How to cook bacon in the oven. Just turn on the oven, you'll be bakin' bacon too!
Every once in awhile, the phone will ring early. It's my dad. "I'm sitting down with a cup of tea," he'll start. "And I'm cooking bacon."
This is Father Code for "I'm feeling like a good visit." You see, in the other room, he's letting the bacon cook away on the stove, unattended, just softly spitting in a skillet on low. Who else smells the bacon cooking, just thinking about it?!
My dad, he's patient when it comes to bacon. Not me. I want bacon to cook perfectly, without attention, quickly. With this technique for cooking bacon in the oven – bakin' bacon, yes?! – Jess Thomson from HogWash cooked bacon in just 15 minutes so I couldn't wait to try.
But wait. In my oven, it took 45 minutes to cook the bacon crispy enough for bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwiches. (Less time would have been better for pancakes, say.) Still, the technique is so easy, so easy to clean up – and cooks the bacon entirely without attention – so this is my 'new favorite way' to cook bacon, especially a whole pound of thick-sliced bacon all at once, way too much for a skillet.
Given the time differences that Jess, I and others are experiencing with oven-baked bacon, I'd recommend watching checking the oven often until you get a feel for your oven, your own bacon. (Update: Consistently, it takes 35 - 45 minutes for bacon to cook using this technique. Home-cured or butcher-cured bacon does seem to cook some faster, although I can't think why.) So it's not fast, but it does work beautifully for cooking bacon for a crowd and requires zero attention from an impatient cook.
Time-to-table: 20 - 50 minutes
Set oven to 400F.
RACK & BAKING SHEET Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a baking rack over the sheet. Arrange bacon slices across the rack. Let the bacon cook until it reaches the preferred crispiness, 15 - 45 minutes.
CAST IRON GRIDDLE While the oven preheats, warm up the griddle. Arrange the bacon on the griddle, without overlapping. Let the bacon cook until it reaches the preferred crispiness, 15 - 30 minutes.
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