Do you want to know the perfect way to cook your gourmet bacon? Surprisingly, the oven is the easiest and cleanest way to cook bacon. With the oven, you can achieve that perfect crispness without burning your bacon or leaving it too chewy. Here’s how:
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (crumpling the foil a little bit will help the grease drain and keep the bacon from sticking to the foil). You can even place a cooling rack on top of your foil lined baking sheet to allow the grease from the cooking bacon to run off completely.
2. Lay your gourmet bacon on the foil lined baking sheet and place on the middle rack of the oven. (Or if you’re using a cooling rack, lay the strip on the rack.) Bacon cooks the best if spaced about an inch apart.
3. Now that your bacon is in the oven, set your oven to 375°F or 350°F if you are using a dark pan. Allowing the oven to heat up while the bacon is already inside ensures that the bacon will cook all the way through without getting too crispy.
4. Check on your strips in about 17-20 minutes. Some brands may take longer than others depending upon the thickness of the cut. If you are cooking maple-rubbed bacon or sugar-coated bacon, you’ll want to flip the pieces at once halfway through cooking and keep and eye on it to prevent burning.
5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and using tongs or a fork, transfer your strips to a paper towel lined pan to absorb the remaining fat and grease.
Never cook your bacon frozen. It is best to bring your bacon to room temperature before cooking, as this will help the bacon cook through properly while also rendering out more bacon fat. If you are using frozen bacon, simply thaw in the fridge overnight or in a sink of cool water for about 30 minutes. Then let it rest at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before cooking.
How to Dispose of Bacon Grease:
Bacon grease is a delicious and useful cooking component so we recommend that you pour the remaining grease into a heat-resistant container and store it in the freezer or fridge for later use. To dispose of any unwanted grease, store the grease in a disposable container until it cools, then simply throw it away. The beautiful part about cooking bacon in the oven, you can throw away the aluminum foil with the bacon grease pooled up inside the foil. Whatever you do, however, do not pour the grease down your sink drain or else you risk clogging it. It’s always better to save that grease for future use!
If you need ideas on how to use your grease, check out our article!