How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

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When I learned how to cook bacon in the oven, it was a game changer for me. Everything tastes better with bacon in it, on it, or around it. I love cooking bacon outside wearing an apron (Levi fabric) in cast iron, complete with the grease splattering everywhere.

Then I read where you can bake it in the oven. Now the grease stays contained inside the pan and within the oven. I’m updating this post from 2015 because I’m hoping some new readers will see you can cook bacon in the oven and save lots of the fuss.

I no longer have to put foil everywhere to protect my stove from grease splatters! My favorite bacon is from Costco, I buy the thick center cut slices and cut them in half before baking them. Now, you don’t have to cut them in half, but I have done this for years to feed more people with less.

No one questions a 5-inch slice of bacon in my house. That’s how we have always cooked bacon. I added my Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Snacks recipe below. They are so yummy!

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

Do you love to go camping? Whenever I think of cooking breakfast outside in the mountains I can almost smell it cooking!

I love bacon and it tastes good on just about everything! Mark and I have bacon, tomato, and lettuce on sandwiches all summer. Thank goodness for my garden! I love egg salad sandwiches with a slice or two of bacon on it!

What is Bacon:

We all know that bacon comes from a pig. It comes from the side of the pig. It’s cured and smoked before it arrives at the grocery stores. You can get bacon in different widths. You can buy them 1/32 inches thick which give you about 32-35 pieces per pound.

If you buy the 1/16 inch thick you will get 18-20 slices per pound. You can also buy bacon slabs, then slice it to your preference of thickness. The flavor of the bacon will depend on a few things. Each farmer buys the feed for their pigs from different places.

Different breeds of pigs taste a little different too. Of course, some bacon is flavored with maple (my favorite) and other flavors. I like the mesquite flavored ones as well. Each company will smoke and cure their meat in different ways. I think this is why we all prefer different brands.

We can also buy pre-cooked bacon which is a little more expensive, but sometimes the convenience is worth it. I prefer the thicker slices, so I watch the ads for my favorite brand to go on sale. Then I freeze it, lots of it. Yes, people look at me a little strange with all that bacon in my basket.

I can’t wait until my fresh tomatoes start producing this summer. BLT’s here we come!

Nitrates:

I have read articles that nitrates are bad, then I read articles that say they are okay. I have read that turkey bacon is worse than regular bacon. In order to make turkey bacon taste like real bacon, they add a bunch of additives. Who can we believe? I am going to enjoy my bacon, it’s not like I eat it three meals a day. I will follow the adage to “eat everything in moderation,” yes I will go with that one.

How To Cook Bacon In The Oven:

Put the strips in single layers on a cookie sheet with the sides lined with foil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees until desired crispness. My thick bacon takes about 30-40 minutes. If your bacon is thinly sliced it will cook much faster.

UPDATE: I now cook my bacon in glass cake pans (less splatter), no foil. After baking, I remove the strips and place them on paper towels on top of a plate. I let the glass 9-inch by 13-inch pan cool and then add a tablespoon of dry dishwasher soap and let it soak. It’s easy to clean using this method.

Other Options To Cook Bacon:

1. Just fry it in a pan (cast iron works great)

2. Cook it in a Dutch oven outside with charcoal-(fabulous)

3. Microwave it-layer it with paper towels and keep turning the large plate-watch it constantly

Crispy Baked: Crispy Breaded Baked.

How many ways can we use bacon:

1. Fry some bacon and serve it with eggs and toast.

2. Baked bacon is so easy, as you can see above.

3. Do you crumble bacon in salads?

4. I love it crumbled on top of a pizza.

5. Have you tried it wrapped around water chestnuts?

6. Cooked and crumbled in omelets.

7. Cooked and crumbled in quiches with or without a crust.

8. Wrapped around asparagus and baked.

9. Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

10. Serve with scrambled eggs, and avocado.

11. Mark loves it with eggs, sunny-side up and some wheat toast.

12. Wrapped around a filet mignon, and barbecued!

13. Wrapped around a pizza (saw this one on TV).

14. Put on cheeseburgers (my grandkids’ favorite).

15. Cook it in a Dutch oven-cook it outside-can’t you just smell it?

16. I have a few casseroles that call for some bacon.

17. Bacon in chicken wraps.

18. Cobb salads.

19. Stuffed with cream cheese inside baked mushrooms.

20. Fried rice with bacon.

21. Sliced Brussel sprouts stir-fried with garlic, red pepper flakes, and bacon.

22. Corn Muffins served with bacon and eggs.

23. Spinach salad with bacon (balsamic vinegar).

24. Quesadillas with cooked bacon, cheese, onions, and tortillas (fold in half).

25. Breakfast burritos with lots of salsa.

26. John’s comment: “You forgot shrimp wrapped in bacon and my favorite, jalapeños stuffed with shrimp or cheese wrapped in bacon.” 

27. Jackie’s comment: “There is also bacon brittle, chocolate covered bacon and bacon jam to add to your list.”

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Snacks

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Snacks by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella or cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 12 jalapeno peppers cut in half lengthwise (remove the seeds very carefully with gloves)
  • 12 slices bacon (cut in half)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a foil wrapped cookie sheet. Combine the cream cheese with the shredded cheese of choice and mix until smooth. Scoop the mixture evenly into the jalapeno halves. Wrap the bacon halves around each of the 24 filled jalapenos. Bake on the cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.

Final Word

I hope you enjoyed learning how to cook bacon in the oven today. What is your favorite way to cook bacon? I would love to hear any tips you have!

I have to share this article about curing your own bacon: Home Cured Bacon by The Backyard Pioneer. I love his website and you will too!

