How to Cook Perfect Bacon

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Lately, I have seen many methods for cooking bacon.  And although the end result of each method is good yummy bacon, many use fancy air fryers, messy skillets or other equipment that not all of us have. Here is how I prepare perfect bacon, with less mess.

Equipment/Ingredients:
Rectangular cookie sheet
Aluminum Foil, long enough to cover the entire sheet (optional)
Sliced Bacon
Tongs
Plate with Paper Towels

That’s it!  I choose to use aluminum foil for super easy cleanup.  This is not a necessity as I understand that the health effects of foil are questionable.

Ok, enough of that … on to getting that bacon cooked!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Line the cooking sheet with foil, making sure to push it down in the corners so the bacon grease does not run over the edge.

Lay the bacon slices out on the cookie sheet.  Touching, not touching … up to you.  I usually squish them on the tray very close.

Next, bake for approx. 15 minutes.

Then, flip the slices over and continue to bake until the desired doneness is achieved.

Cook times vary depending upon the thickness of your bacon.

Once you feel the bacon is cooked, remove the slices and drain on plate covered in several layers of paper towels.

Alternatively, try twisting the raw bacon.  By twisting the strips, a pound easily fits on the baking sheet, there is no need to turn mid-way through the cooking process, and the end result is really cute.

Check the bacon after about 15 minutes with the twisted version as well, to see if any adjusting is needed.

Cook until desired doneness is achieved. Drain on paper towels.

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Don’t forget about that leftover bacon grease. Don’t throw it out! Save it for skillet cooking, baking, etc.  Bacon grease adds a lot of flavor to many dishes.

I choose to store my bacon grease in the refrigerator, but I know of many people that leave it sitting out in a crock or similar container.  I would recommend straining it to not have bits that can spoil in it.

Now, go eat some bacon! Yum!

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2 thoughts on “How to Cook Perfect Bacon

  1. Sue says:

    Love this! I hate to cook bacon because of it splattering grease all over. Instead I purchase the precooked bacon which is so expensive and not very good! I will definitely be trying this! Thank you for sharing!

    • Steph says:

      It has been a game changer for me. I do clean the oven a bit more often but no spatter all over the stove and cabinets etc., and it is super easy. Hope you are now able to enjoy fresh bacon now and no more precooked 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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