Bacon in the Oven

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Do you want to know the secret to perfectly crispy bacon every time? Cook your bacon in the oven! Baking bacon on a sheet pan is the secret to achieving perfect caramelized bacon.

Crispy Oven Baked Bacon Ingredients

  • 12 slices bacon (thin or thick cut)

Bacon in the Oven Directions

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Do you struggle with the time in the morning to make a delicious breakfast that can get eaten anywhere when you have to rustle the children up from their beds, get them dressed? And making sure their lunches get packed before you drop the kids to school and yourself to work? Nobody has time for that! But luckily for you and your children, I have a recipe for how to cook bacon in the oven that requires little to no effort of your time, and the children will love it.

Plus, who hates that when they are cooking bacon on the stove and you get oil splatters over your nicely cleaned clothes? Especially the clothes you planned to wear to work. My One-pan wonder will eliminate oil splatters in unwanted areas for good. And you can pop the bacon in the oven and walk away to get on with your morning routine!

This recipe for oven baked bacon is also a great way to meal prep if you have an event coming up that requires a large portion of bacon to get cooked. You could prep your bacon in the morning in a sheet pan and roast till perfected and crispy. This baked bacon recipe is also a great way to cook juicy bacon without the messy clean-up of oil, juice, and fat that you’d find everywhere after cooking it in a frying pan.

I like using thick cut bacon but you can use thin cut bacon if that is your preference – this is perfect for crispier bacon lovers.

With this bacon in the oven recipe, you’ll find more time to enjoy your busy morning and perhaps for once sit down and enjoy that coffee.

juicy bacon strips on brown paper

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven with 5 Easy Steps

When it comes to the great debate of whether you should cook bacon on the stove or cook bacon in the oven on a baking sheet, choose the second option every time. Why? Well, this is the most efficient way for meal prepping. You can make a lot of bacon to use for later recipes.

Another reason for cooking bacon this way is that it is a fantastic way to feeds a crowd. Cook the bacon in larger batches at once, leaving you with freshly baked bacon that hasn’t gotten cold, as you typically get when pan-frying.

Using an oven to cook your bacon means easy clean-up. As working parents, we all know the struggle of making sure our kitchens are clean. Using the baking method eliminates oil and fat splatters. If you line the pan with enough aluminum foil, you’ll even skip cleaning your sheet pan.

Oven baking also provides crispy bacon with caramelized edges for maximum flavor every time. There is no need to completely burn your pan to get delicious, juicy bacon strips.

Bacon Grease

Don’t know what to do with the excess bacon grease? How about using it as cooking oil? Not only does it save you a little extra money, but it also is infused with delicate bacon notes.

Try saving the bacon grease after you are done cooking bacon by pouring the oil through a mesh sieve and pour it into a mason jar. Store in the refrigerator or room temperature to use as a cooking oil.

Are you not into saving your bacon grease? Let it cool down while still in the aluminum foil till it becomes solidified. Once the oil is in a solid-state, crumple the foil around it and discard it in the trash.

You can use the leftover bacon fat to make bacon mayo. It’s delicious on a chaffle sandwich!

bacon sitting in bacon grease on a tray

Flip the Bacon?

Are you wondering whether you need to flip your bacon while it’s getting cooked in the oven? The answer is nope. The appliance does all the work for you so you don’t have to worry about flipping it while baking bacon.

Due to lining the sheet pan with aluminum foil before cooking the bacon, the heat is distributed evenly through the bacon. And this also leaves you with caramelized cooked bacon every time.

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