How You Should Be Cooking Your Bacon

by Mama Chocolate on September 9, 2011

If you’re still frying your bacon in a pan on your stove and getting splattered with grease, making a horrible mess of your stovetop, forgetting it and burning it to a crisp:


There is a much easier way!

1.) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

2.) Line a cookie sheet with foil. If your foil isn’t wide enough to be able to wrap it up over the edges, fold two lengths together to create leak-proof seam.

3.) Lay out your bacon in a single layer on the foil, (it’s okay to overlap a little if you’re trying to get a lot on there.)

4.) Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on your oven and your desired level of crispiness!

5.) Pull the bacon off the pan right away and lay it in several layers of paper towels to soak off excess grease.

6.) To clean up, wait until the hot grease has cooled and solidified and then simply wad up the foil and toss it in the garbage! 

Your pan should be completely clean, or if you accidentally punctured the foil at some point, (I do sometimes, oops,) you might have a little grease there, but it is so much easier to clean than a crusty frying pan!

Update: Readers have commented that placing a rack on top of the foil, under the bacon makes it turn out less greasy!

Also, I just ran across this video on how to make “bacon bundles” to use in sandwiches! GENIUS!

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Melanie September 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love cooking bacon this way…also stays nice and flat so it works oh so much better for sandwiches. Sometimes I put a cooling rack (The kind for cookies!) in the pan under the bacon and then it is virtually grease-free when you’re done cooking it because all of the grease has dripped from the rack into the pan. Thanks for sharing!


Mama Chocolate September 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm

That’s a great idea, Melanie! Thanks! :-D


NW Homesteader September 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Great tip! Thank you so much for sharing! And I love the idea of the cooling rack Melanie! I think I’m moving into a whole new world for bacon!


Mary Beth Elderton September 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

As long as I have been cooking, I never heard of cooking bacon in the oven! Thank you for sharing this! I sometimes just leave off the bacon just because I don’t want to hassle with the frying pan.


Missy Lynnh September 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

What an awesome tip! I love bacon but hate the mess it makes. I can’t wait to try this


Patsy M. Henry September 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Well, I’ve heard it all now! What a great idea. I’ll have to try this because I hate to fry bacon or microwave it. Now, if I could just afford to buy bacon!
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Dusty Smith September 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I buy bacon at Sam’s Club – 3 lb of Smithfield for just under $10. That’s a great price compared to 1 lb at a regular grocery store.


Karen September 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I don’t use any aluminum foil in our lives at all, for the reason of heavy metal toxicity. I do make bacon in the oven but I place it on a rack, and bake it till almost ready set the timer for two minutes and change the oven to broil. I get perfect bacon and I save the bacon grease for flavoring!


Sherri Herrmann September 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Hello….yes this is the best way to cook bacon…it’s also good to cook it using the broiler pan, then the fat drains into the bottom tray rather than hang around the bacon.

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Allison Lewis September 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I cook my bacon this way, too. A tip I learned is to place the bacon on a baking rack on top of the foil-covered pan. It ends up being juicier that way….so delicious!


Laura O in AK September 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I’ll tell hubby to try the higher temp for faster cooking. He’s been doing it at 325 degrees and it takes a lot longer to be finished.
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Kristin September 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

I only recently learned that I could cook bacon in the oven. Only… I hadn’t heard the foil tip. Those cookie sheets are hard to clean with all the stuck on bacon grease. This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!
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Shelly Smith September 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I also use this method to cook my bacon- SOOOOO much easier! I never liked bacon cooked in the microwave because it doesn’t get crispy enough! But, oven-cooked bacon is perfect!


Kirsten May 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I have never heard of this method for cooking bacon, but I will definitely be trying it tomorrow!!


Sherry Conrad July 11, 2012 at 7:05 pm

We do this too on a cooling rack for no grease bacon, but no foil since we recycle foil if we use it we’d have to wash it anyways. If I will be making refried beans anytime soon, I save the grease in the fridge for free fat & flavor. ;-)


Vickie July 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

This looks so much easier, but I have question – does it splatter all over inside your oven like it does on the stovetop? I have a self cleaning oven, maybe I just shouldn’t care, lol!


Sherri March 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Bacon in the oven is the way to go. If I do have time, I cook at a lower temperature — even as low as 300 degrees. This keeps shrinkage to a minimum.


Robin June 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

When I first saw bacon being cooked in the oven (almost 35 years ago!) the sweet lady who cooked it put another cookie sheet on top of the bacon, not only to reduce splattering, but to keep the bacon perfectly flat. It was perfect!!


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