How to Cook Bacon in the Oven? How Long?

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven? How Long?

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The essential step-by-step guide to cooking bacon in the oven. Two simple baking methods can be used for chewy or friable bacon with delicious results.

This recipe is for all the bacon lovers in the world. Whether you enjoy a thick texture, chewy or a lighter, sharper parts, this step-by-step guide on how to cook the bacon in the oven will be your resource to go. I have been using this method for years, resulting in perfectly cooked bacon every time.

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven? How Long?
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven? How Long?

When baking bacon, there are two ways to cook it, directly in the baking pan or on a shelf. The differences are subtle, but connoisseurs will appreciate the changes in texture. Learn my tips for making golden bacon and crunchy lots so you can feed a crowd or food preparation for the week.

 

How long to cook bacon in an oven

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins

 

How to cook bacon in the oven

The first thing to decide is what kind of bacon to roast. There are many types and sizes available, uncured, cured, hickory smoked, applewood, and the coarse, selections are endless. To me, it boils down to taste and crispess factor. The thinnest the most crunchy, but also more delicate bacon. The thickness will also affect the time it takes to prepare.

Use this recipe as a basic guideline and keep a close eye on how long your favorite bacon takes to achieve a golden brown color and desired texture. My choice bacon is natural, smoked, uncured bacon that is thick regular (not thin or coarse). For me, it gives only the right balance of chewy center, fragile edges, and salty flavor.

Now that’s where it gets exciting. There are two methods for cooking bacon in the oven, directly on the baking sheet or on top of a cooling shelf resting in the frying pan. How to choose? No matter what the bacon will prove incredible, but here’s what you can see.

The essential step-by-step guide for cooking bacon in the oven. Two simple baking methods can be used for chewy or friable bacon with delicious results.

 

Instructions

Chewy bacon

  1. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 ° F (191 º C).
  2. Align a large leaf tray with a sheet.
  3. Put the bacon in the frying pan making sure they don’t overlap.
  4. Bake the bacon for 15 minutes. Remove the oven tray and use tongs to turn the bacon.
  5. Bake until the bacon is fully cooked, about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel tray lined to absorb excess fat.
  7. Eat immediately or once cooled, a transfer for a cool, refreshable plastic bag for up to a week.

Crispy bacon

  1. Align a baking sheet. Place a baking rack on top.
  2. Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 ° F (191 º C).
  3. Place the bacon in the baking basket, making sure that they do not overlap.
  4. Bake the bacon for 15 minutes. Remove the oven tray and use tongs to turn the bacon.
  5. Bake until bacon is fully cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel tray lined to absorb excess fat.
  7. Eat immediately or once cooled, the transfer for a cool, refreshable plastic bag for up to a week.

 

Notes

  • The bacon can be refrigerated in a resaltable bag for up to 1 week.
  • Individual slices of cooked bacon can be wrapped in paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds to reheat.

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