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Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Keep grease spatters away by cooking bacon in the oven.

Cooking Bacon in the Oven

I prefer to cook bacon in the oven vs. on the stove top in a skillet or frying pan. Cooking stove-top always ends up covering my stove in grease spatters (and sometimes the spatters hit my hands — that doesn’t exactly feel good!). I also think it’s tedious and slow. It makes so much less mess to cook bacon in the oven than on the stove top. Depending on the size of baking pan you use you can usually cook the whole package at once instead of just a few pieces at a time. Also, instead of cooking your bacon in a pan full of grease, the grease drips away from the bacon as you cook when you use the method that I’m going to explain here.

This technique was originally published on CRAFT.



Step #1:

Cooking Bacon in the Oven
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line a baking pan (i.e., cookie sheet) with foil. It's best if you can use one large sheet to cover the entire pan instead of using multiple pieces. This way, the grease won't have a chance to leak through to the pan below.

Step #2:

Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Place a cooling rack on top of the foil-lined baking sheet. The cooling rack will keep the bacon from sitting in the grease as it cooks.

Step #3:

Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Lay the bacon on top of the cooling rack. I prefer to use center-cut bacon as it has less fat that regular.

Step #4:

Cooking Bacon in the Oven
  • Bake in a 400 degree F preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you like your bacon chewy or crispy.
  • After 20 minutes, I typically check it a couple of times (every 5 minutes). For me, it is perfect at 30 minutes. That might seem like a long time to cook bacon, but remember — you are cooking the entire package at once instead of a few pieces at a time.

Step #5:

Cooking Bacon in the Oven
  • After the cooking time, allow the bacon to sit for 2 minutes before removing it from the pan. Bacon usually continues to cook for a couple of minutes after you remove it because of the hot grease that is still bubbling on top of it.
  • All you have to do for clean-up is to remove the cooling rack (if you have a dishwasher, just toss it in there) and wash that.
  • After the grease has cooled and solidified remove the foil from the pan. Fold it up and toss it in the trash.
  • The baking sheet underneath the foil usually never gets dirty. I say usually never because you never know. If the foil gets punctured then the grease can seep through, but that's never happened for me.

  • I really like this tip, can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  • Be mindful and check up on the bacon every 5 minutes the first time you cook it in your oven. I left the bacon unattended for 12 minutes at 400 degrees F…temperature was accurate as I have a separate thermometer inside the oven…and the bacon was charred. For my oven 6-7 minutes is all it takes to cook delicious, crispy bacon.

  • If you are doing the whole package, how do you re-heat the leftovers?

  • zanychemist

    Cooks illustrated puts a twist on this in that one of their members replaced the rack with a piece of aluminum foil, accordion folded in one inch intervals. The folded foil is expanded and the bacon is laid across the peaks. After baking the bacon, the foil can be discarded making clean up a little easier

  • Chuck

    Cooking bacon in the oven opens other possbilities. Try sprinkling brown sugar on the bacon before you put in in the over. Try brushing a thin layer of maple syrup on the bacon before putting it in the oven. Try sprinkling cracked black pepper on the bacon or adding other herbs or spices such as red pepper flakes or rosemary before baking. You could even try marinating the bacon in something interesting before cooking.