What can we say about bacon that hasn’t been said before? Nothing. (see Jim Gaffigan video at the end of this post)
I had heard once or twice before that making bacon in the oven was the best way but never tried it before and decided to remedy the situation.
It was super simple, delicious and easy to clean up. One of the nicest things about it is it’s pretty much hands off—once it’s in the oven you just wait 20 minutes and it’s done—freeing you to focus on whatever other food you’re preparing that will soon be improved with the addition of bacon.
MAKIN’ BACON (IN THE OVEN)
1. Pre-heat your oven to 400˚ F.
2. Take a baking sheet and line it with foil (for easy clean-up).
3. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on top of the foil and lay your bacon on it without overlapping. Add any seasoning you’d like.
4. Bake your bacon in the oven for 15–20 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on it towards the end because things can change fast. Also, keep in mind that it will continue to cook a little after it is removed from the oven.
5. Remove the bacon from the oven and place it on paper towels to pull away some of the grease.
– This bacon was cooked exactly to my liking—the perfect amount of crispiness and full of flavor.
– Baking in the oven allows the bacon to cook evenly. I’ve been frustrated in the past with uneven cooking on the stovetop so this is a big plus.
– I added a little cracked pepper to the bacon before putting it in the oven. I’ve seen others suggest brown sugar, maple syrup—pretty much anything you can think of could go on there before baking. There’s nothing wrong with naked bacon either.
– I bet you could save that bacon grease that collects under the bacon and make all kinds of tasty stuff with it if you felt like it.
– Maybe next time we’ll try making our own bacon from a hunk of pork belly…
– In hindsight, the only thing I would MAYBE change is writing “Bakin’ Bacon” on the chalkboard instead.
– Yep. This was delicious.