Learn How to Oven Bake Bacon in just a few simple steps!
Cooking bacon in the oven is the easiest way to get crisp, evenly cooked strips. Plus, clean-up is way easier – no grease all over the place, or splatters to chase.
This will serve as a guide, instead of an exact process, because the thickness of your bacon will change up the cooking time. If your oven runs cool or hot, that can make a difference too. I’m going to assume that your oven holds the proper temperature, or that you’ll adjust it if it doesn’t.
I like the no sugar bacon from both Applegate and Jones Dairy Farm, and Wellshire Farms makes several Paleo-friendly products too. My husband has also gotten into making our own bacon, so I’ll share that recipe when he’s got it dialed in.
I use a wire baking rack over a sheet pan to cook bacon in the oven. That allows the bacon fat to drip down, and the bacon to get evenly crisp. You could also use a broiler pan if you have one of those handy. Then I use the bacon fat to cook something else, like eggs or Brussels Sprouts.
Now follow the directions below to learn how to oven bake bacon and give it a try!
How to Oven Bake Bacon
- 8 ounce package of bacon
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
- Place bacon slices in a single even layer across wire rack. Bake the bacon for 20-30 minutes, depending on how crisp you want the bacon (check it after 20 minutes). Remove the bacon from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Photos by Alycia Moreno