This technique for making Oven Fried Bacon allows you to make a large batch of bacon with less fuss and easy clean-up to boot.
Easy Oven Fried Bacon Recipe
Mornings are hectic. After I began using this oven frying technique, I almost never fry bacon on the stove top. I have to admit, I don't miss being hit with a stray splatter of hot grease, nor do I miss the terrible clean-up. I use two parchment lined jelly roll pans to oven fry the bacon since it has a deeper edge than a cookie sheet to catch the drippings. At times, I've also used an oven safe rack fitted into the pans to hold the bacon slices. Either way works with this technique and no other adjustments are needed.
How to Make the Best Oven Fried Bacon Recipe
One of my Grandads raised pigs on his farm and the family lived on the meat they provided. They weren't raised to be sold, but so that he and my Gramma could enjoy the fresh meat and be in the position to smoke their own pork. That's right, he also had a smokehouse on his property where he smoked his own Virginia hams and bacon. As a little girl, I thought this was normal practice for everyone. Little did I know the homegrown goodness I was regularly enjoying. Fast forward from childhood to the present, in our modern day lives, we rely on quality products and the most efficient way to prepare them for our own families. This oven frying technique is right on the money for preparing bacon any busy morning of the week and the oven does the work.
- Ingredients you'll need to make Oven Fried Bacon: 16 slices of thick cut bacon. You can use classic bacon but it will not take as long to cook.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: A rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan and parchment paper.
- Parchment paper tends to soak up the grease while the bacon cooks with easy clean-up too. This technique is much the same as frying bacon in a skillet.
- If you prefer, you can also use a sheet pan fitted with an oven rack or a broiler pan. Save those bacon dripping and freeze them for future use.
- Cooked bacon can be chopped and frozen for up to 2 months for a make ahead time saver. You can also freeze it in strips separated by wax paper.
- Store Oven Fried Bacon in an airtight container chilled in the refrigerator for up to one week. To reheat, place it in a non stick pan over medium-high heat for a few seconds per side or in the microwave.
Southern Style Recipes to Use with Oven Fried Bacon
Cooked bacon is called for in may recipes from biscuits, to casseroles and breakfast and brunch recipes. A little inspiration for ways you can use this oven bacon in these recipes:
- Loaded Bacon and Egg Hash Brown Muffins makes a tasty breakfast or brunch.
- Bacon Egg and Cheese Brunch Bread made in a bundt pan is an edible centerpiece when served on a cake stand.
- Make Candied Maple Bacon in minutes for breakfast, brunch, sprinkle on salads and burgers.
- Classic Quiche Lorraine calls for cooked and crumbled bacon.
- Skillet Zucchini Bacon Cornbread will have the kiddos eating their vegetables and loving it!
- Chocolate Covered Bacon from Savory Experiments.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Oven Fried Bacon
- 16 slices thick sliced bacon (1 lb)
- 2 jellyroll pans or similar rimmed pan
- parchment paper aluminum foil or oven rack fitted into the pan
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 jelly roll pans with parchment paper.
- Alternatively, you can use heavy duty aluminum foil or fit the pan with an oven safe rack sprayed with cooking spray.
- Arrange the bacon on the pan without touching.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes. Adjust the baking time as needed based on the thickness of the bacon.
- After baking remove from the pan to paper towels to drain.
- Freeze the bacon drippings in an ice cube tray then store in a plastic bag.
1.) Sprinkle the bacon slices liberally with brown sugar
2.) Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper
3.) Brush with pure maple syrup
I have been fixing my bacon in the oven for years. It is great. No mess.
Totally agree, Elizabeth!
Save the bacon drippings in a glass jar with a lid. Refrigerate it and use it when you make beans, even if you put brown sugar on the bacon. I believe it is a sin to throw away bacon drippings. You can enhance the flavor of canned bean dip by stirring in a tablespoonful of bacon drippings.
I would definitely recommend trying with brown sugar on it - a really sweet treat, even if it's not the healthiest thing in the world! Thanks for sharing this.
I totally agree with you. I been cooking bacon in the oven for years and a lot can be cooked at a time. Much easier
Neither is bacon or the grease healthy