I know exactly what you’re thinking. Why on earth do you need a recipe for bacon? You just fry it up in a pan, right? Wrong. There are better and worse methods, depending on what you are trying to do with your bacon. We have found the method below to be the safest, most versatile way to cook the best tasting bacon. Try it once, and we doubt you’ll go back to the old way of dodging pops of bacon grease lurching out of the pan!
Serves: as much bacon as you want to cook at once (and that will fit in your oven)
Cook Time: 20ish minutes, depending on your oven’s preheat time
Ready In: 20ish minutes
- Baking sheet
- Tongs or a spatula
- Paper towels
- Aluminum foil
- Lay your strips of bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet so none are overlapping. (We find that a pound can usually fit on a sheet tray, but sometimes there isn’t room for a few slices.)
- Place the bacon in the cold oven. Set the oven to 400F.
- Once the oven reaches 350F, keep an eye on the bacon so you can pull it out at your desired doneness (some like it floppy, some like it crispy, we don’t judge).
- When your bacon is done, pull it out of the oven and remove from the baking tray with tongs onto a paper-towel-lined plate, ensuring none overlap. Create additional layers of paper towels to accommodate the amount of bacon.
- If saving the bacon butter, drain the grease off the pan into a glass mason jar while grease is still liquid. If discarding grease, allow it to cool until hardened on the aluminum foil before balling up and throwing in the trash.
- Freeze bacon in an airtight container and reheat when needed in the microwave for 10 seconds.