There’s really only one way to cook bacon. We bake bacon in the oven! There’s no oil splatter and it makes crispy bacon slices. It’s also perfect for making large batches for a crowd! Skip to our Baked Bacon recipe
You should cook your bacon, here’s how
Baking bacon in the oven is easy, doesn’t spit oil, and makes crispy bacon bits. It’s also perfect for making large batches for a crowd!
We like to use a cooling rack that fits on a rimmed baking sheet. If you don’t have a baking rack that fits a baking sheet, simply line the baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the bacon strips directly on the pan (make sure they’re in a single layer). The fat doesn’t drip off the bacon, but it still stays crispy.
Materials you will need:
- A rimmed baking sheet
- A shelf that fits inside.
Depending on what you like, cooking the bacon leaves room to add more flavor. Here are three favorites:
- for pepper baconGrind fresh black pepper (we prefer a coarse grind) into the bacon strips before or near the end of cooking.
- for baked maple bacon, Bake for 12-15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush the bacon slices with maple syrup and return to the oven for a further 3-5 minutes until golden and crispy.
- for Sriracha Honey Bacon, Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush the bacon slices with honey and sriracha, then return to the oven for a further 3-5 minutes until golden and crispy.
Updated recipe originally posted October 2011. Since posting in 2011 we have changed the recipe to make it clearer and added a short video. – Adam and Joanne
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How to Cook Bacon Perfectly Every Time
To cook bacon, you need to start with a hot oven. If you have one, use a metal rack (oven safe) that goes into a baking sheet so the bacon rests on the rack and the fat drips underneath. We prefer thick-cut bacon (1/8 inch thick), which usually means 12-14 slices per pound.
Makes 6-8 servings
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1 pound bacon, preferably thick-cut
Place a wire rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. If baking multiple bacon sheets, place one rack in the bottom third of the oven and the second rack in the top third of the oven.
Place the bacon slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. If you have one that works, place a wire rack in the baking sheet, then place the bacon strips on top. Season with freshly ground pepper.
Bake until bacon is golden and crispy, 12 to 20 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it. Keep an eye on the bacon as it cooks – we like to check for about 8 minutes, then every minute or two thereafter until it’s done.
Advice from Adam and Joanne
- Materials needed: A rimmed baking sheet and a wire rack that fits inside.
- Thinly Cut/Lean Bacon: If you have very thin or lean bacon cuts, you may not need to use the grill. Simply lining it up on the baking sheet should do the trick. Thicker bacon cuts benefit from the rack as it lifts them up and away from the fat, helping them brown more fat and crisp up.
- For the flavorful bacon, grind fresh black pepper (we prefer a coarse grind) into the bacon strips before or towards the end of cooking.
- For the Maple Baked Bacon, bake for 12 to 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush the bacon slices with maple syrup and return to the oven for a further 3-5 minutes until golden and crispy. Watch out for excessive browning of the maple. It quickly goes from caramelized to dark brown.
- For the Honey Sriracha Bacon, bake for 12-15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush the bacon slices with honey and sriracha, then return to the oven for a further 3-5 minutes until golden and crispy. Watch out for excessive browning of the honey. It quickly goes from caramelized to dark brown.
- Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate and assumes approximately 14 strips of bacon equals 1 pound. We use the USDA Supertracker Recipe Calculator to calculate approximate values.
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Nutritional value per serving: Part 2 discs / calories 130 / protein 9 grams / carbohydrates 0g / fiber 0g / total sugar 0g / total fat 10g / Saturated Fatty Acids 3g / cholesterol 26 grams
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