We. Love. Bacon. Especially baked bacon.
We are the kind of people that will rejoice if we got a bouquet of bacon roses for our birthday. All of us. In fact… we just had bacon for dinner (with eggs and oatmeal….. but still…. we had bacon for dinner).
It’s my opinion that oven-baked bacon is the best. And it’s super easy and you don’t have the grease splatter like you do on the stove and microwave.
And the use of aluminum foil makes cleaning the baking 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 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 are 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…….
- 12 thick cut slices of bacon (or whatever will fit on your baking sheet)
- 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 kitchen). Then I check on it every 5 minutes after that. Take it out when it looks like it's 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 too cool. Once grease solidifies remove the foil and toss.