Learn how to bake bacon in the oven and never have a mess of bacon grease to clean up again.
As I was putting together my email newsletter all about pancakes and waffles this week I was missing bacon. I had not posted yet about how to bake bacon in the oven. In my opinion, it is the only acceptable way to cook bacon.
Ask my children about restaurant bacon. They’ll tell you bacon is not worth ordering out. I have to make it. Because oven baked bacon is perfectly crisp. And most importantly there is minimal mess to clean up. Over the years I have discovered a few things to help you make the best oven baked bacon.
Tips for How to Bake Bacon:
- These are the sheet pans I use to bake bacon. It takes two sheet pans for one package of bacon.
- Lining the pans helps with clean up and keeps the bacon from sticking. Trust me from experience that using parchment paper is the way to go. Foil sticks and rips and is not a good choice.
- Ovens vary a lot in the way they bake. My oven bakes bacon at 400 degrees F in about 20 minutes. But bacon can be thick or thin. So don’t walk away and not check on your bacon as it is baking!
- I personally buy this brand of bacon – it’s our favorite.
- Metal tongs help to flip the bacon as it is cooking if necessary. With thick cut bacon, flipping the bacon halfway through helps it bake more evenly.
- Always drain the cooked bacon on a paper towel lined plate before serving.
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How to Bake Bacon
- 1 16 oz pkg bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the racks in the upper third and bottom third positions.
- Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Lay the slices of bacon flat on the parchment paper, making sure the bacon slices are not touching.
- Bake the bacon for 10 minutes. Rotate the pans.
- Bake the bacon for an additional 10 minutes or until it is crisp.
- If your bacon is thick, it might be necessary to use metal tongs to flip the bacon over on the sheet pans about halfway through cooking time.
- Watch the bacon closely at the end so as not to burn the bacon.
- Drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate before serving.