How To Bake Your Bacon
Baking your bacon, in my opinion is the only way to cook bacon. It is super easy, there is very little clean-up and the bacon always turns out super crispy. Here's how I do it.
Preheat that oven!
About 350 degrees will do it.
Grab that sheet pan!
Actually, you will need a sheet pan, aluminum foil, and (optional) a wire cooling rack.
Line that sheet pan!
Line your sheet pan with a layer of aluminum foil. Make sure that the foil goes all the way up the sides of the pan. This makes clean-up super easy because the drippings will stay on the foil and not get onto the sheet pan.
Place your rack!
It is not required, but I find placing a cooling rack into the sheet pan on top of the foil helps the air circulate around the bacon better and it keeps the bacon out of the drippings. But again, no big deal if you don't have a wire rack. The bacon will turn out just fine!
Lay out your bacon!
Lay out the bacon onto the wire rack (or directly onto the foil) in a single layer. If the pieces touch a bit, that's cool. Use 2 pans or more if you need to.
Also, if you ordered bacon from us (THANK YOU) you may find that some of our flavors have things like fresh jalapeno peppers in with the bacon. Cook those yummy extras right along with the bacon! I recommend spreading them out across the layer of bacon. Those extras add a ton of flavor!!
And into the oven we go.
Bake your bacon at 350 degrees until golden brown and crispy. I wish I could tell you exactly how long, but all ovens are different. I just keep an eye on mine every 10 minutes or so. NO NEED to flip the bacon, unless you are bored and need something to do.
Out of the oven and onto a plate.
When the bacon is ready, I pull it from the oven and transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. This will soak up the excess drippings.
HOLD ON A MINUTE!
What about those delicious bacon drippings? Why throw those out? They are great for frying, flavoring, baking, and all sorts of things.
Once they have cooled off a bit, take a paper towel and place it into a funnel. Place the funnel onto a mason jar. Poor the drippings through the paper towel lined funnel into the mason jar. (This filters out all the left over bits). Now, place the lid on the jar and place the jar in the fridge. That's it - clarified bacon drippings.
- Danny Coleman