For perfect, evenly browned bacon, try baking it in the oven. Not only is the bacon perfectly cooked, there's no stovetop splatter and cleanup is a breeze.
Keep the plain or flavor it lightly with fresh ground pepper, brown sugar, or a drizzling of maple syrup.
- 12 to 16 ounces thick-sliced bacon, separated into strips
- Heat the oven to 375° F.
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet (half sheet size is good, or use two smaller pans) with foil or parchment paper. Place a cooling rack in the pan and arrange the bacon on the rack. If you don't have a rack to fit the pan, arrange the bacon on the foil or parchment paper.
- Bake for 26 to 30 minutes, until the bacon is nicely browned. Thin strips of bacon will take less time. When you start to smell the bacon, start watching.
Transfer the bacon strips to a paper towel-lined pan to drain.
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