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How to Make Bacon in the Oven

How to make bacon in the oven- This recipe is SO easy and produces perfectly crisp bacon every time. Prep work is minimal and the use of foil makes clean up a breeze!

cooked bacon on a plate with a blue napkin

I have been using this recipe for years. It has had many many changes, but I have finally found the perfect way to make bacon in the oven. 

Why would you want to make bacon in the oven? Oh, so many reasons. 

  • It is fast.
  • You don’t have to watch it too closely.
  • Large batches can be made at once.
  • Every piece cooks evenly.
  • There is almost no clean up.

But my favorite reason? It frees up so much time for me to focus on other items like eggs or toast. 

Like I mentioned above, I have been working on this method for cooking bacon for years. Below is a walk through of how I manage to get perfect bacon every single time, and how you can too!

bacon on a table

All of the magic starts with the type of bacon you pick. For this tutorial, and because it happens to be my sons favorite, I decided to use the Kirkland Signature bacon from Costco. 

What temperature is best for cooking bacon?

The best temperature to cook bacon is 425 degrees. It helps the bacon cook in a reasonable amount of time and gets it to that perfect crisp, but not too cooked, texture. 

Now, keep in mind that all ovens can cook differently. You want to check the temperature of your oven and search for any hot spots. Once you have a good idea, you should be able to adjust the cook time according. 

foil pulled over a baking tray

Should you start with a cold oven when cooking bacon?

A LOT of tutorials online say to start with a cold oven. I do not do this. I am not saying that they are wrong, but it just does not work well for me. I gave it a good try and made it that way for a few years. Preheating the oven speeds up the time and gives me the finish I am looking for. 

Thick Bacon vs Thin Sliced

For this tutorial I am using thin bacon. Not extra thin. Just the basic bacon you find at most grocery stores. This takes approximately 16 to 20 minutes to bake and does not require flipping.

If you decide to use thick cut bacon, you will need to flip them halfway through and add an additional 5 to 10 minutes to the cook time. I suggest checking around 13 minutes, flipping, and continuing to cook to your desired crispness. 

uncooked bacon layered on a baking tray

How to make crispy bacon in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil, for easy clean up, and lightly mist with cooking spray. 
  2. Layer the uncooked bacon onto your prepared tray in a single layer.
  3. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp.
  4. Optional, flip the bacon halfway through. 

Note: I like to check on mine around 13 minutes and adjust my cooking time from there. 

Tips for this recipe:

  • Use foil to line your baking tray. The foil catches the grease. Let it cool, and the grease solidify, then wrap up and toss in the trash. This helps cut down on clean up. 
  • Flip the bacon halfway through if desired, or use an oven safe rack in the tray. 
  • When you remove the bacon, place it on a paper towel to soak up some of the grease before serving. 
  • This bacon is good for soooo many different things. One of our faves? Burgers.
cooked piece of bacon held by hand

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How to Make Bacon in the Oven

How to Make Bacon in the Oven

Yield: 1-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

How to make bacon in the oven- This recipe is SO easy and produces perfectly crisp bacon every time. Prep work is minimal and the use of foil makes clean up a breeze!

Ingredients

  • 1 package bacon

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking tray with foil, for easy clean up, and lightly mist with cooking spray. 

2. Layer the uncooked bacon onto your prepared tray in a single layer.

3. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. I suggest checking at 10 minutes, and adding additional time from there.

4. Optional, flip the bacon halfway through. 

Notes

  • Use foil to line your baking tray. The foil catches the grease. Let it cool, and the grease solidify, then wrap up and toss in the trash. This helps cut down on clean up. 
  • Flip the bacon halfway through if desired, or use an oven safe rack in the tray. 
  • When you remove the bacon, place it on a paper towel to soak up some of the grease before serving. 

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