Spare a few minutes to learn how to cook bacon in the oven following 4 simple steps. You will also get a glimpse of using, storing, & disposing of bacon grease.
1. Benefits When Cooking Bacon in the Oven
It’s super convenient and easy as the bacon strips don’t need to be watched carefully or flipped.
Extremely yummy evenly cooked bacon strips with no curling. Oven-baking yields a perfectly crisp result without any burnt or white fatty portions.
It’s a tidy cooking method, unlike the stove-top where the grease splatters all over. Also, no dirty pan to clean when using a lined baking sheet.
A brilliant way to cook large batches of bacon at one go, saving ample time and energy.
A quick way to prepare crunchy bacon slices while allowing you to reserve plenty of bacon grease.
2. How To Cook Bacon in the Oven
- 10-12 bacon strips
- Parchment paper
- Paper towels
Step 1: Set oven for preheating at 400° F.
Step 2: Meanwhile, ready a baking sheet by lining it with foil/parchment paper. Place the bacon strips side by side without overlapping.
Step 3: Put the baking sheet in the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 14-20 minutes until they shrivel and turn golden brownish.
Step 4: Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Immediately transfer the bacon (using tongs) to a dish lined with paper towels.
Enjoy the crisp oven-baked right away!
Baking time will vary depending on bacon strip thickness. Start checking for doneness after 10 minutes of cook time for thin strips. While thick-cut bacon strips can take up to 25-30 minutes.
Those who prefer crisp bacon edges with chewy centers should cook the super-thin bacon strips at 375° F.
Never leave the baked bacon on the rack or baking sheet as they will continue cooking and get burnt.
Baking the bacon strips on a wire rack doesn’t give the same crispy result as the bacon grease drips off. Those who prefer less greasy bacon with a chewy texture can opt for this method. Just remember to line a tray with an aluminum sheet and place it on the lower rack to catch the grease drippings.
For a caramelized or sweet flavor, you may sprinkle some brown sugar or drizzle maple syrup on top of the bacon strips before baking. For a hint of spicy taste, crushed black pepper works great.
3. What to do with Bacon Grease
Bacon grease can be used in place of oil/butter in a variety of dishes to add a rich flavor. It is completely safe to cook with bacon grease owing to its high smoke feature. You can use it to fry veggies, prepare eggs, or braise meat. It tastes delicious in pasta salad and creamed corn!
How to Store Bacon Grease?
Place a fine-mesh sieve on top of a glass jar. Line the sieve with a cheesecloth/ paper towel. Then, pour the bacon grease (left on the baking sheet after removing the baked bacon strips) through the lined sieve. Collect the grease on the jar, store it in the kitchen top, and use it as desired.
How to Dispose of Bacon Grease?
Line a cup with a heavy-duty aluminum sheet. Let the bacon grease cool for 15-30 minutes, and then slowly pour it on the foil-lined cup. Keep it aside till it cools completely (about 1-2 hours) and hardens. Finally, remove the foil sheet containing the thick bacon grease, wrap it neatly, and dump it in the bin.
Never dump bacon grease on the kitchen sink, as it will thicken as it cools and clog the drainage pipe!
4. Some Recipes With Oven Baked Bacon
The crisp bacon tastes delicious when stuffed in sandwiches or wraps! You can crumble it up and toss it in your scrambled eggs or salads. Crunchy oven-baked bacon bits are excellent toppings for casseroles, mashes, potatoes, pizza, and pasta dishes!
Now, you know how to cook bacon in the oven. If you are still not confident, reread it once. Good luck