how to cook bacon (without burning it to a crisp.)

I never got on the bacon bandwagon until recently.

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

Oh yeah, I guess it turns out that bacon makes EVERY MEAL BETTER.

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

How to Cook Bacon (Without Frying it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

Shoot, I don’t know why it took me so long to figure that out.

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

I think I shied away from it for so long because I would always fry it to a crumbly crisp on the stove top.

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

Thanks to this technique I discovered in a past issue of Cooking Light I am now a whiz of this meat candy.

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

Lately I’ve been enjoying bacon in moderation as a breakfast treat in rotation with other protein sources, as a topping on burger patties, and wrapped around chicken thighs (recipe to come soon).

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp) - Technique from @Cooking Light via @Meg | Peaches and Cake

Cover your platter with foil to keep the bacon warm!

Here’s a method to cook it in the oven properly – clean up is easy, and no frying pans required.

Nom, nom, nom!
-peaches & cake

How to Cook Bacon (Without Burning it to a Crisp)
Technique slightly adapted from Cooking Light: “The Most Common Cooking Mistakes”

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1 lb. bacon – Try to find bacon that is the most minimally processed, if possible. I prefer a sugar-free, nitrate-free bacon. See the reasons why here.

2 jelly roll pans

2 wire racks

Paper towels

Preheat oven to 400⁰ F.

If desired, line 2 jelly roll pans with aluminum foil or parchment paper to make cleanup easier. Set wire racks on the pans so the bacon doesn’t sit in fat. Place half of the bacon slices in a single layer on each racks, and bake at 400⁰ F for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked through (depending on bacon thickness and how crispy you like it).

Unless your oven has major hot spots, you don’t have to flip the bacon or turn the pans. You can even put the bacon in while the oven preheats—the gradual temperature increase will render the fat more slowly.

Carefully remove the pans from the oven. Line a serving platter with a paper towel and place the bacon on top using a pair of tongs. Add another layer of paper towels and another layer of bacon if necessary.

Cover platter tightly with aluminum foil to keep warm until ready to serve. You can also place the covered platter back in a warm 180⁰ F oven if making bacon ahead of time.

Let the rendered bacon fat on the jelly roll pan cool before throwing it away – remember to throw it in the trash, not the sink! Or, reserve it in an airtight container in the fridge for cooking later.

3 responses to “how to cook bacon (without burning it to a crisp.)

  1. Hmmmm interesting method! I don’t use bacon in my cooking but if someday I decide to (I do a lot of random things), then I’ll def. think about this post. I bet putting them on the rack also helps the excess fat drip drip away 🙂

  2. OK – I’m using “meat candy” to describe bacon from now on -love it! Great post – totally going to make bacon this way from now on.

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