We. Love. Bacon. We are the kind of people that will rejoice if we got a bouquet of bacon roses for our birthday. All of us. Including my 3 year old. And I feel as though I can cook perfect oven bacon. It’s honestly not that hard however it took me several tries to figure out exactly what I was doing wrong. You will notice from the pictures I have an original (yikes) 1950s oven. Super tiny and super old but it works really well. I know (despite its age) this oven helps with the perfect oven bacon. However, even if you have a mediocre oven you will get great results!
The benefit of cooking bacon in the oven instead of the stove top is less mess and less cleanup. You don’t have grease splattering every where for one. And the use of aluminum foil makes cleaning the cookie sheet a cinch! I just leave the pan out to cool and once the grease has solidified I remove the foil and toss it in the trash. Easy peasy!
If you’d prefer the bacon not cooking directly in its grease you can use a metal cookie drying rack in the middle of the cookie sheet and put the bacon on that. It changes the cook time a bit and the crispness is definitely different. But it works!
I’m thinking about adding a piece of bacon to these Hawaiian Ham and Swiss Sliders! Or a few pickles?? YUM.
Here’s a few other bacon products worth trying out especially when you are in a hurry or concerned about the bacon cooking in its own grease…….
Make the crispiest bacon in the oven! Key is getting thick cut bacon.
- 12 slices thick cut bacon
Preheat oven to 375
Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil
Spread 12 slices of bacon evenly on cookie sheet. Slide sheet into oven.
Time to cook varies on the actual temp of your oven and the thickness of the bacon. I wait until I can smell the bacon (you will all of a sudden notice a strong bacon scent in your house). Then I check on it every 5 minutes after that. Take it out when it looks like it Almost cooked the way you like it. It will finish cooking as it sits on the paper towels.
Remove from oven and using tongs lay bacon out on a paper towel lined plate to soak up the grease. This allows the bacon to finish cooking and cooling.
Leave foil lined pan out to cool. Once grease solidifies remove the foil and toss.