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14 thoughts on “How To Cook Bacon In The Oven

  • February 4, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    I cook bacon in the oven all the time, but I’m anxious to try the glass pan method. It looks like you’ve got several layered slices in there, from the picture. They don’t be have to be in a single layer in the pan? I’be cooked mine using a rack on a cookie sheet, but this looks lots easier! ❤️

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    • February 4, 2019 at 8:47 am
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      Hi Deb, I used to use the rack in the cookie sheet, and it was too hard for me to handle. It slid or whatever, I can’t remember. I stack the bacon as shown in the glass pans on the post today. They are deeper and then halfway through I use a fork to kind of separate them. IF I remember. It’s just so much easier to bake the pieces cut in half. Linda

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    My wife cooks the bacon in the oven in a jelly roll pan, but she uses those BBQ grill toppers meant for hotdogs to let the fat drip away from the bacon and down into the pan. Still enough grease to be tasty, but not as messy as cooking it directly in the fat.

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    • February 4, 2019 at 8:48 am
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      Hi dmwalsh, I used to do it that way, then I got lazy and started using a glass pan cooking the bacon faster in the grease. LOL! Your wife is cooking it a healthier way! LOL! I love it! Linda

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:43 am
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    You forgot to mention saving the bacon grease. It’s great for frying eggs!

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    • February 4, 2019 at 8:49 am
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      Hi Karl, oh my gosh, I did! I better add that, right now! Thank you!! Linda

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  • February 4, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    I love oven ‘fried’ bacon. I also cut my bacon in half when cooking it. makes it easier to put on a sandwich or burger. and as for the bacon wrapped peppers, we make those a lot. I remember a few years ago when my son first made them for a family dinner.He made some with cream cheese and some with cheddar cheese. We were eating and I grabbed one of the peppers,cautiously took a small bite. Wasn’t hot at all,in fact it was really good. So, I took another and had a big bite. Well, that pepper was the hottest thing I ever put in my mouth !! (I eat jalapenos both cooked and raw all the time). I started gasping for air, my eyes were watering and my face turned red. My son in law ran and got me a glass of milk which I downed so fast I almost choked. LOL Lesson learned, not all peppers are created equal, even if they are from the same bush LOL. I still eat the peppers, just not as big a bite. We laugh about that day every time we have stuffed Jalapeno peppers. Thanks for another great recipe and post. Love and God Bless

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    • February 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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      Hi Judy, oh my gosh, I can only imagine how hot that pepper was!!! Linda

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  • February 4, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    I have tried a number of ways to cook bacon: frying pan, microwave, oven as well as out camping. Splatters and all, I prefer to cook my bacon in my cast iron skillet. It does 2 positive things: fries up the bacon really nicely and once the fat is drained into my jar for the fridge, I only need to use a paper towel to swipe out the pan and it is continually reseasoned.

    Another thing that I do occasionally when camping is to dust my bacon strips in flour – really lightly. Then I skewer them and “roast” them over the fire. I don’t know what it is about this method but it is great! Learned this technique in Camp Fire Girls in the 1960s!!

    I am another one of the cut the bacon strips in half. I think it was something Mom always did to stretch the bacon further for our family (Depression mentality/frugality). We cured our own bacon as we butchered it ourselves. So, it was not sliced before packaging. Mom always cut the slabs of bacon so they were about the length of the standard bacon we get at the store then cut them in half.

    When I was working, one of my co-workers brought in a treat in the form of candied bacon! I initially thought – WHAT, ruin my bacon??? I tried it, then told him that if he EVER brought that to work again, he would need to bring a pound done up just for me! It was that good.

    Candied bacon recipe:
    Preheat oven to 400F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and set aside. In a sealable bag, combine 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add a few strips of bacon at a time to the bag, seal and shake. Place coated bacon on a single layer in the pan. Add more brown sugar and cinnamon to the bag as needed for the amount of bacon you are cooking. Cook for 20 to 40 minutes depending on thickness of the bacon. For thin bacon, start checking doneness at about 12-15 minutes; for thick bacon, check at about 25 minutes. Continue cooking until the bacon is done – may still be a bit limp.
    NOTE: Keep the left over sugar/cinnamon mixture in the freezer for use on another batch if you wish.
    The bacon will crisp up (get sort of a hard candy shell) when it cools.
    Not something I would make often but perhaps for the holidays or special times like Super Bowl?

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    • February 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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      Hi Leanne, oh my gosh, now I want to make some candied bacon!! This sounds so yummy!!!! Linda

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    I didn’t know you could make bacon in the oven! WOW! Hey today I bought something we’ve never tried in the food pantry. It’s Canadian bacon. The package is shelf stable for like 3 years and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated till opened. We got one and decided to try it out. Yum Canadian bacon and canned pineapple make a great pizza topping. We call it Hawaiian pizza. However, I had never seen this shelf stable package before. And for 3.99, that’s a bargain for something as delish as Canadian bacon!

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    • February 5, 2019 at 6:36 am
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      Hi Debbie, oh my gosh, where did you find the Canadian bacon that has a shelf life of 3 years??? I LOVE hearing this!! AND I love Hawaiian pizza! Love it! Linda

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  • February 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    My hubby and I have been baking bacon for a few years. Once we tried it, we have never gone back. The bacon crumbles better and has a nicer bite. I think I read somewhere that the fat renders out and makes it more crispy…. My fav!!! Our technique for cooking is foil to cover the cookie sheet, and then parchment to lay the bacon on. Yes it is a lot of waste, but virtually no clean up.

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    • February 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm
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      Hi Karilyn, that’s a great tip! I used to cover my cookie sheets with foil and bake my bacon. I never thought about the parchment paper! I LOVE it! Linda

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