Baking bacon?  It may not have been our original method, but over the years we've discovered there are several advantages if someone is to bake bacon in the oven over frying it on the stove. For one, if you bake bacon in the oven, it results in a more even cook, which is especially important for cooking a big batch—a pound, for instance.

Another reason to bake bacon is you don't have to watch it cook - there’s less need to supervise a tray of bacon in the oven than a skillet with boiling grease! And finally, cleanup is much simpler when you were able to bake bacon vs. frying.

Here are fool-proof ways to bake bacon - and cook it perfect every time!

How to Bake Sliced Bacon

Step 1. Adjust oven rack so it is in the middle of the oven.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3. Arrange slices to bake bacon on a slotted broiler tray with a catch tray beneath to catch grease*.

Step 4. Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on desired crispiness, checking occasionally.

Step 5. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined platter.

Step 6. Transfer to a plate and serve.

*Alternatively, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then place a baking rack on the sheet and arrange bacon on the rack.

How to bake bacon - Maple Country Bacon

How to Bake Thick Sliced Bacon

Step 1. Adjust oven rack so it is in the middle of the oven.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3. Arrange and bake thick cut bacon on a slotted broiler tray with a catch tray beneath to catch grease*.

Step 4. Cook for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness and desired crispiness, checking occasionally.

Step 5. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined platter.

Step 6. Transfer to a plate and serve.

*Alternatively, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, then place a baking rack on the sheet and arrange bacon on the rack.

How to Bake Bacon - Original Bacon Steak

If you choose to bake Burgers' Smokehouse bacon, the best bacon in our opinion, you will notice that you have far less dripping and end up with more of your slice vs. traditional grocery store bacon.  This is because we dry cure our bacon & add no water, which means more bacon for you to eat!

Not as well known in some parts of the country, but just as tasty, is jowl bacon.  Just like it sounds, it's sliced from the pork jowl before it's dry rubbed, cured, and sold as a portion or sliced.  It's delicious baked in your oven too - see below!

How to Bake Jowl Bacon

Step 1. Adjust oven rack so it is in the middle of the oven.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3. Cut the jowl into ¼-inch-wide slices or arrange the pre-sliced jowl bacon.

Step 4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 5. Arrange the jowl strips on the baking sheet at least 1/2 inch apart.

Step 6. Cover the bacon with another sheet of parchment paper.

Step 7. Place another rimmed baking sheet on top of the paper-covered bacon.

Step 8. Place a baking dish or oven-safe bowl with dry beans or other oven-safe weight of approximately 2-3 pounds on top of the second baking sheet.

Step 9. Bake the jowl for 18-20 minutes, checking occasionally for doneness.

Step 10. For additional crispiness, back the jowl uncovered to render out more fat.

Step 11. Remove the bacon from the oven & transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined platter.

Step 12. Blot bacon with an additional paper towel & transfer to a plate and serve.

Once you have your cooking method mastered, then you can move to the fun part of picking your favorite flavor, such as, maple baconpeppered bacon and more.

And if baking slices are not your thing - check out bacon ends and pieces as an ingredient or cooking bacon wrapped filetmignon.  The good news - is we have it all available for you!