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I didn’t cook bacon for years. Isn’t that sad?
It was the splatter factor. I couldn’t get past it. Do you struggle with that too? The splatter was messy, for one thing. But it was the pain that I just couldn’t deal with.
And then I discovered this easy method for making bacon in the oven and it changed everything!
Not only is this easy bacon pain-free, but it is so much better because your bacon doesn’t shrivel nearly as much. Does your bacon shrivel up like crazy too?? When you cook it in the oven, it stays in long, lovely strips.
And you don’t have to flip it or stand there getting splattered with hot grease. Splendid!
Just lay your bacon out on sheet pans. I line mine with foil for easy clean up and give a light spray with cooking oil.
Then pop it in the oven and bake until brown and just as crispy as you like it. I like mine really crispy. If you’re one of those weird, chewy bacon people… no problem (well, except for the fact that you like chewy bacon…blech) just take it out sooner.
I bake mine at 425 for about 20 minutes. The time changes a bit depending on how thick cut the bacon is.
Be sure to rotate your sheet pans after about 10 minutes.
When it comes out it is perfect! I lay mine on a few sheets of paper towels to drain.
And don’t throw away that liquid gold on the pan. I keep a jar of bacon grease in my fridge. (Doesn’t everyone?!) Add a spoonful to green beans instead of butter, use it when frying just about anything in a skillet…sky’s the limit! My favorite? Popcorn popped in half bacon grease, half coconut oil is totally amazing.
After pouring the grease off, just fold up the foil and toss.
Easiest clean up ever!
If you have to make bacon for a crowd, or in advance, this is the best method to use. After cooking your bacon in the oven, lay the strips in a foil pan and blot with paper towels. Cover the pan with foil and store in the refrigerator until you need it. Then just heat it up in the oven for a few minutes until sizzle-y and serve.
What’s your favorite way to serve bacon? We’re having BLT’s tonight. I’m pretty sure there is no more perfect sandwich than a well executed BLT.
But now that it doesn’t hurt to make bacon anymore, I make it a lot more. Weekend breakfast, brunches, and of course when we have breakfast for dinner. It’s yummy with pancakes, waffles, or my favorite deeply chocolate (& secretly healthy) pancakes.
You need to try making bacon in the oven!