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How to Bake Bacon

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Learn how to bake bacon in this easy tutorial. Stop standing over a hot stove dodging hot oil and covering your kitchen in grease. Or go ahead and keep doing that if you want to. I’m not bossy.

bacon in a mason jar

^do not store bacon in mason jars. Because, gross.

If there is one thing I can’t abide by, it is not eating a full breakfast every morning. It doesn’t matter what it is, but I need it to be filling or I am apt to stab someone. I don’t care if it is fancy in the least; some days I am perfectly happy with leftover soup for breakfast.

But the best breakfasts are the days when I am able to add a slice of bacon to my plate. Bacon is the candy bar of meats you know.

Growing up, bacon for breakfast or dinner meant that one of my parents would stand over the stove for an hour flipping bacon and getting covered in popping grease. Once we got a microwave, my dad used one of those wavy plates to nuke the bacon. But it also took forever and the bacon never got super crispy as I like it.

Knowing I love bacon but have zero patience to stand at the stove cooking it a few strips at a time, I was intent on finding a better way. One day a few years ago, I was out to lunch with some of my coworkers. We went to a little cafe that served breakfast all day and served a ton of bacon. They had an open kitchen, so I was able to observe them remove a piece of almost cooked bacon from a baking sheet, crisp it up on the grill and put it on the customer’s plate.

They baked bacon. Shut up. I had no idea that was a thing.

Since that day I almost never make bacon the “traditional” way. I always bake it in the oven and I never plan to go back. I have tried different oven temps, cooking techniques, etc., and finally, have found the ideal way to bake bacon and have it come out perfectly every time.

One of the best things about baking bacon is that you can do a whole bunch of it at once. It is perfect when cooking for a crowd or when you just want to store a lot of bacon for quick meals.

A few other things I love to cook and freeze for breakfast are Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles (reheat in the toaster oven), Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (thaw at room temp or microwave for 15 seconds), Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins (that at room temp or microwave for 15 seconds), or Mini Quiche (thaw in the fridge or microwave for 30 seconds).

How to Bake Bacon

You’re going to need a rimmed baking sheet, some foil (because who wants to clean up that mess?), and some (wait for it…) bacon.

  1. You’ll completely cover the baking sheet with foil and place the bacon as close together as possible. Try not to overlap too much.
  2. I cook mine at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, and then flip and cook in 5-minute increments until it is almost exactly how I want it. It will continue to crisp up a bit after you take it out of the oven. Every oven is different, so use your eyes and your nose as your best judgment during that initial baking.
    bacon on a baking sheet

    After 20 minutes

    crispy bacon on a baking sheet

    After 30 minutes total

  3. Remove the bacon from the baking sheet and place it on a plate lined with paper towels or newspaper. Layer bacon and paper towels on the plate until all the bacon is covered.
  4. Allow it to cool completely and then transfer it in a few paper towels to a freezer bag or glass storage container. Place in the freezer.
  5. Microwave for 20 seconds when you need a delightful bacony treat.
  6. Allow any grease to harden on the foil-lined baking sheet (<–I initially typed “bacon” sheet, and let’s be honest, I wasn’t wrong). If you don’t use it for cooking or seasoning cast iron, simply gather up the foil and throw it in the garbage.

The only thing I would caution you about baking bacon is that from time to time, Allosaurs are known to attack.

bacon in a mason jar

bacon in a mason jar

bacon in mason jar with dinosaur

Aren’t you supposed to be napping child?

It’s a real problem.

bacon in a mason jar
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How to Bake Bacon
Learn how to bake bacon in this easy tutorial. Stop standing over a hot stove dodging hot oil and covering your kitchen in grease.
Course: Breakfast
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
  • Bacon
Instructions
  1. Completely cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place the bacon as close together as possible. Try not to overlap too much.

  2. Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, and then flip and cook in 5-minute increments until it is almost exactly how I want it. It will continue to crisp up a bit after you take it out of the oven. Every oven is different, so use your eyes and your nose as your best judgment during that initial baking.

