The Best Way to Cook Lots of Bacon
Easiest Way to Prepare Bacon for a Crowd!
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.
Cooking lots of bacon my way is also a time saver.
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!
My jelly roll pan is not top quality. It warps and has rust spots. I spent less than $15 for it, but it looked good when I purchased it. If I could do it all over again, I would spend more and buy a better pan. I already had the racks, too. My cooling racks have held up for years! Easily washed in the dishwasher, too.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Cornmeal (optional)
- Jelly Roll Pan
- Aluminum foil
- Oven mitt
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).
2. Lay your bacon on the rack. It is ok if the strips of bacon touch.
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.
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:
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!
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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