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An easy step-by-step guide on how to cook bacon in the oven. Less mess and better bacon!
This post is created in partnership with Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon.
For years I tried to cook bacon either in a frying pan or the microwave. Holy greasy mess, Batman! But, I learned a restaurant industry secret a while back: just bake it! I promise you’ll have perfect bacon every time without all the clean-up.
Our Favorite Bacon
First, let’s talk about the star ingredient: BACON. You and I both know that all bacon is NOT created equal. And, we’ve tried a lot over the years.
We solemnly swear that the best bacon we’ve ever had is Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon. Whether you choose their Uncured Bacon (my personal fave), Applewood Smoked Bacon, Hickory Smoked, or any of their flavors…you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
This family-owned mid-Missouri business uses their age-old family recipe to cure bacon with a mixture of salt, brown sugar and pepper, then slow-smoke it over natural wood chips…never adding any water. Because who wants to cook water with their bacon?
Learn more about their process here…
The Uncured Country Bacon–my favorite–is unique in that they use their traditional dry cured recipe without the added Sodium Nitrite. So, this bacon includes no MSG, gluten, preservatives, or added nitrate or nitrite.
FIND BURGERS’ SMOKEHOUSE BACON AT A STORE NEAR YOU OR ONLINE HERE.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
Follow these simple steps for how to cook bacon in the oven:
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 400°F.
STEP 2: Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Place a metal cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. Line the bacon up side by side, making sure the pieces do not overlap. (Note: You can line the bacon up directly on the foil if you don’t have a baking rack, but the end result will be greasier and will bake faster, so keep an eye on it.)
STEP 3: Pop it in the oven for 20-25 minutes for thinner bacon and 25-30 minutes for thicker bacon. Timing will really depend on the bacon but it will likely fall into this range. Just keep an eye on it and bake it to your desired crispiness level.
STEP 4: After the bacon is done baking, remove it from the oven and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any extra grease.
Congratulations! Now you know how to cook bacon in the oven. I’m guessing you’ll never go back to those messier, greasier methods. 🙂
Bacon Recipes You’ll Love
OK, you now know where to get quality bacon and how to cook it. Time for some DELICIOUS recipes that feature Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon!
We hope you enjoy the easiest and least messy way to cook bacon from now on!
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- 1 pound bacon (recommended: Burgers’ Smokehouse Bacon)
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- Preheat the oven to 400° degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy clean up. Place a metal rack on top of the baking sheet. Line the bacon up side by side, making sure the pieces do not overlap.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes for thin-cut bacon or 25-30 minutes for thick-cut bacon, depending on your desired doneness. That’s it!