  3. Remove the bacon from the pan and place it on a plate lined with paper towels. Layer bacon and paper towels on the plate until all the bacon is covered.
  4. Allow it to cool completely and then transfer it in a few paper towels to a freezer bag. Place in the freezer.
  5. Microwave for 20 seconds when you need a delightful bacony treat.
Recipe Notes

Bacon will hypothetically keep in the freezer for months. But you'll eat it before them!

Works great with turkey bacon, but I reduce that initial cook time to 15 minutes before flipping.

Learn how to bake bacon in this easy tutorial. Stop standing over a hot stove dodging hot oil and covering your kitchen in grease.
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19 comments on “How to Bake Bacon”

  1. How did you know that I was just wondering how to properly bake bacon? Thank you! I tried it once and it turned out ok, I’m trying your method next!

  2. I do ours on a broiler pan. All the grease drains away and no need to flip

    • So I used to do that, but I felt like the clean up was a giant pain in the butt. I’m ok with flipping because I don’t have to clean the grease up later.

  3. Long time reader, first time commenter. Love the new site! So glad that your first official recipe on your new blog is bacon. What a great way to start 🙂

  4. if you freeze it on waxed paper in the (clean) baking sheets, THEN transfer it to a freezer bag (or whatever) it doesn’t stick together!
    We used to do this all the time before my husband’s cardiologist banned (yes, BANNED) bacon from his (and therefore the entire household’s) diet.

    • Mine never stick together in the freezer. I let them get really cold in a single file on the plate before freezing, and they’re well blotted. I wonder if that is why.

      Can he eat turkey bacon? Do you secretly eat bacon when you’re alone?

      • I’m sure your whole method is why they don’t stick together.  Sounds perfect.

        The problem with turkey bacon is the sodium content.  The nutrition label should read 5% per serving or less for him (well all people really, but ESPECIALLY him).  That is for ANY food, not just bacon products.  
        The cardiologist absolutely refuses to budge on the topic of eating bacon.
         
        In general, our meat rule is “if it used to have four legs, limit it to once a month”  (meaning one four legged animal/month).  It is pretty easy to stick to that.  We’ve been doing it for almost a year and a half now.
        But doc says absolutely no (pork) bacon.  Our family doctor thinks that is a little ridiculous, but Hubby(the patient) is listening to the heart doctor.  He has absolutely NO desire to be on a table having someone poking at his heart ever again.

        I don’t buy bacon and bring it into the house.  That  would be too mean.  But if we go out for breakfast, I might order some.  He has even had it twice on restaurant burgers. He is  allowed a little wiggle room for treats, he just can’t go crazy.

        In other news, the ‘notify me of replies by email’ thingy is back!!!! That is how I knew you replied!  Thanks!!

      • He sounds like a great patient! I will tell you I put smoked paprika in my homemade hummus and my sister-in-law said it tasted like bacon. Maybe invest in some smoked paprika just for the flavor?

        Yep, my designer seems to have added it today. Was it automatically checked for you or did you have to check it yourself? Another reader said hers was pre-checked.

      • I have sweet paprika, I will look for smoked!!  Thanks for the tip!

        That box is automatically checked, which is  perfect for me!

  5. I’ve often seen recipes for baking bacon but always wondered if it splatters all over the oven. Much easier to clean the stove top than the oven. However, if it doesn’t make a mess in the oven……. I just might need to make bacon a little more often.

    • Nope, no splattering. My theory is that because the bacon heats up slowly it isn’t hitting a hot pan and reacting. I can hear the sizzle but no popping and my oven isn’t greasy. Give it a shot!

  6. We learned this trick several years ago.   One step we add is to cook the bacon on cookie racks.  That way our bacon isn’t covered in grease 

  7. I’ve done this for years, but hey, I’m older than you. (wink)
    I don’t use racks or broiler pans either because I don’t want to clean them.  I just make sure I blot it well on paper towels.

    And darn those bacon eating dinosaurs!!!

  8. This is the only way I’ll cook bacon – no greasy stove top, no burned arms and hands, and no smoke alarm going off! I put two cookie racks in my baking sheet and place the bacon on top so the grease drips down below. Sadly there’s not usually any left to freeze after my husband and I get done with it…