Bacon can be a messy pain to cook. If you don’t want unpredictable bacon and a messy kitchen, check out how to make Perfectly Baked Bacon and you’ll never go back!
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Perfectly Baked Bacon
Bacon is one of those fickle things to make, or at least I always thought so until I discovered baking the bacon.
This is not (apparently) a new concept, but it was for me. Let me tell you though that once I made my first batch of baked bacon, I have not gone back to my old unpredictable ways!
I would make my bacon in a pan over the stove which is the only way I thought there was to make bacon.
Sometimes I would burn it.
Sometimes I would undercook it.
Sometimes it would come out perfect.
Sometimes I'd burn half of it and undercook the other half.
And no matter how I cooked it, I'd always have a huge grease mess to clean up all over my stove and counters.
I hated cooking bacon even though my heart belongs to bacon because it is one of the most delicious things on the planet.
Alas, I stumbled upon the concept of baked bacon and perfection finally landed in my kitchen. Perfect bacon EVERY TIME. What could be better than that? Well, a few things, but not many.
How to cook perfectly baked bacon
What you need:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (for easy cleanup) and place raw bacon on the baking sheet.
Bake for 14-20 minutes depending on how many pieces you are baking. When I bake 4-6 pieces, it normally takes about 14 minutes. When I cook an entire package (as shown), it took closer to 20 minutes.
NOTE - I love my bacon crispy so if you like less crispy bacon then, cook for less time.
What to do with the bacon grease
Well, you have a few options! I mean, this is keto after all!
- Put bacon on a plate and use a paper towel to soak up any excess grease and safely dump the rest (definitely not down the drain). OR
- Carefully pour the grease into a container and use it for later cooking
Then just crumple up the aluminum foil and throw away. I use the same pan to make bacon every few days and I don't use it for anything else. I will admit that I don't always wash it because the aluminum foil keeps everything separated and clean. BONUS
It is lovely!
What to eat with bacon
Well, eggs of course! Learn how to cook perfectly sunny-side up eggs and eat 'em right alongside these beautiful perfectly baked bacon!
Or make up some keto crepes or chocolate chip pancakes and satisfy the tummy!