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How to Cook Perfect Bacon in The Oven

Delicious perfect bacon is hard to beat for breakfast but it can be so time-consuming to cook enough bacon to feed a family.  I can remember when I’d be stuck in the kitchen for what seemed like an hour cooking enough bacon to feed all my family.  Then I had a flashback to the late 1980’s and the way my mom used to cook bacon in the oven for the cafeteria she ran.  She’d cook the bacon in the oven until it was a little more than half way done and then she’d pull it.  When someone ordered bacon, the fry cook would finish cooking the bacon on the commercial stove top.  Genius huh?  This is also how I cook bacon for my Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon recipe.

Benefits of Cooking Bacon in The Oven

  • 10-12 slices all done at the same time.
  • Easy cleanup, no spattered bacon grease.
  • No flipping bacon!
  • How to cook perfect bacon for a crowd?  Use two oven sheets at the same time!  Cook 20-14 slices at once!
  • Perfectly cooked bacon, every time!

How to Cook Perfect Bacon in The Oven

Perfect Bacon In the Oven

  • Bacon oven temp 375 degrees.
  • Use a sheet pan with sides to catch the bacon grease.
  • If your pan isn’t non-stick, you may want to line it with foil for easy cleanup.
  • Go ahead and crowd your bacon together, it’ll shrink as it cooks.
  • Cooking times vary.  Keep in mind cooking time will vary depending on the a number of things including – Thickness of bacon, and the heat of your oven.
  • The first batch of bacon will take a little longer than subsequent batches because the pan in cold, and the bacon doesn’t start out cooking in some bacon grease.
  • Thick bacon will take about 17 minutes to cook, subsequent batches will take about 16 minutes.
  • Regular cut bacon will take about 10-15 minutes, the second batch will take less time.
  • If this is your first time cooking perfect bacon in the oven, check your bacon progress, don’t assume your bacon is as thick or thin as mine.

Perfect Bacon To Flip or Not to Flip?

When we started cooking bacon in the oven we always flipped the bacon after about 12 minutes.  Then by accident, we forgot to flip the bacon and we found it really didn’t make any difference if we flipped the bacon or not.  We are no longer bacon flippers.

Scrambled Eggs with Chili Beans & Cheese and Perfect Bacon

I woke up this morning to this breakfast my husband made for me.  I love this breakfast, so do all four of my kids.  Scrambled eggs topped with warmed up chili beans and cheese.  My Aunt Anita used to make a variation of this breakfast back in the early 1980’s for me and my cousins whenever we’d spend the night at her house.  I think she’d make a regular egg omelet and then topped it with a warmed up can of chili beans.  We use Hormel Chili with Beans.

Scrambled Eggs with Chili Beans


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Shiwam

Monday 25th of January 2016

I like the slower cook method in the oven that renders more fat from the bacon. I will try the parchment and flat pan on top method next. It's important to me to drain the bacon after cooking and remove as much fat dripping as possible while still hot, so that it doesn't break as it cools

ShellyB

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Interesting. What temperature are you cooking bacon at?

When cooking bacon in the oven, I have never had to hold the bacon down with another pan, the bacon doesn't curl in the oven like it does on the stovetop. Maybe you are cooking really thin bacon? I remove the bacon from the grease when it is done and haven't had any problems with the bacon breaking. Maybe you are cooking your bacon too long?

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Marian Allen

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

OMG, that chili bean omelet looks good! ~grabby hands~

When a couple fellow writers and I went on a writing retreat together, we got bacon, and the other writers turned me on to cooking it in the oven. SO GOOD!

ShellyB

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

Cooking bacon in the oven really is the way to go! This bacon cooking method is especially wonderful when cooking for a bunch of people.

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