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!”
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.
Bacon has been my easy meal that I can just throw in the oven and call it breakfast…all while my coffee is brewing.
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!
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven (No Mess!)
- 8-9 Slices bacon
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store leftover bacon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- 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.
- 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!