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The Best Way to Cook Lots of Bacon

Updated on July 16, 2015

Easiest Way to Prepare Bacon for a Crowd!

Cooking bacon in the oven is absolutely the easiest way to prepare this very popular food. I freeze the leftovers in a "zipper"-type plastic bag!
Cooking bacon in the oven is absolutely the easiest way to prepare this very popular food. I freeze the leftovers in a "zipper"-type plastic bag! | Source

Bake Your Bacon In The Oven!

Do you Love bacon but not the popping grease? Well, I have discovered what I think is the best the best way to cook bacon and want to share this easy cooking method with you.

My bacon cooking method is also OH SO easy to clean up.

Really.

Cooking lots of bacon my way is also a time saver.

Really.

You will be glad you found this "bacon" page. Honestly.

The "how to" guide you see below for cooking bacon in the oven is printable so you can put a copy in your cookbook, if you want. OR feel free to bookmark this page so you can come back if you forget the steps.

The cooking bacon image here belongs to me, Mickie_G as are the other photos (unless I state otherwise). You may use them with my permission and with proper attribution, please.

Kitchen Tools to cook bacon the easy way: - Cook your bacon the easy way for sure!

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The products below have the qualities I would look for when buying a jelly roll pan and cooling rack: 1. Dishwasher safe 2. Non-warping 3. Cooks evenly.

Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Cookie/Jelly-Roll Pan Set with Cooling Rack, 17-Inch-by-12.25-Inch
Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick Cookie/Jelly-Roll Pan Set with Cooling Rack, 17-Inch-by-12.25-Inch

According to one reviewer, the pans do not warp! Pay attention to the dimensions of the pans before you order as you want to be sure that they will fit in you oven.

 
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OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Locking Tongs with Nylon Heads

I like to use tongs to remove thick sliced bacon from the pan. If the bacon is "thin sliced" a spatula is the better choice.

 
Bacon cooked in an oven
Bacon cooked in an oven | Source

How to cook bacon in the oven: - I prefer thick sliced bacon.

Below you will find printable "how to" instructions for cooking bacon in the oven.

Remember to start with a "cold" oven. No need to preheat.

Thick bacon cooks slower than thin sliced bacon.

Scroll down to see the difference between bacon slices that were/were not dredged in cornmeal before they were cooked.

Have fun, but remember that bacon grease is hot. Handle the pan with care when removing it from the oven.

Time required: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Materials:

  • Bacon
  • Cornmeal (optional)

Tools:

  • Rack
  • Jelly Roll Pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitt

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Instructions:

1. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and put the rack in the pan. Spray the rack with a spray oil product (like Pam).

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2. Lay your bacon on the rack. It is ok if the strips of bacon touch.

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3. Put the pan in a COLD oven set on 400 or 425 degrees. Bake for 18-25 minutes. If the bacon is not as crisp as you like, leave it in the oven but WATCH it carefully as it tends to brown quickly at this point. I have cooked more than one pan of bacon at a time. I have an oven that has a convection setting and that works very well. If you do not have a convection oven, that is ok; you might want to consider swapping the pans to a different oven rack at the 18 minute mark.

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4. Optional: if you coat the raw bacon in cornmeal before you put it on the pan to cook, the slices will not shrink as much. The 2 slices of cooked bacon on the left are coated, the 2 slices of bacon on the right are not.

5. Put your cooled, cooked bacon in a zipper type plastic bag to store in the freezer. I reheat my bacon either in the microwave oven or in a skillet on top of the stove.

A List: How This Bacon Cooking Method Saves You Time?

1. Cooked bacon freezes very well! Cook an entire package and freeze the leftovers in a baggie. You can thaw the bacon to room temp or you can heat the frozen, cooked bacon in a skillet or the microwave.

2. No fuss cleaning. Just throw away the aluminum foil!

3. My own stove top skillet only holds 4 thick slices at one time. Depending on the size of your pan or oven, you can cook any # of slices at the same time. I use the "convection" setting on my own oven when I have two (or more) pans in the oven.

