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How to Cook Bacon with Oven (5 easy steps)

Cooking bacon in the oven gives it a different taste, very yummy. It makes cooking bacon much easier, and less work for you compared to when you are using the stove. You can attend to other things while cooking with the oven.

 Cooking bacon in the oven

Your bacon becomes crispy when you cook it with the oven, it is sometimes crunchy depending on how you want it to be. Though most people are unaware of this method and they go through the rigorous process, this article is here to show you the easy steps to take while cooking with the oven.

You will find this really exciting to know the reasons why cooking with the oven is much better and fun, so you can let go of your old routine or habit of using the stove to cook bacon, all we want is for you to have a feel of these crispy taste.

Cooking bacon on the makes your stove look really ugly due to the particles and drips from the bacon and produces hot spots on the pan. There is also a possibility that some of the bacon may cook faster than others and you may have some undone, and if not, careful you may have some burnt bacon in charcoals forms which won’t be nice.

Cooking bacon in the oven cooks all of your bacon slices properly as the heat surrounds them.

How to cook bacon in the oven

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Lay the bacon slices on the baking sheet.
  • Cook the bacon for 18-20 minutes or until it’s as crispy as you’d like.
  • Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

Why you should cook bacon with stove

  • You can make a large quantity for friends and family with the oven and it still comes out nice unlike the stove. Like whenever you have occasions or people visiting and when lots of people come to your house. It helps reduce stress and to save your sanity in the kitchen with the masses.
  • Cooking bacon in the oven is neater than cooking bacon on the stove, you won’t have to do so much washing and scrubbing on the stove because you won’t be using it. Most people hate splatters so the stove isn’t a good idea for such people. All over the stovetop because I probably cook my bacon a bit too hot.
  • Cooking your bacon in the oven allows you to attend to other tasks in the kitchen. Because once you toss that sheet pan of bacon in the oven, you’re free for about 15 minutes to whip up some eggs or make a batch of pancakes or waffles

Other steps to follow in cooking bacon in the oven

  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper (or don’t like it at all – but that’s messy). With parchment paper, it’s as simple as tearing off a piece, placing the bacon on top, and cooking.
  • Should you place the bacon on a cooling rack to cook? I don’t think so. I tried it and the difference is negligible. But then I had to clean a cooling rack (and those buggers are hard to clean).
  • 400 degrees Fahrenheit works well for both regular and thick-cut bacon. Heat your oven and cook the bacon for 10-15 minutes or until it’s reached your desired level of crispiness. I do rotate the pan halfway through, just to ensure even cooking, but that’s it. And remember that your bacon will continue to crisp up once it dries.

 How to get bacon grease

  • Once you’ve cooked your bacon, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Line a fine mesh sieve with another paper towel (you could also use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth) and pour the hot bacon grease over the sieve and into a glass jar.
  • Note: it’s important to use glass and not plastic, as you’ll melt plastic with hot bacon grease.


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