Though many casual cooks probably wouldn’t even consider learning how to cook bacon in the oven, it’s a kitchen skill that can really come in handy – especially when the stovetop is full. Whether you’re trying to get every item of a full breakfast ready at the same time or just don’t want to deal with popping grease, cooking bacon in the oven is a perfectly viable alternative to the more traditional stovetop method. What’s more, those who like their strips crispy will love the taste and texture of oven roasted bacon. Use the following guide to bake some tasty bacon for yourself.
What You Need:
- Bacon strips
- An oven
- A cookie sheet
- Aluminum foil
- Butter or cooking spray
- Start with a regular old cookie sheet. If you want to make your life a little easier when the time comes for cleanup, line the sheet with aluminum foil. Then, use either regular butter or cooking spray to lightly coat the foil. When that’s done, arrange the bacon on the cookie sheet like you would in a pan – allowing a little bit of space between each strip.
- When cooking bacon in the oven, there’s no need for preheating. Place the bacon in the oven while it’s still cold, and then set it to 400 degrees. From here, the only thing you need to pay attention to for the next few minutes is the oven’s preheat light. For most conventional ovens, you can expect this preheating phase to take about ten minutes.
- When the preheat light goes off, give your oven-baked bacon its first checkup. By now, the solidified fat in those raw bacon strips should have melted down, shriveling the strips somewhat and leaving a little grease on the foil. This is the point at which you should make your first turn. All you’ve got to do is use tongs or a spatula to flip each individual strip, and then place the bacon back in the oven for intervals of roughly five minutes.
- At the full 400 degrees, oven cooked bacon reaches that perfect crispness quickly. As obnoxious as it might be to set a timer for five minute intervals, it’s not a bad idea when cooking bacon in the oven. Any extra time beyond your desired level of crispness will likely produce burnt (or even blackened) strips. The best way to deal with this is to check on your baked bacon early and often. After all, a little extra labor is certainly worth a serving of delicious, perfectly cooked bacon strips. When they’re ready, drain the strips on paper towels for a few minutes – after which they’ll be ready to serve.