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The Best Way to Cook Bacon

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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Why you should bake your bacon.

Bacon from Food52

No, we're not trying to deprive you of one of life's greatest pleasures: cooking bacon in a hot cast iron skillet, watching it curl into crimped little ribbons, smelling it waft up in fierce, meaty clouds, hearing it sputter and stutter like a seventh grade boy asking a girl to the movies.

We are trying to help you cook bacon better.

Because as glorious as cooking bacon on the stove can be, it's also a mess. There is grease all over the kitchen, and all over you. And because a pan is only so big, making a heaping plate of bacon is something that takes a while -- and will leave you smelling like a high-end dog toy.

Instead, you should bake your bacon.

Bacon from Food52

Heat your oven to 400° F. Put your slices of bacon on a baking sheet -- as many as you'd like, just make sure they fit into one layer -- and slide it into the oven. The bacon will sizzle in its own rendered fat, cooking it evenly. And fifteen minutes or so later, you will have those perfect little ribbons -- with minimal cleanup.

Bonus points: Carefully pour the hot bacon fat into a jar, and store it in the fridge. Use as you would lard or butter. 

What's your favorite way to cook bacon? Let us know in the comments! 

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Tags: bacon, how-to & diy, breakfast

Comments (509)


about 6 hours ago DannyGe

I agree with Jean's comment. Just set your Panini Maker at maximum heat, lay your bacon slices on and close the lid. Watch it closely because the bacon will be grilled and ready, nice and crispy in about 3 minutes (browned on both sides and the fat will drip without any splashing in the Panini's container


6 days ago Tom Haman

NO!!!! The ABSOLUTELY BEST way to cook bacon is this: PreHeat oven to 375 degrees. Cover large cookie sheet pan with sheet of parchment paper, overlapping slightly. Place wire rack onto pan. Cover with bacon. Place in oven and set timer for 37 minutes. @ 14 remaining, flip bacon. PERFECT! Drain off bacon grease for later use or allow to cool to solid and throw it AND paper away. No mess!


7 days ago Dave

Ooops sorry meant to say lace the bacon strips like the video for a sandwich


6 days ago chris

That's a brilliant way to cook bacon. Thanks for sharing.


7 days ago Mary Ann Waxler

Why does everyone refer to aluminum foil as "tin" foil?
Tin foil is made wih tin, is stiff, exprnsive and leaves a weird taste on food wrapped in it. Aluminum m foil is the stuff you buy at the grocery store, is much cheaper than tin foil. Cigarette packages used to be lined with tin foil until World War II.
I know, you're thinking "who cares?". For some reason it bothers me . Humor an old lady and correct your ways!
Grandma W.


7 days ago Heather T.

Save the drippings for popcorn! There is nothing quite like popcorn popped in bacon fat. It turns out crispier, and of course has that awesome smokey bacon flavor.


7 days ago Bob

When baking bacon I use aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Sometimes I also sprinkle a little brown sugar on the bacon, drizzle a little maple syrup, or add a little maple bourbon.


8 days ago Jan

I prepare bacon between paper towels in the microwave. Comes out flat, brown and no grease. Prepare table and eggs while it cooks. No mess.


about 1 hour ago Magnus Thunderson

I pass as i found a microwave food to simply not my standards which is why i no longer own one and do not miss it at all


9 days ago Kiki

I enjoy the occasional bacon treat but by the time I finished reading some of these and Alan's pork belly sandwich recipe I gained about 10#s of body fat in my mind. God, no wonder this country's obese! My favorite gross our was 10# of bacon on a turkey. Deliverance?


13 days ago Jean

My grandma's bacon was always different than anyones when I was growing up. Later in life I saw a man buy a package of sliced salt pork and he dipped it in flour and then fried it in the skillet. Seeing the results of that I tried shaking my bacon in a plastic bag of flour and shake off the excess. Just add a slight coating to the bacon and is really good. I fry my bacon on my George Foreman grill and the grease drains down into the little trough you set under the grill to catch it. I would think the oven would soon be a mess cooking bacon in it abd I "hate" to clean the oven!!!


about 1 hour ago Magnus Thunderson

god bless self cleaning ovens


16 days ago Kimberly Mcdonald-Spires

It doesn't splatter in oven and doesn't burn as long as you watch it. .


17 days ago Rexene Olson

Good idea, will try!


17 days ago Rosalie Cummings

Try sprinkling a small amount of chili powder on the bacon before baking. Another is chili powder and brown sugar. Delicious.


19 days ago Gary Giles

One additional step will make this even more desirable. Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil and clean up is just to remove and discard in the trash. You can even capture the grease in it if you don't save it.


19 days ago Marilyn Z

Definitely the oven. While it is cooking, I can get the eggs and toast going. We recently had visitors from New Zealand and they had never had OUR type of bacon and were definite converts. Very different from Canadian bacon they are used to.


19 days ago Patty

I have been cooking my bacon in the over for ages (hate clean up for sure) but I also use aluminum foil - this decreases the clean up time to just letting the grease cool, wrap up and toss....perfect :)


20 days ago Alfredo

I sort do the same but I do mine in a skillet but put te cover on it and leave it on till I turn it then After it;s cook niceand straight and as crunchy as you want it


20 days ago Kim Thompson

My mom showed me how to cook bacon like this years ago. One thing that I do to make clean-up much, much quicker...make sure to spray the baling sheet really good with Pam (vegetable cooking spray), if you don't and don't line with foil, the pan is very hard to clean. We've even left it soaking for hours and still hard to clean. The Pam makes it a breeze!


20 days ago Rexene Olson

It's a good idea even if you do line your pan! Merry Christmas!!


22 days ago sue

After recently come back from Canada we loved the way they cooked bacon however haven't been able to master it back here in Australia. There's was very sweet, crunchy and sticky and very moreish (if that is a word). Does anyone know how they cook it as i would love to try and do it at home?


14 days ago Mary

It sounds like some recipes I have read that called for 1/2 cup of brown sugar in a shallow bowl or plate; press bacon into it to coat. Some recipes called for adding a bit of cracked black pepper, or even cayenne (hot) pepper. (That doesn't appeal to me) Then bake in the oven at 375 F to 400 F for 15 to 29 minutes or until as crispy as you like. If you don't have the soft brown sugar like in the US, I would use Demarara or other brown raw sugar. Good Luck.


23 days ago Dyann Brandow Butcher

I use the broiler pan so the grease go's in the bottom.