Please rate my method for cooking bacon in the oven:

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Another Bacon Cooking Tip:

Oven temps can vary. The bacon will cook very quickly during the last few minutes in the oven. Keep an eye on the slices during these last minutes or your bacon may burn.

What your grandmother probably did with all that bacon fat!

What your grandmother probably did with all that bacon fat!
What your grandmother probably did with all that bacon fat! | Source

Have you ever cooked bacon in your oven? What do you think of my method? Remember, it is only my opinion that cooking bacon in the oven is the best and easiest way. Your opinion does count, too. I enjoy hearing from and learning tips from my readers, so please do not be shy.

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How long does this method for cooking bacon in the oven take?

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: depends on how much bacon your pan holds!

How do you cook bacon? - Anyone can "chew the fat"!

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      SamanthaHaupt 3 years ago

      I've never tried cooking bacon in my oven, but you made it look delicious. I think I may try it someday soon :)

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      WordChipper 3 years ago

      A friend of mine often boils bacon until the water disappears. It's surprisingly good.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Sorry but, as a cook, I have to disagree with this idea. There is something primal and intoxicating about bacon fat that makes it an irresistible part of any bacon related dish, and doing it your way would ruin that, I feel. Just my opinion, of course!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love the cornmeal tip!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @kepezzo: Glad you are going to try this method for cooking bacon. I think you will be glad you did.

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      kepezzo 4 years ago

      Your ideas will be tried this weekend......the idea of flour and cornmeal on bacon before baking looks interesting....hmmm...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great way to cook bacon! Thank you for sharing it!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @socialcx1: No, remember you use a cold oven to start.

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Learnt a lot here so thanks. Now to warm up the oven and give it a try.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @jknake lm: The bacon does splatter in the oven, just not as much. My oven has a cleaning cycle that comes in handy.

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      jknake lm 4 years ago

      My daughter-in-law fixes it this way. Doesn't it splatter all over the inside of the oven? I usually use my George Foreman grill and do a pound at a time. Put it in the freezer .

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      This is worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      My sunday breakfast is eggs, bacon, beans and coffee. This sunday the bacon's going to be made differently . looking forward to it . Cheers .

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      I'm definitely going to try this. I generally use my counter-top grill for both bacon and sausage since I can remove the griddle pieces and soak them in the sink....and then scrub...and scrub... Still have to deal with hot steam and grease piling up in the warped plastic grease tray. Thanks for the info!

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the tips. I would try your suggestions.

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      I love well prepared bacon! Thanks for the tips!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @KerryVor: I have used a cold and a preheated oven to cook bacon with success.

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      Kerry Voronoff 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Yes I have cooked bacon in the oven and it came out great. I used a preheated oven but I will try your way next time.

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      RetireAt57 4 years ago

      Great bacon ideas. Love the lens

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      I like the flour dredging tip! Thanks!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @strategylab: Wow! An idea I have not tried. Thank you!

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      Jeph Maystruck 4 years ago from Regina, SK

      You ever crack pepper on bacon when cooking in the oven?!? DELISH!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Interesting way to cook bacon. I shall give it a try. Thank you

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      jvcronje 4 years ago

      I just love bacon and use it as many times as possible. I like them "well-done".

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Low and slow - that's my best method. Less grease to contend with in unwanted places!

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      lorenrodgers5 4 years ago

      I have tried multiple ways to cook bacon,, single slices, and just throwing them all in the skilltet and hoping for the best. :) I am going to try this way!

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      I just put mine on my George Foreman grill and it's ready in no time. Maybe I should try selling the fat collected in the drip tray back to my butcher? Definitely going to try that sometime. ;O)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      re: What your grandmother probably did with that bacon fat. My grandmother saved it and used it for sauting onions and peppers and making hash browns

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I cook bacon a similar way, but do appreciate the flour tip - I don't do that, but can definitely see the benefits. Love your pragmatic approach regarding the extra calories!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I cook it in an iron pan. I will try the baking method, and dredging too. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea, and so much easier than having to keep turning it over under a grill.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @Protasker: Who cares? If you are eating bacon, the calories in the flour should not matter. I just don't think about it.

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      I love bacon! Great lens, wondering though, would the flour add extra calories?

