Bacon for the Family or a Crowd Recipe
This is the way to get crisp bacon without having to constantly turn it, watch over it, or get burnt by splatters of grease. It 'fries' up flat and doesn't curl, which looks great beside a breakfast plate of eggs, and makes BLT sandwiches much easier. Very nice when feeding a family or crowd.
If you like a leaner bacon, do not preheat oven. The heating stage will help render more fat from the bacon. Watch closely after the oven comes to temp (I use 400 degrees), the bacon goes from yummy to burnt very quickly. Also, I never line my baking sheet (less waste), but I do use a rack to keep the bacon above the fat. If not over cooked, the bacon fat is good to reserve for baking cornbread, frying eggs, seasoning beans, etc. I've quit using a rack, it was just too hard to clean. Otherwise, I still do not line my pan.
This method of cooking bacon when you're either cooking a big breakfast or when you're making a lot of bacon is like having a kitchen assistant! More important, it turns out beautifully. However, I always use an oven temperature of 400 degrees, and find it takes 15-20 minutes. I've heard of brushing the bacon with maple syrup or sprinkling on brown sugar during the last few minutes of baking, but I've never tried that. Thanks for passing this easy cooking method along to others.
I've been cooking bacon this way for many years. My grandmother cooked it this way but she dregged the bacon in flour first and then cooked it in the oven. It gives it an ever more chrispy and crunchy taste. Another tasty bacon treat is to dip the bacon in chocolate! YUM, YUM!
Tried this method over the holidays, and I will NEVER fry bacon in a skillet ever again, lol...I finally know how to make bacon crispy without being burnt like my husband likes it. I too line the pan with foil, use a spritz of pam on the cooling rack, and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes...and perfect bacon!
This is the only way I make bacon now. I found that microwaving bacon made it too crispy and I would burn it if I tried making it on the stove top. I put the oven temp at 400 and use a jelly roll pan (raised edges) and I spray it with pam prior to placing the bacon slices in the pan. After the bacon is done I drain the grease through a strainer and save it in the fridge to use it for other recipes like making homemade dog biscuits! If you havent tried bacon in the oven you should try it soon! You can make all the other goodies while the bacon is in the oven! How easy is that? Not to mention cheaper than the ready to serve bacon in stores.
This is the only way to cook bacon if you like it crispy. Pluss How has a pan that can do a whole pound at once. MAKE SURE TO COOK ON A WRIE COOLING RACK ( ON A COOKIE SHEET) SO YOUR BACON IS NOT SITTING IN THE GREASE.
I set my oven to 400F and turn about halfway through. I don't use a wire rack because it just makes for more dirty dishes and if you remove the bacon right away and place on paper towels the grease isn't a big deal. By far the best way to cook bacon!
I always bake my bacon and trust me, if you're using thick cut bacon, it takes longer than 10-15 minutes at 350. I use thick cut bacon on a half-sheet pan, not lined, at 425 for 15-20 minutes because I like my bacon crispy, not chewy. It could be my oven, but I've done this in 2 different apartments and it works for me at 425 for 15-20 minutes in both places.