Since Brandan cures his own bacon, we eat a lot of bacon in our house. It’s always really messy, and splatters grease all over the stove, which I then have to clean because my OCD kicks in and I can’t stand the spots of grease on the stainless steel. (When I have to clean the stove, I call it a “staff meeting.” My “staff” never minds contributing to the mess, but for some reason never wants to help when it comes time to clean it up…) I’m always looking for an easier way to do things, so I decided to experiment with how to bake bacon in the oven. Less mess on the oven, less clean up for me – win:win!
I’m not actually OCD. I’m actually a psychology major, and used to get really annoyed when people said crap like that. You’d know if you were OCD, because you’d be locking and unlocking your front door 17 times before you left the house. I used to have a roommate in college who had to eat things in 2’s. M&Ms, french fries, whatever. If there was an odd number, she’d throw the last one out. She might have been slightly OCD.
Anyway, I like a clean stove. Can you blame me?
The first time I shared this post, I needed to bake both sausage patties and bacon in the oven. I decided to put them in together. Turns out, it worked perfectly! The pictures, however – not so perfect. Apparently back when I first started, I thought an iPhone and artificial lighting were the way to go. I also thought it was fine to post my (terrible) photos upside down?!?!
Thankfully, things have improved a bit on the photography front. I didn’t cook sausage patties the second time around, but the rules are still the same. How to bake bacon in the oven: start out with uncooked bacon on a baking sheet…
…and finish with delicious, crispy bacon and a shiny clean stovetop!
Once you’ve figured out how to bake bacon in the oven, you’ll probably decide never to go back to the splattery, messy ways of your past. It’s so simple, and doesn’t require you to watch the bacon while it cooks – you can work on something else entirely while its in there getting crispy!
Don’t forget to pour off all that delicious bacon grease into a jar and store it in the fridge for later. It’s perfect for sautéing up some veggies! And if you’re questioning your pan selection, I can’t recommend these NordicWare baker’s half sheets enough. I’ve had them for years now, and they stand up to anything. They’re not non-stick, so you don’t have to worry about scrubbing them down – I use a sponge or scrubby and a dash of Bar Keeper’s Friend, and they’re good as new. No warping, no flimsy, no grime you just can’t get off.
Here’s to eating more bacon!
- bacon or sausage or both
- Preheat oven to 400°.
Place bacon slices and/or sausage patties on a baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart.
Place the baking sheet on a middle rack in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes, then flip sausage and bacon over and bake for 5-7 more minutes. (This is largely going to depend on how much bacon you're cooking, how thinly it is sliced, and how crispy you like it- make sure you keep an eye on it the first couple of times you try it to learn how quickly your oven bakes your bacon!)
Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, then remove from pan and serve.
Don't forget to reserve that bacon grease while it's still liquid, then cook up some veggies in it later! Mmmm.
These NordicWare half sheets are my favorite baking pans of all time!