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How to Bake Bacon in the Oven in 12 Minutes

Serves Serves 6     adjust servings



  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line your pan with plenty of aluminum foil for easy clean up. (Or don't. I just wash the pan. No big deal.)
  3. Lay out your bacon in one layer on the pan. No need to grease the pan. Bacon is basically grease, so you're good.
  4. Arrange the strips as close to each other as you can. Touching is fine, but don't overlap. I usually can get 1 or 2 strips at the bottom of the pan, perpendicular to the rest.
  5. Bake at 400 on the middle rack. If you use regular bacon, it will take about 10 minutes. (I always buy thick cut, that's going to be more like 12-14 minutes.) Either way, check on it after 10 minutes. Then set the timer again until it's done to the crispiness level that you like. The darker it gets, the crispier it will be. Feel free to take one out and test it.
  6. When it's done, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. My rule for baking bacon is to always bake a full pan. If you need 4 strips for your recipe, you're wrong. You actually need 4 strips plus 2 or 5 to snack on while you cook. (Seriously though, throw the rest in the fridge and eat it for breakfast tomorrow. You won't regret it.)
  8. If you want your life to be amazing, funnel all the bacon grease you just made into a mason jar and store it in the fridge. Then use it next time you make The Best Pancakes I've Ever Made. It keeps a long time in the fridge (several weeks.)