Do you know how to cook bacon in an oven? This method makes it INCREDIBLY EASY to make “practically hands-free”, perfect bacon every time!
Well, it is said that “an old dog can’t learn new tricks”. I beg to differ! After cooking bacon in a skillet and on a electric grill for most of my life, I can safely say I DID learn a new trick! The trick I learned was how to cook bacon in an OVEN!
Cooking bacon in the oven (and the easy clean up) helps save time! You can be busy doing other things while the bacon cooks. PLUS, you don’t have to stand right there, watching the bacon splatter all over the skillet or stove top! You won’t even have to clean out the skillet or griddle once it’s done. Just pull up the foil, wad it up, and throw it in the trash! It’s a WIN-WIN!
Have you ever prepared bacon this way? Gotta tell ya, it is life changing! I love that cooking bacon this way is practically hands-free, clean up is next to nothing, and it is SO EASY! Once you’ve made bacon this way (and it turns out perfect), you will be “hooked for life”!
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How To Cook Bacon In An Oven!
It’s always best to do first things first, right? Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (up the edges), and then lightly spray the foil with non-stick baking spray. Lay the strips of uncooked bacon onto the foil in a single layer, leaving just a bit of space in between each slice.
IMPORTANT: Place the baking sheet into your oven, and THEN turn the oven on to 400°F. THAT’S RIGHT! Don’t preheat the oven!
Turn on the oven AFTER you add the bacon. Cook the bacon slices for 15-20 minutes, without disturbing. There is no need to turn the bacon over, or do anything else to it! Since this is “hands-free” cooking, I was able to prepare the rest of our meal while the bacon was in the oven!
TIP: If you want the bacon to be REALLY crisp, you can place it on a wire rack to cook, but I have found that we prefer it, cooked right on the foil.
Timing The Bacon For Doneness
My recommendation is to check the bacon at the 15 minute mark! Obviously thin slices of bacon will cook for a slightly shorter amount of time than a thicker slice of bacon! I was using fairly thick slices, and they were perfectly done in 16 minutes! Plus, did you notice that when you cook bacon in an oven, the bacon slices don’t shrink up as much? .
Once the bacon is done cooking, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Transfer the cooked bacon to a couple layers of paper towels. The paper towels will help to absorb any extra bacon grease left on the bacon.
That’s it! Just like that, and with hardly any effort, you’ve learned how to cook bacon in an oven! We enjoyed perfectly cooked bacon with some scrambled eggs and yummy cinnamon roll crescents. YUM!
This truly is the easiest way to cook bacon in an oven! No splatter screens and grease filled skillets anymore… just perfectly cooked bacon slices! As an added bonus, you can just roll up the used aluminum foil, and throw it into the trash with no pan cleanup!
Hope you will try this method next time you want bacon for breakfast, or to add to a burger (or other recipes).
Looking For More BACON Recipes?
Everything is better with bacon, right? You can find all my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy that heavily feature BACON:
- Bacon Pecan Pralines
- Candied Bacon Ice Cream
- Chocolate-Covered Bacon
- Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles
- Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Hot Dogs
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Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (up the edges), and then lightly spray foil with non-stick baking spray.
Lay strips of uncooked bacon onto the foil in a single layer, leaving a bit of space between each slice. IMPORTANT: Place baking sheet into oven, and THEN turn the oven on to 400°F. THAT'S RIGHT! Don't preheat the oven!
Turn on the oven AFTER you add the bacon. Cook bacon slices at 400° for 15-20 minutes, without disturbing. Check them at 15 minutes, because due to varying thicknesses of bacon, cooking times can vary slightly. There is no need to turn the bacon over, or do anything else to it!
Once bacon is done cooking to your desired amount of "crispness", remove baking sheet from oven. Transfer cooked bacon to a couple layers of paper towels. The paper towels will absorb any extra bacon grease left on the bacon. Serve, and enjoy!
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