You’ve Been Making Bacon Wrong Your Entire Life

The Best Way to Make Bacon

Don’t dig out your frying pan. You absolutely CAN (and should) cook bacon in an oven. Bacon pieces turn out perfectly crispy, the flavor is to die for and cleanup is a super easy. So that’s why, on International Bacon Day, we want to share the secret method for how to cook bacon in an oven, or as we like to call it, perfect baked bacon. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

What? Bake bacon? In an oven? But what about my skillet?

The Best Way to Make Bacon

The premise to perfectly baked bacon is simple. Set the temperature to 400°F, and lay the bacon slices (we like thick cut here) flat on a baking sheet or your toaster oven pan. Bake, for about 12-15 minutes, or until the bacon is done to your liking. If you want to make cleanup as easy as possible, line your pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper prior to placing the bacon slices.

The Best Way to Make Bacon

When your bacon is finished cooking, it will be crispy, but light, in a unique way. The texture is almost buttery, in a way you just can’t replicate with pan-frying or microwaving. It’s absolutely delicious in a BLT with an equally substantial layer of mayo, lettuce and ripe summer tomato slices. But be warned–once you try making bacon in an oven, you may never cook your bacon in a frying pan again.

BLT sandwich

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    My toaster oven baking sheet can sit on top of the cooking rack or can slide in on the underside of the rack, which makes it perfect for cooking the bacon directly on the rack and having the fat drip into the (foil lined) pan below. Win! Win!

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    It works! It’s really great because there is little to clean up, and you don’t get scalding bacon grease jumping out of a hot skillet at you.

    Improvement: Flip bacon halfway through cook time.

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    zak longman

    For curdled bacon strips ye bake with a tooth pick make a loose roll with air in between it’s parts than stick it through with a tooth pick and than bake.

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    I’ve always cooked my bacon in the oven, I was taught by my mom, I’ve always made it this way except for camping, it was cooked In a cast iron pan. put bacon on a foil lined baking sheet, put in cold oven.Turn oven on to 400 F and bake for 16 minutes. I like it crispy so I leave it in the oven for an additional minute or two. Put on paper towel to drain of excess fat.

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    Should I leave the cooking tray in when making toast? Thks.

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    Is the temperature in a toaster oven correct. i.e. if you set it at 350 F is it real at that temperature

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    Only problem, is if you cook the whole batch at once, like I do, its all done and ready eat……so guess what happens next!!!

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    Brandon Murray

    True story! My wife and I switched to baking bacon in our oven a long time ago and have never looked back. The only thing I miss about skillet bacon is when that one strip shrinks up and gets all curly and you can pop the whole thing in your mouth at one time… But that’s a small price to pay for superior bacon from the oven.

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