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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

The oven serves as one of the easiest and perfect ways to cook a piece of crispy bacon over the stovetop method. It is stress and mess-free, unlike the stovetop method that leaves hotspots on the pan.

To rid you of the hassle of dodging splattering grease during baking let’s take a look at how to cook Bacon using the oven.

Baking a piece of bacon with an oven has 2 methods which you can follow. You can choose to cook the bacon directly on the baking sheet lined on the pan or you can choose to bake it on a cooling rack kept on the pan.

  1. Place a rack in the oven, preferably in the middle. Heat the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a baking sheet with aluminum foil, making sure it is overlapping on all sides. If you choose to use a cooling rack, do not use ones that have a non-sticking coating, instead apply a non-stick cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  2. Carefully arrange the bacon. Make sure that it is in a single layer with none overlapping on each other to avoid sticking during baking.
  3. Close the oven and allow it to bake. This will take about 14-18 minutes to bake (start checking after 15 minutes), depending on how thick the bacon is. Bake the cake until the Bacon takes a golden brown color and crispy. The oven is one of the best ways due to the fact that the bacon cooks evenly, unlike the popular stovetop that heats some slices faster than the others, leaving some undercooked.
  4. Place paper towels on a plate, using tongs, place the hot bacon on the paper towels, allow the grease to drain from the bacon.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. It can be served with eggs (fried or boiled) or pancakes

NB: the drained grease can be stored and used to cook eggs or popcorn later on.

Advantages of preparing Bacon with an oven

  1. Cooking with an oven is a clean practice. Cooking bacon using an oven prevents splattering of grease and also prevents hot spots marks in the pan. With the oven, you have less to clean.
  2. If you are planning on baking lots of Bacons, then using an oven is the best option. The oven has more than enough room to fit a good amount of Bacon without stacking them on each other and leading to sticking.
  3. Well, of course, Bacon won’t be the only thing you will be preparing. Using the oven gives you free time to comfortably go about your business in the kitchen until the bacon is ready.
  4. Due to the fact that the oven does now allow the pan to form hot spots, the bacon tends to cook evenly with an oven.no charcoaled or white parts left after baking.
  5. Baked Bacon does not form a curl after baking, unlike the stovetop method.

Materials needed to bake a Bacon;

  • Paper towels
  • Foil (Aluminium foil)
  • Cooling rack
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven