Oven-Fried Bacon – How To Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven

Oven-Fried Bacon – How To Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven

Oven-Fried Bacon…the only way I will make bacon in the future. Perfectly cooked, crispy bacon, without all the mess and cleanup – so simple to make!

I don’t make bacon often because of the mess it makes all over me, my stove and walls. After visiting my sister in Alaska, I no longer dread making bacon. She, like many others, cooks her bacon in the oven and has been making it this way for over 20 years.

For this Sunday brunch we made Applewood-Smoked Bacon  – my favorite!

As of today, I no longer fear and dread the mess of making bacon. When we have our next Sunday brunch, I promise to have a plate full of perfect crispy bacon on the table.


*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven. Lay slices of bacon side-by-side in a single layer in a pan with a lip- jelly roll pan, roasting pan, cookie sheet. If you are cooking a lot of bacon, it’s okay for the bacon slices to slightly over lap (see second above). For easier clean-up, you can line your pan with foil.
Cook for approximately
15 to 20 minutes and then check your bacon. If cooking thin slices of bacon, check sooner, between 10 to 12 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon and how crispy you like it. If necessary and for even cooking, you may need to flip your bacon once using tongs- this depends on the thickness of the bacon.

Once bacon is golden brown and has reached desired crispness, remove with tongs and place on platter lined with paper towel. Enjoy!
Cleanup  Allow grease to cool. Never pour bacon grease down the drain. Pour cooled grease in a heat-proof container and refrigerate to save for cooking later or discard in trash. If using foil, allow the grease to solidify and then gently fold and toss in trash.
*Some methods for cooking bacon in the oven say NOT to preheat the oven, others say to preheat the oven. My sister has tried both methods over the years and prefers to preheat.
Be sure to keep an eye on your bacon while cooking. Once it starts to brown, it can go from crispy to burned fast.
For a quicker clean-up, you can line your baking pan.
If you are cooking thin slices of bacon, check your bacon sooner, between 10 to 12 minutes. You will most likely not need to flip the bacon.
**Many people have left comments on Facebook stating for even less mess, reduce your oven temp to 350 degrees F.   I reduced the temperature as recommended while staying in cabin rental over the holidays  – there was zero mess.  Zero.  The bacon took a little longer to cook, but turned out perfect. At home I cook bacon at 400 degrees. without any issues.  Each oven cooks differently, If you notice a lot of splatter, try reducing your oven temp.

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