How to Bake Bacon Perfectly Every Time

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

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You Should be Baking Your Bacon, Here’s How

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!

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.

How to Bake Bacon in the Oven

Equipment you will need:

  1. A rimmed baking sheet
  2. A rack that fits inside.
Baked Bacon with Different Glazes

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.

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

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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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40 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Terry June 4, 2020, 11:27 am

    Thank you for such amazing tips! I always prefer cooking bacon in the oven using the oven racks. Following this method, bacon turns out to be crispier and perfectly cooked.

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  • Lisa December 31, 2019, 10:24 am

    Fabulous! I was a sceptic about this but now will only do it this way – reviews made me try it. I used Wrights Extra Thick hickory smoked bacon and 20 min was perfect for 2 racks. Christmas morning waffle tradition for large group of carnivores!! I also use a turkey baster to grab the bacon grease as I use it to cook breakfast potatos, chops, etc. Much easier than pouring from baking sheet. Thanks so much!!

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  • Carol Bell December 12, 2019, 10:15 am

    Try brown sugar and cayenne pepper to taste about half way through cooking.

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    • Joanne February 10, 2020, 12:11 pm

      Great idea!

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  • José Ángel Gomez October 24, 2019, 10:59 pm

    You both have great recipes. Thank you for your service. God Bless Both of you. ?❤️?❤️

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  • Hollis Ramsey May 28, 2019, 12:33 am

    i’m using the thick-cut bacon in my Blue Cheese BLT. i don’t have either lettuce or tomato, though, so i’m subbing jarred roasted red pepper and thin-sliced green cabbage that i’m sauteeing lightly in some of the rendered bacon fat. because of my wanting to use the rendered fat, i’m going to pre-grind my pepper so i can sprinkle it on the bacon by hand, thus controlling where the pepper goes rather than letting the pepper scatter into the grease. i want to be able to control the pepper content of the cabbage myself. and, in this case, it’s NONE. i will, though, be adding celery seeds to the cabbage while it cooks. btw, of coUrse you know that it’s coArse-grind … right?

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  • Shannon May 26, 2019, 12:54 pm

    O.k this was FABULOUS!!!!! My husband loves BLTs and this bacon came out perfectly even, he loved every bite and super easy, I was doing other things like feeding my fur babies and didn’t have to keep checking on the bacon to see if it was burning or needed turning over. Thank you so much for this, this is how I wil be cooking our bacon from now on!

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  • Shelly Loree February 3, 2019, 12:14 pm

    This was the best bacon I have EVER had! Every piece was perfect. This is so easy and with no mess. Thank you very much.

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  • Teena Marie January 9, 2019, 12:22 pm

    Absolutely perfect. Don’t know why I didn’t think to do this sooner. Tasted better then pan frying it. I was able to make 12 pieces Snd didn’t have to miss out on breakfast because I was making 4-5 pieces at a time. This will be my new method for bacon every time now. Thank you !

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  • Johnny October 25, 2018, 12:37 am

    Great idea! I have used the bake method before. Inspired by Arbys Brown sugar bacon. It’s awesome. but unfortunately i find the bacon is dry. Perhaps i am over cooking it. I do use regular cut, instead of thick cut

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  • Tracy B. July 31, 2018, 9:54 pm

    Excellent! We like ours crispy so it took almost 40 minutes at 400°. We all thought it was delicious!

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  • Vina Greenfield April 9, 2018, 9:18 pm

    Tried bacon in the oven 400 degrees lined a rimmed baking sheet with foil put a cooling rack on the pan cooked the bacon,, was the best bacon and the easiest no mess wonderful BLT sandwiches ever I’ll never make it any other way. Thank you

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  • Dale December 24, 2017, 10:28 pm

    Perfect, thank you no more hot oil burns

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  • Kelly Abt November 18, 2017, 6:46 am

    Over the years, I’ve cooked bacon every way possible. Not sure why some cooks prefer the oven over the microwave? One thing is for sure, fresh bacon is built for the microwave. It has a high fat and water content and it is thin, so it cooks up crisp and tasty.

    Take a look at the Bacon Pro for cooking 23 slices.

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  • LarryG October 21, 2017, 12:12 pm

    Make the best oven bacon ever by adding Montreal Steak Seasoning.

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    • Lisa December 31, 2019, 10:26 am

      OMG I have GOT to try this!!!!

      Reply

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