Oven baked bacon is my preferred way to make perfectly straight bacon. No standing over the stove. No more curled up raw edges. Follow my recipe for cooking bacon in the oven for great results.
If there is a way to make bacon a part of my weekday breakfast, I'm going to take it. I love savory eggs and bacon in the morning instead of a sweeter option like oatmeal. Always have. I don't however love time that it takes to make it on the stove. Enter oven-baked bacon.
Why Oven-Baked Bacon?
- less mess
- stays straight
- no babysitting
- evenly cooked
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 oven baked bacon 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.
Now if you want to make a super yummy BLT, put this oven baked bacon on some toasted sprouted bread or my homemade white sandwich bread. Is there anything better than a BLT with a fresh garden tomato? I think not!
Oven baked bacon
- 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!