Find how to cook bacon in the oven without making a mess. It’s so easy and you just need aluminum foil or parchment paper, cooling rack, baking sheet and of course bacon.
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today because I love how easy it is to make. Cooking bacon in the oven is a great way to cook a big batch of bacon without making a big mess.
But before cooking bacon in the oven, you need to decide what type of bacon you want to use. There are lots of different types of bacon out there such as uncured, cured, natural, sugar-free, hickory smoked, applewood, and so on.
Also, you get to choose how thick you like your bacon to be. Growing up in Brazil, my mom used to buy very thick bacon to sauté and add to her Brazilian bean stew. But here in North America, I prefer to cook with thinner bacon because I love crispy bacon. I put it on everything like my Brussels Sprouts Bacon Salad, Easy Chopped Chicken Salad, and Cabbage Steak Recipe (Web Story)!
One thing that it’s very important for me, it’s to buy good quality bacon, which means natural, nitrate-free and sugar-free bacon. I’m lucky that at my local grocery store, I can find this kind of bacon. But if you’re living in a place where it’s not so easy to find it, you can check out online sources for organic and grass-fed meat delivery companies. Butcher Box is one of these online sources that I know well and like to recommend to my readers. They deliver 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken, heritage breed pork, wild salmon and nitrate and sugar-free bacon directly to your door. So convenient and the price is great!
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There are other company out there that does delivery very good quality meat at your door. Do you research and choose the best for your lifestyle.
Got extra bacon? Use it in these Low-Carb Bacon and Cheese Scones!
Notes and Tips about how to cook bacon in the oven:
- If you don’t have cooling rack, please don’t stress about it. You can make it directly on the baking sheet. Just cook for about 15-20 minutes. It’s going to be amazing anyway.
- If you’re going to cook bacon for a crowd, please cook bacon in the oven because it’s less of a mess and easier. But of course, if you’re making only few slices, cook bacon in a skillet.
- I can’t stress enough how it’s important to lay bacon strips in a single layer. If you overlap, it may become soggy.
- If you have leftover, you can easily store it in a reusable silicone bag/glass container and place in the fridge for about 5 to 6 days.
- Warm it up in the microwave for few seconds for breakfast. Or sauté in a hot skillet for 1-2 minute.
- Please, don’t waste the bacon fat. Store it in a mason jar and reuse it for making eggs, roast veggies and sauté recipes. So good!
Way to use bacon cooked in the oven:
You can use bacon in lots of different recipes to add even more flavour to you meals. Here are some ideas for you.
- Low-carb Bacon and Cheese Scones
- Frittata with Sweet Potato and Bacon (Meal-Prep Bowls)
- Cabbage and Sausage Stew with Bacon
- Easy Kale Breakfast Salad with Bacon and Breakfast Sausage
- Low-carb Bunless Burgers with Crispy Bacon
- Warm Bacon Lentil Salad Recipe
- Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad with Crispy Bacon
- Easy Baked Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
- 10 slices bacon nitrate-free and sugar-free
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Line a large baking sheet with foil. Make sure you have enough foil to fold edges up to avoid grease from running out. If you’re using a wire rack/cooling rack now it’s time to place it on the baking sheet.
- Lay bacon in a single layer onto prepared baking sheet or cooling rack (if you’re using it).
- Bake until it gets crispy (according to your taste). It’s about 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes keep an eye to avoid burning it.
- Remove from the oven and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Make sure the bacon is not stacked on top of each other so everything will bake evenly.
- Thicker bacon will need extra time to bake through.
- A rack will help the bacon be less greasy as the fat will drip off.
- To store: You can store cooked bacon in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- To reheat: You can reheat the bacon in the oven or microwave.
- To freeze: Freeze cooked bacon for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe bag.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.