If there is a way to make bacon a part of my weekday breakfast, I’m going to take it. That’s why I love using the oven baked bacon method. Instead of me having to stand over the stove and babysit it cooking in batches, I can pop a bunch of bacon in the oven and let it do its magic while I get ready in the morning.
Another great thing about bacon in the oven is that there is less mess. You don’t get the mess of splattered bacon grease all over your stove. For some reason it just doesn’t splatter as much in the oven. Also there’s less mess on the pan to clean up. I always use parchment paper on my baking sheet, which makes clean up easy and helps the bacon not to stick to the sheet tray. Yes, the baking sheet will still need to be cleaned, but it doesn’t require scrubbing, only washing off the grease that soaked through the parchment paper.
One last benefit is taste and texture. I adore a straight and crispy yet chewy piece of bacon. Please don’t give me a curled up piece of bacon with raw fatty ends and a burnt middle. You’re not letting bacon live to its full potential if you serve it like that. Bacon deserves better. You deserve better. By cooking it in the oven, the fat is rendering slowly and cooking evenly, resulting in perfectly straight evenly cooked slices. It’s a thing of beauty if you ask me.
We started making bacon in the oven years ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s the only way I cook it now unless I am needing crumbled bacon for a dish and then I just chop it up and put it in my pot that I am cooking in.
Oven baked bacon
Low maintenance bacon cooked in the oven
- 8 slices bacon
- parchment paper
Line baking sheet with parchment paper and lay bacon flat on parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or until bacon is as done as you like.
Drain off bacon drippings and eat!