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The Best Way to Cook a Pound of Bacon

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Easiest Way to Prepare Bacon for a Crowd!

Cooking bacon in the oven is absolutely the easiest way to prepare this very popular food. I freeze the leftovers in a "zipper"-type plastic bag!

Cooking bacon in the oven is absolutely the easiest way to prepare this very popular food. I freeze the leftovers in a "zipper"-type plastic bag!

Cook Your Bacon In The Oven!

Do you Love bacon but not the popping grease? Well, I have discovered what I think is the best the best way to cook bacon and want to share this easy cooking method with you.

My bacon cooking method is also OH SO easy to clean up.


Cooking lots of bacon my way is also a time saver.


You will be glad you found this "bacon" page. Honestly.

The "how to" guide you see below for cooking bacon in the oven is printable so you can put a copy in your cookbook, if you want. OR feel free to bookmark this page so you can come back if you forget the steps.

The cooking bacon image here belongs to me, Mickie_G as are the other photos (unless I state otherwise). You may use them with my permission and with proper attribution, please.

Kitchen Tools to cook bacon the easy way: - Cook your bacon the easy way for sure!

My jelly roll pan is not top quality. It warps and has rust spots. I spent less than $15 for it, but it looked good when I purchased it. If I could do it all over again, I would spend more and buy a better pan. I already had the racks, too. My cooling racks have held up for years! Easily washed in the dishwasher, too.

The products below have the qualities I would look for when buying a jelly roll pan and cooling rack: 1. Dishwasher safe 2. Non-warping 3. Cooks evenly.

Bacon cooked in an oven

Bacon cooked in an oven

How to cook bacon in the oven: - I prefer thick sliced bacon.

Below you will find printable "how to" instructions for cooking bacon in the oven.

Remember to start with a "cold" oven. No need to preheat.

Thick bacon cooks slower than thin sliced bacon.

Scroll down to see the difference between bacon slices that were/were not dredged in cornmeal before they were cooked.

Have fun, but remember that bacon grease is hot. Handle the pan with care when removing it from the oven.

Bacon How to:

Time required: 30 minutes

Difficulty: easy

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  • Bacon
  • Cornmeal (optional)


  • Rack
  • Jelly Roll Pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitt

1. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and put the rack in the pan. Spray the rack with a spray oil product (like Pam).

easy clean up

easy clean up

2. Lay your bacon on the rack. It is ok if the strips of bacon touch.


3. Put the pan in a COLD oven set on 400 or 425 degrees. Bake for 18-25 minutes. If the bacon is not as crisp as you like, leave it in the oven but WATCH it car


4. Optional: if you coat the raw bacon in cornmeal before you put it on the pan to cook, the slices will not shrink as much. The 2 slices of cooked bacon on the


How long does this method for cooking bacon in the oven take?

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

depends on how much bacon your pan holds!

A List: How This Bacon Cooking Method Saves You Time?

1. Cooked bacon freezes very well! Cook an entire package and freeze the leftovers in a baggie. You can thaw the bacon to room temp or you can heat the frozen, cooked bacon in a skillet or the microwave.

2. No fuss cleaning. Just throw away the aluminum foil!

3. My own stove top skillet only holds 4 thick slices at one time. Depending on the size of your pan or oven, you can cook any # of slices at the same time. I use the "convection" setting on my own oven when I have two (or more) pans in the oven.

Please rate my method for cooking bacon in the oven:

Another Bacon Cooking Tip:

Oven temps can vary. The bacon will cook very quickly during the last few minutes in the oven. Keep an eye on the slices during these last minutes or your bacon may burn.

What your grandmother probably did with all that bacon fat!

What your grandmother probably did with all that bacon fat!

What your grandmother probably did with all that bacon fat!

Have you ever cooked bacon in your oven? What do you think of my method? Remember, it is only my opinion that cooking bacon in the oven is the best and easiest way. Your opinion does count, too. I enjoy hearing from and learning tips from my readers, so please do not be shy.

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How do you cook bacon? - Anyone can "chew the fat"!

SamanthaHaupt on June 01, 2014:

I've never tried cooking bacon in my oven, but you made it look delicious. I think I may try it someday soon :)

WordChipper on January 15, 2014:

A friend of mine often boils bacon until the water disappears. It's surprisingly good.

tonyleather on December 05, 2013:

Sorry but, as a cook, I have to disagree with this idea. There is something primal and intoxicating about bacon fat that makes it an irresistible part of any bacon related dish, and doing it your way would ruin that, I feel. Just my opinion, of course!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 02, 2013:

Love the cornmeal tip!