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      Spokanewebdesig1 5 years ago

      loving this bacon lens, gonna try this method in the oven tomorrow!

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      I have been cooking bacon in the oven for years. Never tried dredging it in flour however, I will have to try that.

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      pawmountain66 5 years ago

      oh that's making me hungry now cool tips

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      achivevery 5 years ago

      i have to say that it is a great tip supported by a great photo of cooked bacons.

      we can clearly see the difference

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      LadiiWallk 5 years ago

      bacon in the oven is cool, but it is nothing like a black cast iron frying pan.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Mmm I love bacon and usually grilll it so that the fats seep away.

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      InnovativeToys 5 years ago

      Outstanding! Gotta try cooking bacon this way!

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      djh4yla 5 years ago

      Yum bacon! not so unhealthy if you eat small portions.

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      eduguy1 5 years ago

      I love bacon.

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      jmchaconne 5 years ago

      I've never tried this method, but I will now, thanks to your great lens! Thank you for your visit to Until I Find you, glad you found me!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      I usually either half cook it in a frying pan, freeze it, then use the microwave for a few slices as a time for the meal or fry it til done and eat it. I have to say, that frying bacon the whole way and eating while it is hot is the best tasting bacon ever but it is time consuming and messy. Therefore, I loved your idea of making it in the oven so today I did. I don't have a pan with a rack like you so I used my broiler pan that came with the oven. I put foil on the bottom, put the top on, put foil on it and slit the slits open with a knife. It took twice as long to make as yours -- about 35 minutes -- however, it was delicious and it allowed me to work on the computer while it cooked. I can't thank you enough for the idea. Next, I'll try dregging it in flour. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      LOL, bacon leftovers NEVER. They would never make it into the freezer. I would have to cook the entire pig. Never thought of doing it in the oven. This was a great lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      I love, love, love bacon and so do my cats. Almost all of them go bonkers when I cook it. It's a chore to keep them from climbing my legs to get to it. lol So, using your oven method may just be the answer I needed. I'll definitely try it out. Thanks for sharing. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      yoman125 5 years ago

      Wow. This is really a nice way to cook a bacon! Nice tips! Will try the tips!

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      Larry50 LM 5 years ago

      We use to cook bacon in the oven at the restaurant but typically use a bacon press at home unless I'm making a large amount at one time

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      I love bacon and these really cool cooking tips are great, Thanks for sharing. :)

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      eileen-b-garber 5 years ago

      I bake my bacon in the oven too. Comes out perfect every time. I can cook such a large quantity at one time which comes in handy when having company over. Great post!

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      mary-gudzenovs 5 years ago

      Hi Mickie_G. I'd never thought of baking bacon before. Love bacon! Will definitely give it a go. Especially like the idea of bulk cooking and freezing it. Thanks for the idea.

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      Satdin 5 years ago

      Nice informative lens.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Cooking bacon in the oven is the only way to go....but you do a few things that I will have to try the next time I cook some. Thanks for this lens!

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      craftaproject 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips...

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      HalloweenRecipes 5 years ago

      Your bacon looks delish, brown and crispy, just the way I like it.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I always bake my bacon, but never tried dredging it in flour or cornmeal...of course, I like it really crispy and slightly burned so....

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      zillermil 5 years ago

      Fantastic, I'm going to try this!

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      I have cooked bacon this way but didn't use the foil nor the rack...great tips and yes it really does work great for a crowd or do ahead to freeze. Great lens!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      sounds like a healthy alternative ... may give this a try :)

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      BillMatthewsOutdoors 5 years ago

      Great Idea! i will try this.

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I will definitely try this one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      I love bacon! Nice lens! ;)

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      Ok, now I'm REALLY hungry, thank you :))

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @jwcooney: Thanks to everyone who has embraced this way to cook bacon! I have only one tip that must be remembered: use aluminum foil to line the pan!

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @ferginarg lm: Whoa, I had no idea. I am glad, however, that you do get to go on holidays and enjoy the local cuisine! Maybe bacon should be designated as our national breakfast food. It probably shouldn't be given such an honor because bacon can be so bad for one if eaten excessively. Bacon can be addictive.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      So simple yet I bet most people are like me and have not even tried to cook bacon in the oven! Brilliant suggestion - thank you!

