Bacon!

Who doesn’t like bacon? It’s everything meat should be. Flavorful, fatty, salty, smokey and fatty. I know, fatty is in there twice. I feel like I only get half the meat I should be getting when I eat some bacon. I mean, the fat is great, it’s part of what makes it so good (that and the salt!). And there is always the risk that the bacon fat will spatter a bit when you cook it, so you have to clean the stove-top too. Can you somehow easily cook it without all that fat and mess? Fortunately, yes. And even more fortunately, it’s easier than you think. Use the oven.

Bacon

Bacon

Cooking for Engineers has two articles about the many many ways to cook bacon. Oven-bake, oven-broil, microwave, grill, and pan-fried are all covered. To me, the oven is the best way of making bacon. I have used Alton Brown’s Good Eats method before with success and wanted to see what a longer slower cooking time yielded. (If you look at AB’s recipe, he shows you how to cure the bacon and everything, I just buy my own and skip down to the end where he says to put it in the oven.)

AB calls for putting the bacon on a cooling rack set into a baking pan into a cold oven. Then turning the oven to 400F and cooking for 12 to 15 minutes (from the time you turn the oven on, not from when it is preheated). This is good and quick.

Bacon

Bacon

Cooking for Engineers takes a different approach to the oven method. Long and slow. You preheat your oven to 200F and use the same bacon-on-a-cooling-rack-in-a-baking sheet as AB. This method takes a lot longer. Three to four hours long. But hey, if you don’t have anything to do for a while or want to make bacon to reheat in sandwiches or something later, this is the way to go. I actually prefer this method for a number of reasons. It seems to render more fat from the bacon. The fat that is rendered is pure bacon fat. Pure white in color. No burnt bits in it. The bacon is great for saving and using later.

So if you have time, I say go with the long and slow oven cooking. If you want bacon faster, go with the higher temperature oven method.

Bacon

Bacon

Ingredients

Bacon

Recipe (slow method)

  1. Set oven to 200F.
  2. Place a cooling rack into a rimmed baking sheet. Lay the bacon on top of it. Place in oven.
  3. Cook for 3-4 hours. If you like softer bacon, take it out after about 3ish. If you like crispier bacon, take it out after 4ish.

Recipe (faster method)

  1. Place a cooling rack into a rimmed baking sheet. Lay the bacon on top of it. Place in oven.
  2. Turn the oven on to 400F.
  3. Cook for 12-15 minutes. If you like softer bacon, take it out after about 12ish minutes. If you like crispier bacon, take it out after 15ish minutes.
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3 Responses to “Bacon!”


  1. 1 wing and a hare January 19, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I tried the slow-cook method — the bacon was great and no mess! I had enjoyed oven-prepared bacon before at an office breakfast but wasn’t sure how to do it. Thanks for providing the details!

  2. 2 hainesmorgan January 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    that’s rad!


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