Like most people I learned to make bacon on the stovetop in a pan. Sizzling away, popping grease everywhere. Adjusting the temperature to ensure it cooks consistently, flipping the bacon to make sure it doesn’t get too scorched on one side, too undercooked on the other. And after all that, figuring out how to get rid of the leftover grease. Can’t pour it down the sink, although many folks do. And the pan is always a greasy mess to wash. Ick!
That was how I did it for years until my roommate set me straight. Bake it!
That’s right, put that stuff in the oven, set the timer, walk away, work on something else, come back and you’ll have perfect bacon every time. And almost no clean up to contend with. It’s absolute genius!
Now, I’m sharing this secret with you, step by step. I promise you’ll have perfect bacon every time and with minimal cleanup. I like my bacon good and crispy. If you like it a little less done, adjust the cooking time.
1. Line a sided baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. Place your bacon on the baking sheet, evenly spaced. Try not to overcrowd the baking sheet so it all cooks evenly.
3. Put in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. You may have to try a couple times to figure out the perfect timing for your oven, and based on how well you like your bacon cooked. Plus, different brands cook a little faster than others, so just check it after about 15 minutes to get it just perfect.
4. Check for doneness. When it looks just right pull it out of the oven and move to a paper towel to blot the excess grease.
5. Allow the baking sheet to cool completely. The grease will harden, and you can then just remove the foil from the tray and discard. No pan to wash!
The end result: perfect bacon with little effort and mess. I swear you’ll never want to cook it any other way once you try this method.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!