The best tip I’ve ever learned from the interwebs? How to cook bacon.
I grew up thinking the proper method for frying bacon was in the microwave. It works for my mom, but even when I used the special microwave bacon plate, I couldn’t get it right. My husband is a proponent of frying bacon in a skillet on the stove. Personally, I prefer to avoid being spattered with boiling lava, I mean, bacon grease.
So for many years, I didn’t cook bacon. Which is sad because that means I didn’t eat bacon. (Well, you know, good for my arteries. But sad for my taste buds – and my husband who lives by the motto, “Bacon makes everything better.”)
Then I read about baking bacon. And it changed my life. Maybe I was the last person to learn about this. Maybe you’ve been baking your bacon for years. But just in case you don’t know about this, I’m here to change your life, too.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
2. Place thick-sliced bacon in one layer on the sheet. Do not overlap slices.
3. Turn oven to 400 degrees (don’t preheat). Put the bacon in the oven.
4. Check it after 15 minutes, but it might take closer to 20 minutes.
5. Place on paper towels and blot. (I know. Ew. But…bacon.)
6. Enjoy perfectly cooked, crispy bacon!
What’s your favorite way to cook (or eat!) bacon?
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I’m always afraid that this will splatter in the oven and leave a greasy mess. How was the cleanup? Thanks for the link party!
Wellll, I don’t think I’ve ever cleaned the inside of my oven. So I might be the wrong person to ask this question. :) What I can say with confidence is that it’s never made a mess that I noticed. And I’m not completely oblivious. ;) And it’s easy cleanup as far as the baking sheet goes, if you line it with thick (or double) foil!
We cook our bacon this way all the time! You’re right it works really well. Thanks for the linky!
We cook bacon this way too! Perfect bacon every time!
This sounds like something I need to try as I so dislike cleaning up all the splattering bacon makes all over the stove & counters. Thanks for the tip!
You’re welcome. I hope your life is full of mess-free bacon now! :)
Yes! I learned this when working as a Girl Scout camp cook. I wish my grandmother had known about it–she cooked bacon every morning from the time they could afford it (around 1950) until she was disabled by cancer (1989), and everything in her kitchen was covered with a sheen of bacon grease which had attracted dust. :-p
Oh yuck, that is the thing about grease. It’s a real pain to clean up – especially when it builds over time!
This sounds amazing, says the girl who still usually cooks bacon in the microwave.
Hey, if microwaving bacon works for you, go for it. I could just never get it right myself!
Oh yes! My father-in-law taught me how to cook bacon this way and I’ve never turned back. Except when the occasional rushed morning forces me to use the microwave, in which case it’s a decision between nuked bacon and no bacon. And is that really a decision? Thanks for hosting!
Nope, there’s no decision there at all! Haha! :)
Love cooking bacon in the oven, but I’ve never used foil. Thanks for the tip! I will do that next time. :)
Yes, it makes cleanup WAY easier!!
I do sometimes cook it in the oven, and I love the way it turns out. When I’m feeling really ambitious, I make a lot – and then freeze it. All you have to do then is nuke it for a minute (after thawing) and that’s even easier. :)