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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon - Oven Cooked

Bacon has been a favorite food of mine for as long as I can remember.  And for as long as I can remember, I have been frying it.  Not anymore, not after doing some research on cooking bacon in the oven.

source: sweetsrsmitty
Here are a few ways that bacon is prepared in the oven.
Put your oven rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Lay the bacon strips out flat on the baking sheet, leaving space so they don't overlap.
Pop the bacon in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. If it's thick bacon that produces a lot of grease you'll want to drain the grease halfway through.
When the larger grease bubbles subside and smaller bubbles appear on the bacon, you know it's done (see pictures #3 and #4). If the bacon is already firm in the oven then it's cooked to long. Bacon firms up as it cools, generally.

Broiling 3-4 slices of bacon 2 minutes per side with broiler on low* works. For larger batches use a large baking sheet and can cook bacon for a crew by baking (not broiling) it in a preheated 375 oven for roughly 5 or so minutes per side (check often). Use aluminum foil for easy clean-up, it otherwise adds little to the cooking process.


For perfectly flat slices that don't shrink up as much, line the pan with parchment, add a 2nd sheet of parchment on top of the bacon and another sheet pan on top of that so it presses the bacon flat. Cook at about 275 degrees for 30-40 min or so.


An easy way to make "oven bacon" is to place the bacon in a cool oven (i.e. not preheated) and turn it on at 400 degrees. By the time the oven reaches that temperature, the bacon is almost done (maybe 1-2 minutes past the alert one gets from the oven that it has hit the target temp).
source: thekitchn

I am writing this late at night but I could easily slip into the kitchen and make up a pan of bacon.  Oh, the temptation!!!

Have a great day!

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