My mother-in-law has some serious tricks up her sleeve and she is constantly inspiring me with new recipes in my kitchen, and just hacks that make life easier! One trick she taught me? Oven bacon.
If you haven’t made bacon in the oven than you aren’t living! haha. But seriously. It turns out absolutely fantastic, still frys in it’s own fat (very important) and the clean up is ten times easier! I haven’t ever posted this recipe because, well, it’s not really a recipe! But everytime I make it on my instagram stories, I get so many DMs asking me “hey, what temp and how long for the oven bacon again?” So I thought, I guess it needs it’s own place on the blog! For the record, I know I am certainly *not* the inventor of oven bacon. I am not sure where my lovely Mother-in-law got her original method from (and she can’t remember either) but it works like a charm.
The trick to oven bacon is to put it in a cold oven. Why you ask? Because, same with frying it stovetop, it will cook slow and steady which lends it to more evenly cooked, uncurled, perfect bacon. And, heck, it just reduces your overall cook time.
After you pop it in the *COLD* oven. It takes about 30 minutes; however, some bacon is thinner and cooks more quickly– so I recommend checking it around 20 minutes to see how close the bacon is to your desired doneness. Sometimes it needs to come out around 25 minutes depending on what style of bacon you are working with.
Whether it be a hectic morning just getting ready for work and getting the kids to school and you want an easier way to get bacon on the table, or you’re hosting brunch at your house and want to cook a *ton* of bacon, oven bacon is the way to go!
- 1 package bacon I like Applegate no-sugar bacon
- parchment paper
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line up bacon in a single layer, without overlapping.
- Place bacon in an un-preheated, COLD oven. Once your bacon is in the oven set your oven to 375 degrees F. Cook bacon until it is cooked to desired doneness, *20 to 30 minutes. The time starts right when you place it in the oven (not after it's preheated) and no need to flip! (*Cook time depends on how thick your bacon is. Mine is typically perfectly cooked at 30 minutes on the dot, but with thinner bacon i pull it around 25 minutes).
- Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain off excess fat. Enjoy!