Mickie Gee (author) on October 24, 2013:

@kepezzo: Glad you are going to try this method for cooking bacon. I think you will be glad you did.

kepezzo on October 23, 2013:

Your ideas will be tried this weekend......the idea of flour and cornmeal on bacon before baking looks interesting....hmmm...

anonymous on September 13, 2013:

Great way to cook bacon! Thank you for sharing it!

Mickie Gee (author) on August 11, 2013:

@socialcx1: No, remember you use a cold oven to start.

socialcx1 on August 10, 2013:

Learnt a lot here so thanks. Now to warm up the oven and give it a try.

Mickie Gee (author) on July 18, 2013:

@jknake lm: The bacon does splatter in the oven, just not as much. My oven has a cleaning cycle that comes in handy.

jknake lm on July 17, 2013:

My daughter-in-law fixes it this way. Doesn't it splatter all over the inside of the oven? I usually use my George Foreman grill and do a pound at a time. Put it in the freezer .

Doc_Holliday on July 15, 2013:

This is worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

SavioC on July 15, 2013:

My sunday breakfast is eggs, bacon, beans and coffee. This sunday the bacon's going to be made differently . looking forward to it . Cheers .

jennabeezer on July 12, 2013:

I'm definitely going to try this. I generally use my counter-top grill for both bacon and sausage since I can remove the griddle pieces and soak them in the sink....and then scrub...and scrub... Still have to deal with hot steam and grease piling up in the warped plastic grease tray. Thanks for the info!

jemacb on May 29, 2013:

Thanks so much for the tips. I would try your suggestions.

NuttSoRuff on May 23, 2013:

I love well prepared bacon! Thanks for the tips!

Mickie Gee (author) on May 21, 2013:

@KerryVor: I have used a cold and a preheated oven to cook bacon with success.

Kerry Voronoff from Sydney, Australia on May 20, 2013:

Yes I have cooked bacon in the oven and it came out great. I used a preheated oven but I will try your way next time.

RetireAt57 on March 19, 2013:

Great bacon ideas. Love the lens

uneasywriter lm on February 15, 2013:

I like the flour dredging tip! Thanks!

Mickie Gee (author) on February 14, 2013:

@strategylab: Wow! An idea I have not tried. Thank you!

Jeph Maystruck from Regina, SK on February 13, 2013:

You ever crack pepper on bacon when cooking in the oven?!? DELISH!

CampingmanNW on January 30, 2013:

Interesting way to cook bacon. I shall give it a try. Thank you

jvcronje on January 02, 2013:

I just love bacon and use it as many times as possible. I like them "well-done".

RuralFloridaLiving on December 25, 2012:

Low and slow - that's my best method. Less grease to contend with in unwanted places!

lorenrodgers5 on December 21, 2012:

I have tried multiple ways to cook bacon,, single slices, and just throwing them all in the skilltet and hoping for the best. :) I am going to try this way!

Thamisgith on December 13, 2012:

I just put mine on my George Foreman grill and it's ready in no time. Maybe I should try selling the fat collected in the drip tray back to my butcher? Definitely going to try that sometime. ;O)

anonymous on November 18, 2012:

re: What your grandmother probably did with that bacon fat. My grandmother saved it and used it for sauting onions and peppers and making hash browns

AJ from Australia on October 15, 2012:

I cook bacon a similar way, but do appreciate the flour tip - I don't do that, but can definitely see the benefits. Love your pragmatic approach regarding the extra calories!

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 03, 2012:

I cook it in an iron pan. I will try the baking method, and dredging too. Thanks

anonymous on October 02, 2012:

Great idea, and so much easier than having to keep turning it over under a grill.

Mickie Gee (author) on September 18, 2012:

@Protasker: Who cares? If you are eating bacon, the calories in the flour should not matter. I just don't think about it.

Barbara from USA on September 18, 2012:

I love bacon! Great lens, wondering though, would the flour add extra calories?

Spokanewebdesig1 on September 17, 2012:

loving this bacon lens, gonna try this method in the oven tomorrow!

lewisgirl on September 12, 2012:

I have been cooking bacon in the oven for years. Never tried dredging it in flour however, I will have to try that.

pawmountain66 on September 10, 2012:

oh that's making me hungry now cool tips

achivevery on September 09, 2012:

i have to say that it is a great tip supported by a great photo of cooked bacons.

we can clearly see the difference

LadiiWallk on September 01, 2012:

bacon in the oven is cool, but it is nothing like a black cast iron frying pan.

