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Oven baked bacon is one of my favorite meal prep items, because it cooks whole a lot of bacon at once! No tending the bacon, no flipping, no splattering grease everywhere. Just beautiful bacon strips cooked till your exact liking!

Oven Baked Bacon (Big Batch)

I highly recommend thick-cut bacon. And don't be afraid to overlap them a little to fit as many bacon strips as you can.

Ingredients

  • 1 package thick-cut bacon strips, Note 1

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with a heavy-duty foil. (Note: You can crumble the foil, or leave it smooth. I tested both ways and there was no noticeable difference.)
  • Arrange the bacon slices on the prepared baking sheet. (It’s ok to overlap a little to fit all the bacon.)
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until desired crispiness reached. Start checking after 10-minute mark. (No need to flip them half way.)
  • Using a pair of kitchen tongs, transfer the cooked bacon onto a baking sheet lined with paper towel to absorb excess fat.
  • Carefully, pour the hot bacon grease into a glass jar. You can use bacon grease for just about anywhere oil is called for.

Notes

Note 1a: The cooking time and temperature in this recipe is specifically for thick-cut bacon.
Note 1b: For thin-cut bacon, you’ll want to bake at 400°F for about 15-20 minutes. But again, make sure to start checking at the 10-minute mark.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bacon strip, Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 146mg, Potassium: 44mg, Vitamin A: 8IU, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg
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Continue Reading for additional tips and serving suggestions.

There’s nothing more convenient than having a batch of cooked bacon on hand. You can lightly heat it up for breakfast for dinner, or chop them up to garnish any dish.

How to choose bacon:

I love thick-cut bacon over thin cut bacon, because there’s just substance to them. Besides, I like my bacon crispy with a slight chew. And thick-cut bacon yields just that!

You can, of course, bake thin-cut bacon too, but they bake much faster, so I usually bake them at a lower temp as well. More details on cooking time below.

How to cook bacon in the oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Arrange bacon slices on the baking sheet – It’s ok to overlap a little to fit all the bacon on the tray.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, but at the 10-minute mark start checking so it’s cooked to your desired crispiness.
  4. Transfer the cooked bacon on a paper towel to absorb excess grease.  You may want to pat them with more paper towels on top as well.

TIP 1: For thin-cut bacon, preheat the oven to 400°F, and cook the bacon for 15-20 minutes.

TIP 2: Every oven is different. The cooking time will vary depending on the oven and how crispy you like your bacon. So, start checking on your bacon after the 10-minute mark.

Bacon cooks faster toward the end of the cooking process, so keep a close eye on the first time you make this in your oven. And note down the perfect time for your oven for the next time you make oven-baked bacon.

TIP 3: I tested baking bacon on a wire rack, and I didn’t see much difference as far as how greasy the bacon is.

Benefits of oven baked bacon:

  1. You can cook a large amount of bacon at once! No need to make your house smell like bacon every morning!
  2. You’ll get evenly cooked, straight bacon strips every time.
  3. Minimal hands-on time. No need to tend the bacon, flipping them and checking.
  4. No splattering oil everywhere – minimal clean-up. TIP: Use foil to line your baking sheet.

How to render bacon grease:

I usually don’t run bacon grease through a sieve or paper towel. With baked bacon grease, you don’t get as many impurities. Don’t worry about those tiny burnt pieces, they tend to sink to the bottom anyway!

I have a dedicated mason jar for storing bacon fat. You can simply add more to the top as you go. TIP: You will need to use a glass jar, because a plastic container will melt when you pour in hot grease.

Store bacon grease in the fridge indefinitely.

What can bacon grease be used for?

  • Bacon grease makes a flavorful roux.
  • It works well for sautéing vegetables.
  • Sear any kind of meat using bacon fat!

Can I freeze cooked bacon?

  • You can freeze cooked bacon. Place them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.  To reheat, place a bacon strip on a plate lined with paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • You can also chop them up into small piece to use for garnishes before freezing.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Let me know once you’ve tried it by leaving a comment below or sharing a photo and tagging @busy_cooks on Instagram!

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