Easy Baked Bacon

Baked bacon

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 33 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 28 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Yield: 1 pound
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
207 Calories
16g Fat
0g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 662mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 15g
Calcium 4mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The oven is the best way to cook perfectly golden brown, crisp bacon. There's also no stovetop splatter or burnt-on mess on utensils and pans, and you won't be burned in the process! Another plus, it needs no attention or turning; the strips of bacon come out of the oven perfectly browned and flat.

All you have to do is line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack in it. Or spray the foil with nonstick spray (or use nonstick foil) and arrange the bacon in a single layer right on the foil. Let the oven do the work while you go about other tasks.

You can even add flavor to the bacon. Sprinkle the strips of bacon lightly with freshly ground or cracked black pepper, some brown sugar, or a drizzling of maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon (preferably thick-sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.

  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet or two jelly roll pans with foil.  Place a cooling rack in the pan and arrange the bacon on the rack. If you don't have a rack that will fit in the pan, spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray and arrange the bacon on the foil.

  3. Bake the bacon for about 26 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is nicely browned and crisp. Thin strips of bacon will take less time than thick strips. When you begin to smell the bacon, start watching. 

  4. Transfer the bacon strips to paper towels to drain.

How to Store

  • Wrap and refrigerate leftover bacon for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze well-wrapped leftover cooked bacon for up to 1 month.

How to Use Bacon

Tips

  • Like any fat, bacon grease will go bad at some point. To store bacon fat, let it cool to room temperature and then strain it through cheesecloth or a fine metal sieve to remove any solid bits. Pour it into a jar or container and cover it tightly with a lid. Depending on how frequently you use it, bacon grease may be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months, in the refrigerator for up to a year, or in the freezer for much longer storage. When you scoop it out of the container, always use a clean spoon to avoid any cross-contamination.

Recipe Variations

  • Maple-Glazed Bacon: Bake the bacon following the recipe above, but after about 20 minutes, brush it with pure maple syrup. Continue to bake the bacon for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until it is browned.
  • Brown Sugar Bacon: Arrange the bacon on a rack in the foil-lined pan. Sprinkle the strips with brown sugar and bake as directed, until brown and sticky.
  • Honey and Bourbon Glazed Bacon: In a saucepan, combine 4 tablespoons of honey with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Bourbon. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Let it cool slightly. Bake the bacon as directed for 20 minutes and then brush with the honey and bourbon mixture. Continue to bake for about 5 minutes, or until brown.