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.

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 or parchment paper 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.

How to Bake Bacon Perfectly Every Time

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

  • For peppered bacon, grind fresh black pepper (we prefer a course grind) all over the bacon slices before or towards the end of 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.
  • For honey sriracha bacon, bake for 12-15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush honey and sriracha 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 and added a quick video. – Adam and Joanne

How to Bake Bacon Perfectly Every Time

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 metal (oven-safe) rack inserted inside a baking sheet so that the bacon sits on top of the rack and any fat drains underneath. We prefer to use thick cut bacon (1/8-inch thick), which usually means there are 12 to 14 slices per pound.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

You Will Need

1 pound bacon, preferably thick cut

Directions

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

    Arrange bacon slices onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. 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, 12 to 20 minutes. The exact baking time will depend on the how thick your bacon is and how crisp you like it. Keep an eye on the bacon while it bakes — we like to check around 8 minutes and then every minute or two after until it is done.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Equipment you will need: a rimmed baking sheet and a rack that fits inside.
  • Thin cut / Lean Bacon: If you have very thin cuts of bacon or if it is lean, you may not need to use the rack. Simply lining them up on the baking sheet should suffice. Thicker cuts of bacon benefit from the rack since it lifts them up and away from the fat, helping them render more fat and become crisp.
  • For peppered bacon, grind fresh black pepper (we prefer a course grind) all over the bacon slices before or towards the end of 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. Watch for over-browning of the maple. It goes from caramelized to dark brown quickly.
  • For honey sriracha bacon, bake for 12-15 minutes and remove from the oven. Brush honey and sriracha onto the bacon slices then place back into the oven for another 3-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Watch for over-browning of the honey. It goes from caramelized to dark brown quickly.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates and assumes about 14 slices of bacon equals 1 pound. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 2 slices / Calories 130 / Protein 9 g / Carbohydrate 0 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 10 g / Saturated Fat 3 g / Cholesterol 26 g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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18 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Eliza June 30, 2017, 5:38 pm

    Not to be dense but… I ended up with so much grease in the baking sheet that there was no way of safely removing it from the oven until it completely cooled down. Any suggestions? PS: The bacon itself did rule, once I finally got it out an hour later.

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    • Joanne July 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

      Hi Eliza, did you use a rimmed baking sheet? This is best when baking bacon.

      Reply
  • Sylvia Meine June 20, 2017, 4:40 pm

    Absolutely amazing, I love cooking bacon now.my Family loves it..

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  • Sue May 24, 2017, 8:42 pm

    If you use parchment paper instead of foil-no spatters in your oven!

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  • Terry May 21, 2017, 12:11 pm

    …What’s the temp on the oven…?

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    • Adam May 21, 2017, 8:02 pm

      The bacon bakes at 400 degrees F.

      Reply
  • O’Niel,George Wm. March 31, 2017, 7:20 pm

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

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  • 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! 😋❤️

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • canapé April 10, 2013, 12:00 am

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

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  • 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.

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

    Your Recipes and Pictures look simply delicious. Thanks! and Cheers!

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    • Joanne November 22, 2011, 3:32 pm

      thanks so much!

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

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

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  • 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!

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    • Joanne October 17, 2011, 10:44 am

      Jessica – You should definitely make bacon more often!
      -Joanne

      Reply

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