When you learn how to bake bacon in the oven, and you realize just how easy this process is…you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner! SERIOUSLY.
No grease anywhere. Super simple clean up. Sign me up.
My family loves bacon…I mean really loves bacon.
I used to joke that if it weren’t for bacon, I’d be a vegetarian. Because I’m not super crazy about any other meat. But bacon…. I’ll take another slice, please!
We have been making oven bacon forever when I realized I haven’t shared my oven bacon technique with you.
So here’s how to bake bacon in the oven so it’s extra crispy and delicious.
As a bonus, I’ll show you how to get crispy bacon in the oven using parchment paper because it becomes easy to clean up.
That’s how to make oven-baked bacon so it’s less messy than fried. And since it’s baked and not fried, it must be better for you, right?!
Let’s get busy learning how to bake bacon in the oven.
In order to make crispy bacon in the oven with parchment paper, you’re going to need several things:
- Pack of bacon (any kind)
- Several large cookie sheets
- Roll of Parchment Paper
- Oven mitts or towel to protect hands from hot pans
Yes, you’ll need all these supplies in order to learn how to bake bacon in oven.
First, if you are like me, you need to make sure the oven is empty. We don’t have a lot of pan storage so our pans usually are stored inside the oven.
So go ahead and empty the oven so you can learn how to bake bacon in the oven.
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Do Not turn on the oven just yet. Let’s get the bacon prepared first.
I suggested the roll of parchment paper instead of the sheets because you’ll want to cut the parchment paper larger than the pans. THIS IS KEY for simple clean up.
When you slice the parchment, roll it the long ways down your cookie sheet, instead of wide. Normally when we cut parchment it’s made to fit perfectly inside the bottom of the pan, but you want to turn it around and roll it over the entire length of the pan so that it covers every inch.
You’ll want the paper to come up over the sides of the pan so it will be less messy and easier to clean up after you are done. This extra paper will also allow you to drain the grease easier too.
Trim Parchment Paper
Tear off a piece of parchment paper from the roll 2-3 inches larger than your cookie sheets.
Next, lay the paper down on your cookie sheets. I usually run my finger in the crease of the pan to help the paper lay down better until I get the bacon on it.
With your scissors, cut off any excess paper that might be too large (yes, you can leave it uncut… you rebel you… but it might burn, which is not the end of the world, just don’t panic when you smell the burnt parchment paper… your house is not catching on fire, and your bacon is gonna be A-Okay).
Believe me. You won’t want to miss this step on how to make oven-baked bacon.
Then, open up your bacon. Take out the first piece of bacon and twist the bacon slice several times and lay it down on the pan.
Twisting the bacon allows us to put more bacon on one pan. Since we have a large family, we always bake the entire pack.
Finish twisting the rest of the bacon and laying it down on the pan as you go.
Once the bacon is all twisted and on the pans, put the cookie sheets of bacon in the middle of the oven. Make sure your oven racks are in the middle of the oven.
Bake Bacon In Oven
For Crispy Bacon: Turn on the oven to 400 degrees, and bake for 20-30 minutes or until your desired of crispiness has been achieved.
For Chewy Bacon: Turn the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes or until it’s done.
Once you learn how to bake bacon in oven, you’ll never go back to frying it again!
Once it is done, carefully pour out the grease from the cookie sheets into the trash can.
You can use the tongs to help keep the bacon in place while carefully tilting the pan. The excess paper along the edges creates a funnel to channel the grease away from the bacon while tilting the pan.
Or, you can remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate with the tongs.
As you can see, the parchment paper doesn’t allow the grease to get through so the clean up is super easy and fast.
The result of how to bake bacon in oven is super crispy bacon!
It’s super yummy too!
And the best part is you don’t have to clean the stove and counters for hours from spitting bacon grease, scrubbing the pan to get it clean or lighting candles to clear the bacon grease smell from your home! I love that part too!
So I hope you enjoy my way of how to bake bacon in oven so it’s extra crispy and delicious.
Plus, when you learn how to get crispy bacon in the oven with parchment paper, it becomes so much easier to clean up and get on with your day.
And, when you learn how to make oven-baked bacon, it’s so much better than fried and better tasting too!