sandwiches etc. If you need a Thanksgiving side and you love bacon, then you have to try my green bean casserole with bacon recipe, so delicious.
Have you ever tried baking bacon? Will you ever cook it any other way again? I would love to know what you think! Comment below and use #moerecipes so I can see how you like you bacon cooked!
- 1 package of bacon 1 lb or however many pieces you would like to cook
- Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
Spray baking sheet lined with foil with non stick cooking spray.
Lay bacon onto baking sheet in a single line for each piece.
Bake for 20 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.
Line a plate or another baking sheet with paper towels (I usually use 2 on bottom and then one final one on top layering in between if needed)
Remove bacon from baking sheet and set on the paper towels so excess oil can be absorbed. Lay one final layer on top of all the bacon to get the oil absorbed off the top as well. Enjoy.
Store bacon in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for 3-4 days.