Since I’ve had a love for cooking practically my entire life, I tend to forget just how many cooking tips and tricks I use every single day without even giving them a second thought. I don’t often realize that the things I do as a natural course of action are anything special until someone brings it to my attention. Bacon, for example is something I prepare quite often and I always get compliments on how crispy it is. When I tell people that I bake it, they are always shocked. I grew up with a mother who always fried it in skillet which is how many people tend to cook bacon. However, since I learned the baking method many, many years ago, I’ve never turned back. Frying bacon in a pan if you are not careful is messy and often produces a bacon that is wavy in shape with spots that are burnt and spots that are raw. Nasty! Baking bacon requires no flipping and minimal mess. I don’t want to have to babysit a pan and deal with oil splatters and children running near pans with searing hot bacon grease so the skillet method is not for me.
For those of you who have never put your bacon in the oven, this post is about to change your life. It really is a no-muss, no-fuss method that produces the perfect bacon. Every. Single. Time. People will be asking you your secret and I bet they will even compare it to good restaurant bacon. Do you want to know why? Many restaurants bake their bacon too! So now you are one of the cool kids. Go forth and make some badass bacon.
1. Place your oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top it with a rack. Note: if you don’t have a rack, you can certainly just line the baking sheet with parchment paper, but the rack produces a crispier bacon. Arrange the bacon slices side by side on top of the rack. Wait until the oven is completely preheated and then place the baking sheet into the oven.
3. Rotate the baking sheet and continue cooking until the bacon is golden-brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. Exact baking time will depend on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it. Keep an eye on it at around 12 minutes and keep checking to see how the bacon is doing.
4. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Tip: Save the bacon drippings in a glass jar for other culinary uses.