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How To Cook Bacon In the Oven

I am finally showing you how to cook bacon in the oven!

How To Cook Bacon In the Oven

Cooking bacon in the oven is something that I have done for years, but have never posted about. Every time I mention that I cook my bacon in the oven readers ask me to share how I do it, but I have never done an actual post on it until today.

Today I am finally showing you how to cook bacon in the oven! If you have never cooked your bacon in the oven you should give it a try. It is so easy!

It is actually pretty bad that I have not done a post on this because we raise hogs and I cook a ton of bacon. Maybe not a ton, but since we raise hogs, I am guessing that we eat a bit more bacon than the average person. Or maybe a lot more bacon.

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We do love our bacon. But who doesn’t love bacon. Bacon makes everything better.

We love it for breakfast, for breakfast for dinner, on pizza, on grilled cheese sandwiches, in chili, in spaghetti, and more.

And don’t even get me started on bacon grease.

Bacon Grease

The best thing about bacon may just be the grease. If you are not saving your bacon grease you are missing out. Seriously I love my jar of bacon grease. I keep it in the fridge and use it all the time.

Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Now that I have talked about my love of bacon let’s talk about how I cook my bacon.

Years ago a friend told me that she cooked her bacon in the oven. Then I heard another friend mention that she cooked it that way and I knew I had to give it a try. I think that was at least ten years ago and I have been cooking bacon in the oven ever since then.

Before I share exactly how to cook it I will say that there are some variables with cooking bacon.

The first one is the thickness of the bacon. Bacon can be thin, thick, or medium sliced. This can really vary with brand or butcher. Because the thickness can vary so much you have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

The second thing that you have to account for is how you like your bacon. Some people like their bacon really crisp. Others don’t. Some like it somewhere in between which is where my family falls. We don’t like it overly crisp, but we don’t like it really soft either. So the amount of time you cook the bacon will vary. That is why there is such a wide range of time in the directions. Just keep that in mind when you are cooking yours.


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  1. I’ve been cooking bacon like that for over 25 hours! It’s the absolute best!!

  2. I love cooking bacon in the oven! I cannot stand the grease popping on the stove or even on an electric skillet. I am so glad that my mom learned this method from a chef when I was a pre teen. I do it in my home now, even with turkey bacon.

  3. I have been cooking bacon like this for the last few years and love it! Now I can cook a whole 1 lb pkg at once and don’t get splattered with hot grease. I also love using the grease and grew up with a grandmother that insisted bacon fat was essential in making the best home fries. Of course, she was right.

    • I agree. There is so much less mess in the oven! And I am glad to know that there are others out there that love to save their bacon grease as well!

  4. Love cooking bacon in the oven. How long does the grease keep in the fridge? Besides cooking eggs in it, what else could I use it for?

    • I have kept bacon grease for a few months. I am not sure what the correct amount of time is though. 🙂 I love to use bacon grease for hash browns, fried potatoes, eggs, and for greasing the pan when I make cornbread. I also use it for things like frying peppers and onions for fajitas. Those are just a few things that I can think of quickly. I guess I should do a post on the many uses for bacon grease. I will have to add that to my list of things to post on.

  5. Can you do a post (or explain by replying to my comment) how you use the bacon grease? I never thought to keep it, but i’ve been oven cooking my bacon for years! How long does the grease stay good for in the fridge?

    • Quite a few people have asked for the same thing, so I am going to put together a post on how I use bacon grease. I hope to get it up in the next week or two.


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