Learn your options for great oven baked bacon. Easy step by step photo instructions to cook bacon in the oven. Nothing is better than great bacon.
I initially though the taste would be different if oven baked. Nope, it tastes the same.
A five. How could great bacon be anything else?
What oven temperature to use to bake bacon?
While I wrote this as 400 degrees convection, I have used as low as 375 conventional to 425 convection. Why? I use the temperature recommended for what else I’m cooking at the time: a coffee cake, an oven-baked pancake, etc. I believe even 350 would be ok. Of course, adjust your time a little. Remember it is done when it looks done.
You can also start with a cold oven and add a few minutes
What type of bacon to use?
I used thick sliced Hormel Black Label bacon from Sam’s Club. I highly recommend this as one of the top bacon commonly available. But this will work with the bacon of your choice.
Your done point is that it “looks done”. Don’t expect it to look different from pan-fried. I like my bacon very crispy, so I use 18-22 minutes depending on the oven and the bacon.
A thinner bacon will cook faster and does tend to stick more so parchment paper may be preferred.
Variations in methods
To use a rack or not. Many feel it will make the bacon crisper. I don’t seem to have that problem, so I don’t use a rack. They are a pain to clean.
Foil vs. parchment paper. Parchment paper will be less likely to stick. Another problem I don’t have. I like the foil since it will contain the fat and make cleanup a breeze. As I have already said, thinner bacon tends to stick more to me and parchment paper is probably preferred for thinner bacon.
Some methods “wrinkled” the aluminum foil to get more wave in the bacon. I tried both methods, and I will stay “flat” since it still had some wave in it.
For comparison of several of these methods, please check The Pioneer Woman .
Preheat oven to 400 degrees convection. Or start with a cold oven and add a few minutes.
Line a sheet pan with a large sheet of aluminum foil (heavy-duty preferred) and turn up edges. Place bacon on sheet close together but not touching. (9-10 pieces).
Place in the middle of the oven for 18 minutes and come back. Time will vary with the thickness of the bacon and your taste. It is done when it looks done. I like my bacon very crispy, so I use 20-22 minutes with thick bacon.
Drain on paper towels.
July 10, 2016