Updated: Jan 21
I used to cook bacon the "normal" way: on the stovetop in a skillet, splattering bacon grease all over myself and the stove. Years ago, I discovered a better way: baking bacon in the oven! Baking bacon does take longer than cooking it on the stovetop, but it is SOOOOO easy, and there is much less mess.
How to Make Easier, Less Messy Baked Bacon
Move your oven rack to the bottom of the oven. This will allow the bacon to crisp up nicely in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Place 8-12 ounces of bacon in a 9X13 glass baking dish. My family's favorite bacon is Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Uncured Bacon. Spread the slices of bacon out as evenly as possible; it is fine that there will be a bit of overlap between the slices.
Bake the bacon on the bottom rack for 30-40 minutes, until it is done to your preferred level of crispiness.
Remove the bacon from the oven once it is as crispy as you prefer.
If desired, the bacon can be moved to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain off the excess bacon grease.
Serve and enjoy!
If desired, save the leftover bacon grease for future cooking needs.
Soak the glass baking dish in warm, soapy water for easy cleanup.
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