How to Bake Bacon Perfectly Every Time

There really is only one way we cook bacon. We bake bacon in the oven. Jump to our recipe showing you How to Bake Bacon or read on to see our tips.

How to Bake Bacon Perfectly Every Time

Baking bacon in the oven is easy, there’s no spluttering of oil and it makes crispy slices of bacon heaven. It’s also perfect for making big batches for a crowd!

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You Should be Baking Your Bacon, Here’s How

We love using a cooling rack that fits inside a rimmed baking sheet for this. If you don’t have a cooking rack that will fit inside a baking sheet, just line the baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the bacon slices directly onto the foil (make sure they are in one layer). The fat won’t drip away from the bacon, but it will crisp up nicely anyway.

You Should be Baking Your Bacon, Here's How

Equipment you will need: a rimmed baking sheet and a rack that fits inside.

Depending on what you love, baking bacon leaves room for adding extra flavor to the bacon. Here are two favorites:

  • For peppered bacon, grind fresh black pepper (we prefer a course grind) all over the bacon slices before baking.
  • For maple baked bacon, bake for 12-15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush maple syrup onto the bacon slices then place back into the oven for another 3-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

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Recipe updated, originally posted October 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

How to Bake Bacon Perfectly Every Time

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To bake bacon, you’ll need to start with a hot oven. If you have one, use a cooling rack inserted inside a baking sheet so that the bacon sits on top of the rack and any fat drains underneath.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

You Will Need

1 pound bacon

Fresh ground black pepper


    Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. If you’re cooking multiple sheets of bacon, position a second rack in the top third of the oven.

    Arrange bacon slices onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. If you have one that fits, place a rack inside the baking sheet then arrange the bacon slices in one layer on top. Season with fresh ground pepper.

    Bake until the bacon is golden brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. The exact baking time will depend on the how thick your bacon is and how crisp you like it.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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12 comments… Leave a Comment
  • O’Niel,George Wm. March 31, 2017, 7:20 pm

    5 stars for oven cooked bacon. A (little) messy

  • Bonnie-Lee Bowman March 7, 2017, 4:33 pm

    I have fixed the pepper bacon and it was lovely! My family’s favorite is bacon sprinkled with dark brown sugar for a delicious candied bacon. Don’t overdo the sugar – moderate amount for best taste. I LOVE baking bacon. Especially the thick cut by Hormel. YUM! 😋❤️

  • Elena April 3, 2016, 5:13 pm

    Yes! I’ m not very kitchen savvy, and my bacon usually ends up “extra crispy”. But everyone loved my bacon this morning. The cooling rack is genious! 5 stars definitely.Thank you.

  • Janet November 11, 2015, 9:00 am

    I think cooking bacon in the oven is the best method, because the both sides of the bacon strips are heated relatively equally in this method. You will get more delicious bacon without have to dirt your stove badly.

  • Pennylane October 2, 2013, 4:23 pm

    We love to make bacon in the oven. I sprinkle a little sugar on top of the bacon slices before I put the bacon in the oven. You get both sweet and salty bacon. Great combination.

  • canapé April 10, 2013, 12:00 am

    Fantastic post. That’s exactly what I was looking for.

  • Nancy Long March 31, 2012, 5:52 pm

    this is the only way I’ve cooked bacon for years. So easy and less mess. Usually save some of the bacon grease for future use.

  • Ann-Marie November 22, 2011, 11:59 am

    Your Recipes and Pictures look simply delicious.

    Thanks! and Cheers!


    • Joanne November 22, 2011, 3:32 pm

      thanks so much!

  • Bev Weidner October 17, 2011, 6:21 pm

    My mouth just fell off my face in a river of drool.

  • Jessica October 17, 2011, 10:32 am

    This is genius! I had never thought of putting a cookie sheet in the bottom like that. Now I might be making bacon a little more often. 😉

    P.S. Thanks for linking back to my cupcakes guys!

    • Joanne October 17, 2011, 10:44 am

      Jessica – You should definitely make bacon more often!


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