Baked Bacon ~ My Aha Moment~

Apparently I have been doing it wrong my whole adult life! Pan frying bacon. Dodging the spatters, getting hot bacon grease popped into my eye (true story) then pouring the hot grease into a cut up pop can to dispose of. Yeah. Such fun. All a part of my fun Sunday mornings.

Then I came across a recipe, well more like a method for baking bacon. Huh? And miss all the aforementioned fun? I think I can make a sacrifice.

Place foil (I prefer parchment) on a sturdy cookie sheet. Then lay out the bacon neatly on the foil.

Place in a COLD oven and turn the oven on to 400′. The bacon is ready 17-20 minutes depending on how crunchy you like your bacon. Start watching at the 17 minute mark.

Then remove the bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate.

DONE! How easy is that?? And that is my AHA bacon moment.

The BEST part? While the bacon is baking away, I am toasting toast, scrambling and frying eggs ( because no one likes their eggs the same way in my house).


  1. OK…I’m much older than you and this is my aha moment too….I have never baked bacon, but I certainly will be now!! I’ve bookmarked this page for future reference and I’ve also pinned it. Wonderful idea!

  2. I used to work in a cafeteria and this is how bacon was always cooked. Gotta say it never occurred to me to cook it this way at home lol.

  3. I used to work in a cafeteria and this is how bacon was always cooked. Gotta say it never occurred to me to cook it this way at home lol.

  4. I have been cooking my bacan like this my whole life…and thats how my mother has always done it….I cover my bacon with a layer of foil to try to keep my oven a little cleaner….LOL

  5. I started doing this about two months ago after seeing it on Pinterest and REFUSE to go back. This is much easier and healthier!

  6. I turn my oven off at the 15 minute mark and leave it in there for another 5 minutes so it will still cook. It also lessens the slatter when you take it out. comes out awesome :D Happy baking :D

  7. Love it!! I hate cooking with oil splattering all over…this would be my way of cooking for sure! Thanks for sharing

  8. Wow, that’s great. I can’t wait until I buy more bacon to try it. Do you get grease all over the inside of the oven though? Just wondering. Thanks for the great idea.

    • Hi Mary,
      If you are afraid of getting grease in the oven ( I did not notice any in mine)try lee-anns suggestion of placing some loose foil on top of the bacon! Enjoy.

  9. As a woman married to a bacon lover, and also as a woman who couldn’t cook good bacon to save her life…. I thank you.

    You must have my back… bacon…. :)


  10. I’m thinking of all the grease spitting all over in the inside of the oven. that would be worse to clean .

  11. I love you.

  12. I have never cooked bacon for fear of being burned by grease. Now, maybe I will be brave enough to try this method! Thanks for sharing!

  13. LOL – love that you have discovered this! It really is the best!!!

  14. Nothing like beautiful crisp bacon to make EVERYTHING better.

  15. yes you can bake bacon! Isn’t it great. I started doing that a few years back.

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  16. It is delicious bacon!

    FYI that’s a jelly roll pan, not a cookie sheet. Cookie sheets don’t have a rim. I recommend NOT using a real (ie, flat) cookie sheet for this, as you will end up with a mess and noisy smoke alarms.

  17. I tried this! It works… even my husband (who loves really crispy bacon) liked it! The kids declared this the “best bacon ever!” Thanks so much for the tip!

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