This oven baked bacon recipe is super easy. It is so simple that even a 5-year old can do. No kidding here. There is almost no cleanup, but your hands. It frees you plenty of time to prepare other dishes for your meal.
Total Time: 45- 55 Minutes
Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes
Inactive Cook Time: 35-40 Minutes
Serving: 12-16 Slices of Bacon
I have been cooking bacon on the stove top for years. To cook a whole pound of bacon, it takes me an hour to make it perfectly crispy, but not burned. At the same time, the grease splatters everywhere. What a mess!
What inspired me to go for the oven option was a trip to a national coffee shop chain. My little one wanted an order of maple bacon. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, "It got to be kept warm in an oven. So, how could I bake bacon instead of doing it on the stove top?"
After doing several research, I did different batches of candied bacon and regular bacon with different temperature setting. One thing that I found was that every oven baked bacon recipe I came across needs a lot of work to cleanup. Many recipes advise to use an oven rack in order to make bacon crispy. But it is a lot of muscle work to clean that rack after. Burned grease makes it tacky. Besides, the grease causes the smoke in the oven. Next, you will realize that the smoke triggers the fire alarm going off in the house.
I asked myself, "How can I make it easier, better and no cleaning at all?" Then, it became my mission to reach the following goals of creating this oven baked bacon recipe:
1. No dishes to clean at all. I mean ZERO.
2. No turning in the midway of baking. Yes, you pop it into the oven and walk away. Come back later and enjoy it.
3. No smoke or fire alarm going off in the house.
So, how to get the desired results? It is all about setting up the baking sheet.
1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. This keeps your pan clean. No cleaning is needed.
2. Add a piece of parchment paper on top of the foil lined baking sheet. It acts as an absorbing agent of the grease. So, it doesn’t create smoke in the oven which usually triggers the alarm going off in the house. If you prefer to save the bacon grease for future use, there is still plenty for you.
3. Do not overlap the bacon pieces when you lay it down on the baking sheet. The edges slightly touching each other is ok. But overlapping means the meat sticking together when it is cooked. What it will happen is that the overlapping part is not crispy.
If you follow these steps mentioned above, you will get a batch of crispy and perfectly cooked bacon. It may take a little bit longer to cook in the oven.
However, if you want to cook the bacon on the rack, check out the instructions below to make your own disposable rack. These steps are optional. But the bacon will be ready sooner and much less grease.
1. Making disposable rack relies on how the foil fits into the baking sheet. For a smaller pan, you may take a piece of foil about 1.5 times of the pan’s width and fold the foil along its width. For a bigger pan, you may apply the same principle, but on the length side.
2. Fold this piece of foil every 3/4” - 1" and open it up. This is your disposable oven rack.
3. Line bacon over the ridges of your disposable rack crosswise. These ridges provide the gaps for the heat to pass through which allow you to cook the crispy bacon without turning it over midway. It is also because of these ridges that the bacon will not be soaked under its own grease.
Last but not least, you can crumble up the bacon into pieces after it is completely cool down. Store into air tight container and chill in the fridge. Add them on top of salad or soup.
1 lb Bacon (regular cut, NOT thick cut)
Ground Black Pepper (optional)
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