How to Cook Bacon in the Oven A step by step guide to making bacon in the oven, how to keep your oven door clean, and how to save the bacon grease!

bacon cooked in the oven on a sheet pan

Hello everyone and happy Monday!  If there is one thing I am an expert at, its cooking bacon in the oven.  I make bacon in the oven at least 3 times a week so I thought “Why not share How to Cook Bacon in the Oven with my readers!”

I could literally give the person who invented bacon a huge hug.  This person has sustained me for the past 8 years.

I have used bacon in many recipes on my humble little blog including… Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup, Gluten Free Meatballs with Bacon Tomato Sauce, and Crustless Quiche with Bacon and Brie.

Bacon has been my easy meal that I can just throw in the oven and call it breakfast…all while my coffee is brewing.


Speaking of low carb breakfast, have you tried my pancake breakfast sandwich?  So yummy!

In this edition of “How To,” In addition to showing you how to cook bacon in the oven, I’m going to also be telling you how I keep my oven door clean, and how to save your bacon grease!  Lets get started!

My favorite kind of bacon is thick cut bacon.  That has always been my preference because it is delicious and thicker.  I really can’t think of any other reasons, ha!


a package of thick cut bacon

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You could definitely use any bacon you like though, it will just alter the cooking time depending on the thickness.


I use a rimmed sheet pan and I lay the raw bacon directly on the sheet pan.  I can usually fit 8-9 pieces on my sheet pan.  This is my favorite sheet pan because when I want to use foil, it fits perfectly in the pan without the bacon grease seeping under like on larger sheet pans.

You could use a rimmed sheet pan with a rack (like this one) if you want to avoid draining your bacon.  I personally don’t like to use this type of pan because the wire rack is a pain to clean and I cook bacon too much to be cleaning that wire rack 3 times a week. But I do love that wire rack when I make my Crispy Chicken Thighs.

You could also line your baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.  I personally use foil sometimes when I don’t feel like cleaning the pan ????


raw bacon on a sheet pan



I put my bacon in the oven at 400F and it takes about 15 minutes to cook to my liking.  If you use thinner bacon, it will cook quicker so be sure to keep an eye on it.  I would check it every 5 minutes just to be safe.  There is no need to pre-heat the oven.  It is actually best to start the bacon in a cold oven.  It helps render the fat better.  Sometimes for thicker bacon, I flip the pieces halfway through so I don’t have any half cooked pieces.

When the luscious, delicious, amazing, crunchy, salty, scrumptious bacon comes out of the oven, you can marvel at its beauty, or you can lay it out on paper towels to drain off the grease.


bacon draining on paper towels


So now you are left with a dirty oven and a greasy baking pan.  What ever will we do???

I’m not going to lie and say that bacon doesn’t pop grease all over the oven.  The inside of my oven is a permanent mess, but I have a clean oven door so I can peek through the glass no problem.  How does she do it folks?!?!

About once a week, after I’ve just cooked bacon and my oven is still hot, I take a wet microfiber cloth (I like Norwex cloths), and I wipe down the door really quickly.  This gets all of the weeks worth of bacon grease splatter off of my oven door!  I couldn’t care less about the rest of the oven…I’ll clean it one of these days!

For the leftover bacon grease that is in your pan, you can save it!  Bacon grease it great to cook with because it has a high smoke point…and it’s free!


To save the bacon drippings, you need to make sure you strain out all of the solids because those can go rancid.  I use a kitchen sieve over a glass jar.  After I strain it into a jar, I keep it in the refrigerator.  This will keep for a very long time!


a jar of bacon grease and a sieve


And there you have it!  How to cook bacon in the oven, a clean oven door, and bacon grease stored for later to make a big fat juicy steak salad!

5 from 3 votes
bacon cooked on a baking sheet
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
A step by step guide to making bacon in the oven, how to keep your oven door clean, and how to save the bacon grease!


Course: Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 140 kcal
  • 8-9 Slices bacon
  1. Lay the raw bacon out on a sheet pan.  Place in the middle of the oven and turn the oven on to 400F.  Cook the bacon until crisp, about 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and drain the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels.

Recipe Notes
  1. You can line your baking sheet with a wire rack, parchment paper, or foil.  The parchment paper and foil will aid with cleanup and the wire rack will help you avoid draining on paper towels.
  2. Save the bacon grease in a glass jar with a lid.  Using a sieve, strain the solid pieces from the bacon grease and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Store leftover bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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  1. Reply

    This is *exactly* how I cook my bacon in the oven, except I always use foil because I’m always lazy. 😉 Love the tip about the microfiber cloth though. Totally trying that next time!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 4, 2017

      haha! I use foil most of the time too!

  2. Reply

    That is also how I cook my bacon in the oven, but I didn’t know that you can use a microfibre cloth I will have to try next time. Great post!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 4, 2017

      Hope it works out for you!

  3. Reply

    Bookmarking this right now! I love making bacon in the oven as opposed to on the stove, but I’ve never gotten it quite right. Now I will. 🙂

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 4, 2017

      Glad to know I could help!

    • Tina
    • December 4, 2017

    I love cooking bacon in the oven, easy cleanup, just shut the oven door;P

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 4, 2017

      Yes, definitely!

  4. Great post I dont know why Ive not tried cooking bacon in the oven before. Fab tip about starting off the oven cold to help render the fat!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 5, 2017

      You should definitely try it!

    • Emma
    • February 18, 2018

    Jennifer – please help – I can’t find the answer anywhere…So if I cook a whole bunch of bacon in the oven for prepping ahead…I can store it in the refrigerator, but then how would you heat it up for use in recipes? I don’t want fridge cold bacon all the time. Thanks

      • jenniferbanz
      • February 18, 2018

      That’s a good questions, Emma! I would put it back in the oven on a baking sheet for a few minutes.

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