|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 pound (8 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||26%|
|Total Carbohydrate 0g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||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.|
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.
- 1 pound bacon (preferably thick-sliced)
Heat the oven to 375 F.
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.
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.
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
- As all bacon lovers know, bacon isn't just for breakfast—it can be used to flavor many dishes, from beef stews and salads to chicken casseroles and pizza. Or you might layer bacon on a sandwich or panini or make a delicious savory bacon jam. And don't forget the bacon drippings! Use the drippings to fry eggs or sauté vegetables, or use them to make a tasty salad dressing.
- 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.
- 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.