John Dyhouse from UK on August 28, 2012:

Mmm I love bacon and usually grilll it so that the fats seep away.

InnovativeToys on August 28, 2012:

Outstanding! Gotta try cooking bacon this way!

djh4yla on August 16, 2012:

Yum bacon! not so unhealthy if you eat small portions.

eduguy1 on August 13, 2012:

I love bacon.

jmchaconne on August 09, 2012:

I've never tried this method, but I will now, thanks to your great lens! Thank you for your visit to Until I Find you, glad you found me!

Frankie Kangas from California on July 29, 2012:

I usually either half cook it in a frying pan, freeze it, then use the microwave for a few slices as a time for the meal or fry it til done and eat it. I have to say, that frying bacon the whole way and eating while it is hot is the best tasting bacon ever but it is time consuming and messy. Therefore, I loved your idea of making it in the oven so today I did. I don't have a pan with a rack like you so I used my broiler pan that came with the oven. I put foil on the bottom, put the top on, put foil on it and slit the slits open with a knife. It took twice as long to make as yours -- about 35 minutes -- however, it was delicious and it allowed me to work on the computer while it cooked. I can't thank you enough for the idea. Next, I'll try dregging it in flour. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankie

Lori Green from Las Vegas on July 27, 2012:

LOL, bacon leftovers NEVER. They would never make it into the freezer. I would have to cook the entire pig. Never thought of doing it in the oven. This was a great lens.

Frankie Kangas from California on July 26, 2012:

I love, love, love bacon and so do my cats. Almost all of them go bonkers when I cook it. It's a chore to keep them from climbing my legs to get to it. lol So, using your oven method may just be the answer I needed. I'll definitely try it out. Thanks for sharing. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

yoman125 on July 25, 2012:

Wow. This is really a nice way to cook a bacon! Nice tips! Will try the tips!

Larry50 LM on July 23, 2012:

We use to cook bacon in the oven at the restaurant but typically use a bacon press at home unless I'm making a large amount at one time

pcgamehardware on July 07, 2012:

I love bacon and these really cool cooking tips are great, Thanks for sharing. :)

eileen-b-garber on June 06, 2012:

I bake my bacon in the oven too. Comes out perfect every time. I can cook such a large quantity at one time which comes in handy when having company over. Great post!

mary-gudzenovs on June 02, 2012:

Hi Mickie_G. I'd never thought of baking bacon before. Love bacon! Will definitely give it a go. Especially like the idea of bulk cooking and freezing it. Thanks for the idea.

Satdin on May 19, 2012:

Nice informative lens.

IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on April 21, 2012:

Cooking bacon in the oven is the only way to go....but you do a few things that I will have to try the next time I cook some. Thanks for this lens!

craftaproject on April 06, 2012:

Thanks for the great tips...

HalloweenRecipes on April 02, 2012:

Your bacon looks delish, brown and crispy, just the way I like it.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on March 28, 2012:

I always bake my bacon, but never tried dredging it in flour or cornmeal...of course, I like it really crispy and slightly burned so....

zillermil on March 22, 2012:

Fantastic, I'm going to try this!

LadyCharlie on March 18, 2012:

I have cooked bacon this way but didn't use the foil nor the rack...great tips and yes it really does work great for a crowd or do ahead to freeze. Great lens!

Celticep from North Wales, UK on March 17, 2012:

sounds like a healthy alternative ... may give this a try :)

BillMatthewsOutdoors on March 17, 2012:

Great Idea! i will try this.

pinkrenegade lm on March 17, 2012:

Nice lens! I will definitely try this one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

Ribolov LM on March 17, 2012:

I love bacon! Nice lens! ;)

neuromancer lm on March 16, 2012:

Ok, now I'm REALLY hungry, thank you :))

Mickie Gee (author) on March 16, 2012:

@jwcooney: Thanks to everyone who has embraced this way to cook bacon! I have only one tip that must be remembered: use aluminum foil to line the pan!

Mickie Gee (author) on March 16, 2012:

@ferginarg lm: Whoa, I had no idea. I am glad, however, that you do get to go on holidays and enjoy the local cuisine! Maybe bacon should be designated as our national breakfast food. It probably shouldn't be given such an honor because bacon can be so bad for one if eaten excessively. Bacon can be addictive.

aquarian_insight on March 15, 2012:

So simple yet I bet most people are like me and have not even tried to cook bacon in the oven! Brilliant suggestion - thank you!

ferginarg lm on March 15, 2012:

I would give your method a try but I live in Argentina and the bacon here is non existent to terrible, It's one of the first things I eat when I manage to go on holiday to the US! :-)

thinkmodular on March 15, 2012:

I'm gonna try this on making my Epic Mealtime Breakfast :D

jwcooney on March 15, 2012:

Interesting, I must try out this method of cooking bacon! I usually pan fry bacon which ends up being a long process that's also quite messy. Looking forward to trying out this way!

anonymous on March 15, 2012:

I think this is one of the best ways to cook bacon that I have heard of. Great lens!

