I like bacon. Everyone likes bacon! Even vegetarians! Why else would there be so many vegetarian/vegan bacon imitations out there?
While I like bacon, I do not like making a mess while cooking bacon. This is why I love to cook bacon in the oven. It’s really easy to get that crispy bacon that I love, without all the splattering onto every nearby surface and my clothes while I cook it.
The best way to cook bacon that I have found is to use a broiler pan. I even go one step further and line the bottom with aluminum foil. If you don’t have extra-wide aluminum foil, you can take two regular sized pieces repeatedly fold them together along one edge to form a larger sheet. If you do it right, you can catch all the grease in the foil. When you are done cooking, let the bottom part cool to room temperature and place it into the fridge to cool. Once the leftover grease solidifies, just fold up the foil and toss it in the trash! My broiler pan is a little smaller, so it usually takes two batches to cook a pound of thinly sliced bacon.
I really like the lack of mess and ease of cleaning up from cooking bacon this way, but cooking it is easy as well! Once you know exactly how long it takes to cook to your crunchiness preference in your oven, you really don’t have to do anything! There’s no need to flip it while cooking, stop and drain excess oil, just let it be and wait for the timer to go off!
1) Get your broiler pan out and line the bottom with aluminum foil
2) Lay out your bacon on the broiler pan (it’s okay for it to be touching a little, it will shrink as it cooks)
3) Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, then place the pan and bacon into the oven
4) Cook for 15-25 minutes (time will depend on your oven and crunchiness preference)