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      ferginarg lm 5 years ago

      I would give your method a try but I live in Argentina and the bacon here is non existent to terrible, It's one of the first things I eat when I manage to go on holiday to the US! :-)

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      thinkmodular 5 years ago

      I'm gonna try this on making my Epic Mealtime Breakfast :D

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Interesting, I must try out this method of cooking bacon! I usually pan fry bacon which ends up being a long process that's also quite messy. Looking forward to trying out this way!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think this is one of the best ways to cook bacon that I have heard of. Great lens!

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      StevenL57 5 years ago

      I've been using a lot of bacon on the grill, to wrap things in. I'll have to try the dredging tip with that.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just recently learned to cook bacon in the oven! I love it cooked that way. It doesn't shrivel up and taste fantastic! Never fry again! Great Lens!

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      lunagaze 5 years ago

      Bacon always and I mean always makes everything taste better, great lens

      thanks for sharing

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      This bacon recipe is absolutely awesome and the bason images you post in your lens looks delicious and fabulous! I will try to make it tonight.. I hope my family like it!.. Great hub thanks for sharing..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Have shared this with my colleague who is a baconmeister but had not heard of this way of cooking it. Many thanks for making his day (he actually stopped ragging me long enough to read it!)

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      AJTivol 5 years ago

      This is the way I cook bacon and it is great! I haven't tried dredging with flour but that sounds like what I'm going to try next. Thanks so much for your article.

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      thomanna 5 years ago

      MMMMmmmm.....bacon.

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      girlfriendfactory 5 years ago

      What an awesome way to cook bacon! I can't wait to try! This definitely deserves a Flyby Winging and it can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless More!

      They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this helpful masterpiece. ~Ren

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bacon is meat candy!

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      AutumnCoffee 5 years ago

      NOM NOM NOM BACOOOOOOOOON!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      ah bacon, love bacon rolls..thanks for sharing this, gonna use the freeze tips

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Loved your intro and creative way of cooking bacon. Nicely presented, too! :)

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      I never put my bacon on oven before but I will definitely try it next time..Cheers

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      Socialcard 5 years ago

      wow..this is different! Gotta cook bacon using this method!

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Love bacon. Will have to try this way of cooking it. Sounds like a good idea.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      I grill my bacon but will try this method , thanks for sharing !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to share this lens with my colleague Jon, whose breakfast diet appears to have consisted almost entirely of bacon butties since he befriended the works restaurant staff within a month of joining! He will love this!

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      shantytom 5 years ago

      I'm definitely going to try this! When I make bacon it always ends up burnt!

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      Alexis_Green 5 years ago

      It looks like very delicious! Nice Lens!

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      I have cooked baco n in the oven and I have to say that it is OK but nowhere near as nice as cooking it on the BBQ. I love a "charcoal" flavouring on my bacon.

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      grflgrfl 5 years ago

      You can count on this lensviewer trying some of these tricks. I love bacon. Hate cooking it!

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Patricia Meadows 5 years ago

      I sometimes cook bacon this way, but I never heard of dredging it in flour. Thanks for the photo showing the proof. Will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks and liked.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      @captainj88: This idea for bacon sounds just too good to resist. Will try it very soon as I have a whole pound of bacon in the fridge that is begging to be cooked.

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      jacinto888 5 years ago

      Some new tips i will have to try, nice lens thanks for sharing!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I have baked bacon that was first packed in brown sugar and baked. When it is cooled, break it into bite-sized pieces and serve as a party appetizer. Call it "Pig Candy"! I got the idea from my friend Alyssa. She brought it to a work party and it was sweet, salty and crunchy :)

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      I loooove bacon. Great way to cook it.

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      Mike Best 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I've been using this method for years, but I never knew about the flour. Thanks for sharing a great way to cook bacon and for teaching me something new.

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      zsimpon 5 years ago

      Nice article. Gives me cravings lol

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great article! I used to cook bacon in the oven and I would dredge it in flour. I cooked mine on broil though. I like your method better! :)