Thursday, August 23, 2012

Oven Baked Bacon

Baking bacon is an easy, mess-proof way to prepare this pork product. You don't have to turn it, deal with curling and twisting pieces, or handle spatters. Here's how to bake bacon.

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F if you're cooking thin, or regular-cut bacon. If you want to bake thick-cut bacon, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with sides with heavy-duty foil. Arrange the bacon on the pan, side-by side, being sure not to overlap the pieces. In fact, leave a little space between the bacon slices so they have room to brown and crisp.

To give the bacon that pretty 'ridged' look he wads and unfolds the foil first so it is wavy, then arranges the bacon on it. That gives the fat somewhere to go so the bacon isn't sitting in the fat as it cooks. This method also shapes the bacon while baking.

Bake the thin-cut bacon for 12-17 minutes for thin-cut, or until desired doneness. I myself like my bacon very crisp, so I bake it 16-18 minutes.

For thick bacon, bake for 10 minutes, then turn the bacon with tongs. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 12-17 minutes longer or until the bacon is browned.

Carefully remove from the oven, drain on paper towels, and use in any recipe.

***note:  I've done this recipe twice now.  I like it but be sure to cook it brown enough because one batch wasn't as done as the rest and really didn't have the flavor it should have had.

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