I must have been living in a bubble. I never knew it was possible to cook bacon this good in an oven. For years I have pan-fried or microwaved (I know, don’t even go there.) my bacon. The microwave gave me the crisp I wanted, but I have to rearrange the bacon while it was cooking and sometimes it burnt it to a crisp. Not exactly what I was looking for. The good old frying pan provided a better option, but once again there was the mess and the fact that parts of the bacon would get overcooked while part remained undercooked. Nope, I didn’t want that either. Then, there is the age-old dilemma of guests for breakfast. Personally, I like my food hot and I would like to sit and eat with my guests not slave over a frying pan or an electric griddle. You can get fantastic bacon for a crowd right in your oven. This was a real game changer when my son had his sleepover and I pulled a pan of bacon out of the oven for everyone. Every week I’m going to feature a new tip either in the kitchen or in the home to help you get things done quicker! Enjoy!
How To Oven Cook Bacon:
The most important thing to remember is that bacon needs to cook slowly DO NOT PRE-HEAT the oven! The bacon needs to go into a cold oven.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. This makes clean up so much easier.
- Place the bacon in a single layer on the pan. Do not stretch it out flat. Just naturally place it on the pan.
- Place the baking sheet with bacon on the center rack of the oven.
- Turn the oven to 400 degrees. That’s it!
- Set your timer for 15-22 minutes. You have to know your oven. You don’t want to burn the bacon. It will crisp up a bit more once removed as it continues to cook a bit. I leave mine in for 22 minutes. I like mine crispy.
6. Once you remove the pan from the oven, carefully lift the bacon off the pan and onto a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb the grease. I also place one on top to get that extra grease.
That’s it folks! You have beautiful crispy bacon ready for yourself or a crowd. You can also let the bacon cool and place it in a container for use during the week in sandwiches, or crushed over a salad etc.