StevenL57 on March 15, 2012:

I've been using a lot of bacon on the grill, to wrap things in. I'll have to try the dredging tip with that.

anonymous on March 15, 2012:

Just recently learned to cook bacon in the oven! I love it cooked that way. It doesn't shrivel up and taste fantastic! Never fry again! Great Lens!

lunagaze on March 14, 2012:

Bacon always and I mean always makes everything taste better, great lens

thanks for sharing

Skylermeyer2012 on March 13, 2012:

This bacon recipe is absolutely awesome and the bason images you post in your lens looks delicious and fabulous! I will try to make it tonight.. I hope my family like it!.. Great hub thanks for sharing..

anonymous on March 13, 2012:

Have shared this with my colleague who is a baconmeister but had not heard of this way of cooking it. Many thanks for making his day (he actually stopped ragging me long enough to read it!)

AJTivol on March 13, 2012:

This is the way I cook bacon and it is great! I haven't tried dredging with flour but that sounds like what I'm going to try next. Thanks so much for your article.

thomanna on March 11, 2012:


girlfriendfactory on March 11, 2012:

What an awesome way to cook bacon! I can't wait to try! This definitely deserves a Flyby Winging and it can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless More!

They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this helpful masterpiece. ~Ren

anonymous on March 11, 2012:

Bacon is meat candy!

AutumnCoffee on March 10, 2012:


Bill Armstrong from Valencia, California on March 10, 2012:

ah bacon, love bacon rolls..thanks for sharing this, gonna use the freeze tips

dahlia369 on March 10, 2012:

Loved your intro and creative way of cooking bacon. Nicely presented, too! :)

jordanmilesbask on March 10, 2012:

I never put my bacon on oven before but I will definitely try it next time..Cheers

Socialcard on March 09, 2012:

wow..this is different! Gotta cook bacon using this method!

bjslapidary on March 09, 2012:

Love bacon. Will have to try this way of cooking it. Sounds like a good idea.

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on March 09, 2012:

I grill my bacon but will try this method , thanks for sharing !

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

I'm going to share this lens with my colleague Jon, whose breakfast diet appears to have consisted almost entirely of bacon butties since he befriended the works restaurant staff within a month of joining! He will love this!

shantytom on March 09, 2012:

I'm definitely going to try this! When I make bacon it always ends up burnt!

Alexis_Green on March 09, 2012:

It looks like very delicious! Nice Lens!

Edwardjames81 on March 09, 2012:

I have cooked baco n in the oven and I have to say that it is OK but nowhere near as nice as cooking it on the BBQ. I love a "charcoal" flavouring on my bacon.

grflgrfl on March 09, 2012:

You can count on this lensviewer trying some of these tricks. I love bacon. Hate cooking it!

Katie Harp on March 08, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

Patricia Meadows on March 08, 2012:

I sometimes cook bacon this way, but I never heard of dredging it in flour. Thanks for the photo showing the proof. Will definitely have to give it a try. Thanks and liked.

Mickie Gee (author) on March 08, 2012:

@captainj88: This idea for bacon sounds just too good to resist. Will try it very soon as I have a whole pound of bacon in the fridge that is begging to be cooked.

jacinto888 on March 08, 2012:

Some new tips i will have to try, nice lens thanks for sharing!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on March 08, 2012:

I have baked bacon that was first packed in brown sugar and baked. When it is cooled, break it into bite-sized pieces and serve as a party appetizer. Call it "Pig Candy"! I got the idea from my friend Alyssa. She brought it to a work party and it was sweet, salty and crunchy :)

Julia Morais on March 08, 2012:

I loooove bacon. Great way to cook it.

Mike Best from Denver, Colorado on March 07, 2012:

I've been using this method for years, but I never knew about the flour. Thanks for sharing a great way to cook bacon and for teaching me something new.

zsimpon on March 07, 2012:

Nice article. Gives me cravings lol

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on March 07, 2012:

Great article! I used to cook bacon in the oven and I would dredge it in flour. I cooked mine on broil though. I like your method better! :)

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