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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven A step by step guide to cooking crispy and perfect bacon in the oven, how to keep your oven door clean, and how to save the bacon grease! Baking bacon in the oven is so easy!

bacon baked in the oven

Hello everyone and happy Monday!  If there is one thing I am an expert at, its cooking bacon in the oven.  I bake 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!”

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I could literally give the person who invented bacon a huge hug.  This person has sustained me for the past 10 years.  I really consider myself a bacon expert and I have a whole section on my blog dedicated to bacon recipes.  Check it out here.

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 or Keto Coffee Recipe?  So yummy!

In this edition of “How To,” In addition to showing you how to cook bacon in the oven (the best way), 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.

WHAT TO COOK BACON ON IN THE OVEN?

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. I also do not like to use a rack to cook the bacon on because I like that the bacon lays in it’s own grease and fries, just like when you cook it on the stove top.  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 ready for the oven

 

WHAT TEMPERATURE DO YOU COOK BACON IN THE OVEN?

I put my bacon in the oven at 400F and it takes about 30 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.

 

baked bacon draining on paper towels

HOW LONG TO BAKE BACON IN THE OVEN?

There are many variables in how long you need to let your bacon bake in the oven.  A good temperature to start with is 400F.  The time it takes depends on the thickness of you bacon and how crispy you like your bacon.

HOW TO KEEP BACON FROM SPLATTERING IN THE OVEN?

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

Anyone that tells you that bacon cooking in a 400F oven doesn’t platter grease all over the oven is telling a big fat lie.  The inside of my old oven was 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!

UPDATE!  You guys I have a massive trick to keeping the bacon from popping grease all over your oven!  If you are a conservationist, i’m sorry.  I bought a shiny new oven and I did not want to mess it up with bacon grease like my old oven.  So this is what I do now.

I place the bacon on the baking sheet and then I cover it with parchment paper.  I cook the bacon at 400F until it is crispy.  This takes about 20-25 minutes at 400.  I’ve been doing this for over a month and my oven is still spotless!

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

WHAT TO DO WITH BACON GREASE?

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

BACON NUTRITION FACTS

Again, it varies on the brand you buy but in general, here are the nutrition facts:

1 slice cooked bacon has 43 calories / 3.3g fat / 1.1g sat fat / .1g carbs / 3g protein

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!

HOW TO COOK BACON IN THE OVEN VIDEO:

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (No Mess!)

Perfectly cooked crispy bacon in the oven. This oven bacon recipe shows steps to use a foil lined baking sheet, and my #1 trick to keeping your oven clean. Also, how I like to save the bacon grease.
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Course: Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 43kcal

Ingredients

  • 8-9 Slices bacon

Instructions

  • See Notes to find out a different technique to keep your oven completely clean while cooking bacon in the oven!
  • 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 30 minutes (or until it is done to your liking) Remove from the oven and drain the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels.

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.
  4. FREEZE COOKED BACON: Cook as much bacon as you like according to the above directions and let cool.  Line a sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper and place the bacon on the pan in a single layer.  Continue with the paper and a layer of bacon up to 3 thick.  Place in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours.  Transfer the frozen bacon to a freezer bag or container and keep frozen for up to 3 months.  TO SERVE: microwave for 30 seconds and serve.
  5. UPDATE!  You guys I have a massive trick to keeping the bacon from popping grease all over your oven!  If you are a conservationist, i'm sorry.  I bought a shiny new oven and I did not want to mess it up with bacon grease like my old oven.  So this is what I do now.
    I place the bacon on the baking sheet and then I cover the bacon with parchment paper.  I cook the bacon at 350F until it is crispy.  This takes about 30-40 minutes at 350.  I've been doing this for over a month and my oven is still spotless!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice cooked | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g
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    • ED BURKE
    • June 5, 2019
    Reply

    Great video I love bacon thank you great idea parchment paper

    • Kelly
    • May 26, 2019
    Reply

    I used to cook on a train and we always cooked our bacon this way as we were needing bacon for hundreds of passengers at a time.

    To help keep it from sticking to the pan, place the first slice meatier side up, then lay the next slice half on top of it, placing the next piece’s meatier side on top of the fattier side of the one before. Continue laying them out this way until your pan is filled. As they cook they will shrink and you can then separate them to lay them flat on the pan now coated with the melted fat.

    If the bacon curls in areas to the point that it can’t lay flat to brown properly, making a small cut in the bulged area will allow it to flatten.

    • Joanie
    • May 18, 2019
    Reply

    Wow! This works soo well! No more frying pan for me 😄
    Thank you Jennifer

    • Jacqueline McCollum
    • May 10, 2019
    Reply

    Loved your hint of parchment paper on top of bacon. 👍

    • JSM
    • April 24, 2019
    Reply

    For this point forward, THIS is how I’ll cook bacon! Thank you.
    One small bit of trouble ~~> The first time I tried the recipe, the bacon strips stuck to the cooking sheet. Now, I cover the pan in a thin layer of bacon grease before the first batch and no more sticking!
    Also, love the parchment paper over top suggestion!

    • Diane
    • March 14, 2019
    Reply

    👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

    • Nancy
    • December 25, 2018
    Reply

    Great tip covering bacon with parchment paper and cooking at 350. Worked perfectly!!

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 26, 2018
      Reply

      So glad you liked it!

    • Rose
    • August 3, 2018
    Reply

    How would you modify this for a convection toaster oven?

      • jenniferbanz
      • August 7, 2018
      Reply

      I am not sure

  1. Reply

    I never realized you could cook bacon like this until my roommate started doing it this way lol. We use a rack and it is a pain to clean, but we spray it down with cooking oil beforehand which definitely helps, but it’s still a pain in the butt. lol.

    • Emma
    • February 18, 2018
    Reply

    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
      Reply

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

  2. 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
      Reply

      You should definitely try it!

    • Tina
    • December 4, 2017
    Reply

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

      • jenniferbanz
      • December 4, 2017
      Reply

      Yes, definitely!

  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
      Reply

      Glad to know I could help!

  4. 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
      Reply

      Hope it works out for you!

  5. 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
      Reply

      haha! I use foil most of the time too!

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