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 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.
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
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.
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.