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How to Bake Bacon

by on October 17, 2011 · 8 comments

How to Bake Bacon

There really is only one way we cook bacon. We bake bacon in the oven.  It’s easy, there’s no spluttering of oil and it produces crispy slices of bacon heaven.

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.

  • 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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To bake bacon, you'll need to start with a hot oven. Also 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.
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You Will Need
  • 12 slices thick cut bacon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange bacon slices onto a baking sheet. If you have one that fits, place a cooling rack inside the baking sheet then arrange the bacon slices in one layer on top.
  3. Season with freshly ground pepper.
  4. Bake bacon for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

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1 Jessica October 17, 2011 at 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!


2 Joanne October 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

Jessica – You should definitely make bacon more often!


3 Bev Weidner October 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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


4 Ann-Marie November 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

Your Recipes and Pictures look simply delicious.

Thanks! and Cheers!



5 Joanne November 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

thanks so much!


6 Nancy Long March 31, 2012 at 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.


7 canapé April 10, 2013 at 12:00 am

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


8 Pennylane October 2, 2013 at 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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