Cooked bacon on a baking rack.

Baking Bacon In The Oven

For best results, let your oven do the work of baking bacon. It cooks in minutes while you prepare the rest of your meal or dish, with no greasy splatters to clean up. The slices cook evenly to perfection with no flipping or turning and with just the right amount of crispiness desired.

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Makin’ Bacon

Uncooked bacon on a white plate.

Bacon has been commonly known as salt-cured pork meat found on the parts of a pig’s belly or back. However, today bacon is also made from other meats such as beef or turkey.

Eating bacon made from pork dates back to 1500 BC in China. It is believed that later the Romans and Greeks domesticated the hog after the Asian conquests improving pork breeding while increasing their meat production and fame.

Cooked bacon on a baking rack.

The Spanish explorer, Hernando DeSoto, is credited with bringing the first pigs to America in 1539. As the herds grew, so did the desire for the taste of their meat. Today, Americans are eating more bacon than they ever have before.

And why not? Doesn’t everything taste better with bacon? Think about it, there’s:

  • Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches
  • Bacon on a cheese burger
  • Bacon wrapped chicken tenders
  • Bacon dipped in melted chocolate
  • Bacon wrapped grilled shrimp
  • Bacon, pancakes, and syrup
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Bacon wrapped beef fillet
  • Bacon in beans
  • Bacon in dip
  • Bacon in salad dressings
  • Bacon on salad
  • Bacon on pizza
  • Bacon on baked potato
  • Bacon jam
  • Bacon covered meatloaf
  • Bacon ice cream

And many more ways to enjoy those delectable salty cured slices of pork!

Storing Bacon

Keep bacon in cold storage. Buying extra packages and storing them in the freezer is helpful, and purchasing larger packages is often more economical, especially when you snag them on sale. Here’s an easy way I’ve found to preserve the meaty strips in the freezer.

Lay the bacon slices side by side across an unrolled piece of parchment paper. Next, roll the meat up inside the parchment paper and store the roll in a large zip-top freezer bag in the freezer. The parchment paper keeps the slices separated and from sticking together when removed one at a time for cooking. There’s no tearing the meat apart here! A 24-ounce package makes a couple of rolls that easily slip into a gallon storage bag.

Strips of uncooked bacon rolled up on a parchment paper.

Isn’t your freezer a handy appliance? Check this post out on Kitchen Organizing In The Freezer With The Organizing Guru. You’ll see how my friend Felicia helped me categorize my freezer items, and it’s still that way today. There’s also helpful information on how to care for your freezer.

Baking The Bacon

We all know how messy cooking bacon on the stove-top can be. With the splatters to clean up, there’s the chance of getting burned from the grease popping out.

Cooking the bacon in the microwave is safer but not always ending with the best results. It’s quicker but still needs tending to when stopping and turning the bacon in the middle of cooking and later cleaning up the splatters.

Baking bacon in the oven is much easier, cleaner, and safer. All you do is lay the bacon strips in a single layer on a piece of parchment paper or a baking tray on a shallow pan. Next, place the pan in a preheated 400° F oven and bake for about 20 minutes without turning or flipping. Just your oven baking the bacon to perfection.

Amazingly, there are no splatters or spills when baking this way in the oven. I like using this Nordic Ware Oven Crisp Baking Tray. The heat travels around the meat to cook evenly, and clean-up is easy. The baked-in drippings wipe right off. I have used this pan several times and it still looks new.

I get the most consistent results from baking bacon. It’s a time-saver by setting the pan in the oven and letting it do its thing while I prepare the rest of my meal or dish. For me, baking is the best method.

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Cooked bacon on a baking rack.

Baking Bacon In The Oven


  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pieces per serving

Description

The easiest, safest, and no-mess way to get bacon cooked just right in minutes.


Ingredients

  • uncooked bacon, regular cut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Prepare a shallow baking pan by placing a footed wire rack or a piece of parchment paper in it.
  3. Place bacon strips in a single layer on the rack or paper.
  4. Place in oven and bake for 15-18 minutes for floppy bacon or 20-22 minutes for crispy bacon.

Notes

  • Ovens heat differently, so modify the cooking time to suit your oven by keeping an eye on the bacon as it cooks.
  • Add baking time for thick-cut bacon.
  • Uncooked bacon can be touching but not laying on each other for even results.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dis ‘n Dat
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baking bacon, oven-baked bacon, cooking bacon in the oven

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2 Comments

  1. Important basic info that I had never even heard of for the first 40 years of my life! Now I bake bacon every time!

    • Don’t feel left out, Jenny. This is fairly new to me, too, and it’s been a few more years (maybe more😉) than 40 for me. But isn’t it fun to learn new things that make life easier? Thanks for the comment!

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