If you aren’t already cooking your bacon in the oven, you should be. It’s the quickest, easiest way to make bacon that turns out perfect every single time. This recipe will teach you exactly how to make oven-baked bacon, and your breakfast making days will be changed forever!
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Oven-Baked Bacon – Perfect bacon every time!
I was cooking bacon in a skillet for years, I thought it was the only way to do it. There would be bacon grease flying all over the kitchen, and the bacon never seemed to turn out exactly how I wanted it to. Plus, cleaning up was a greasy pain in the butt.
When my friend saw me struggling one morning, making breakfast for our crew, she asked why I’m not cooking my bacon in the oven. My life was changed! Since that day, I don’t cook my bacon any other way. It’s so easy to make perfect bacon, especially for a big group of people.
Get ready for your bacon making days to be so much easier and hassle free. You will never go back to your old ways. With this recipe you’ll have the perfect crispy bacon every single time!
Why Should You Bake Bacon in the Oven?
You might be wondering why you should bake your bacon in the oven. If you’re like me and had been cooking your bacon on the stovetop or skillet for many years, baking it might seem a bit odd, but trust me, it’s not! It’s the best way to bake bacon for many reasons.
Here are some of the main reasons I suggest baking bacon in the oven:
- It turns out perfect, every single time! Baking it helps to keep the bacon from curling and it cooks it evenly.
- It’s so much easier to clean up.
- There’s no bacon grease flying all over the kitchen, or worse, getting on you.
- You can make a lot of bacon all at once. This is so great for when you have a large crowd to feed.
- It’s super easy to add spices or seasonings to make different flavors of bacon.
What you need to make bacon in the oven
- 1 package of your favorite bacon!
- Parchment paper, heavy duty foil or silicone baking mat.
- Wire rack
- Paper towels
Additions & Substitutions:
Brown Sugar: Have you ever sprinkled your bacon with some brown sugar? Trust me when I say, it’s delicious! It tastes like caramelized bacon. If you want to switch things up, give this a try.
Cracked Black Pepper: Bacon is already salty enough, but try adding cracked black pepper to it before baking. It really balances out the salt and gives it a nice flavor.
How to Make Bacon in the Oven
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Place bacon in a single layer on top of the paper.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Flip over and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Place on paper towels to absorb extra grease.
Tips / Notes
Tip 1: You can opt to line your baking sheets with tin foil instead of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. It will work just as good and helps to make the clean up much easier!
Tip 2: For thick sliced bacon, bake for 20 minutes on each side.
Tip 3: Near the end of the cooking time, watch the bacon closely to make sure it doesn’t burn. This is the only time you really need to keep an eye on it. Everyone likes their bacon done a little bit differently. I love mine super crispy, so I leave it in a bit longer, but if you don’t you will want to watch and take it out when it’s done to your liking.
Tip 4: If the bacon is still on the pan when you take it out of the oven, it will continue to cook a bit. If it’s done how you like it, be sure to remove it from the pan right away to make sure it doesn’t cook anymore.
Tip 5: Use paper towels to dab up any extra, undesired bacon grease.
How to Store Leftover Bacon
Any leftover bacon can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. If you want to freeze the leftover bacon for an easy breakfast option on busy mornings, you will want to undercook the bacon slightly. Then, when you want to enjoy it again, pull it out of the freezer and microwave it for 30 seconds. It’s great for breakfast sandwiches.
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- 1 package Bacon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Arrange bacon slices in single layer on parchment paper.
- Bake for 15 minutes then remove from oven, flip each piece over, and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until it reaches your preferred level of crispiness. (Note: For thick sliced bacon, cook on 20 minutes for each side.)
- Place baked bacon slices on paper towels (under and over bacon) to absorb the extra grease.
I am truly thrilled for you to have this little bacon making trick. It makes cooking bacon so easy and the clean up is no long that disgusting greasy mess.
Whether you’re cooking breakfast for a crowd or making some bacon for a dinner salad, it is going to be the perfect, crispy bacon every single time when you cook it in the oven.