Confession time; I love bacon and my husband loves bacon. The only downside is the spatter of grease and the fact that my entire house smells for hours. While I do love bacon, I do not love the smell of bacon lingering, especially when I have company coming over for brunch. So, I did what any bacon lover would do and found a better solution—cooking the bacon in the oven. Wouldn’t you know, not only is it faster in the oven, but you eliminate that lingering smell and the clean-up is a breeze.
Bacon in the Oven Method:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a baking sheets with a deep lip in tinfoil. I usually do two layers of tinfoil to make clean-up easy. Lay cold strips of meat across the baking sheet. It is okay to squish the strips close together as they will shrink as they cook. Cook in the oven for 7-8 minutes to get perfectly crisp bacon. I like my bacon really crispy so I usually pull some out for my husband and then cook the remaining for an extra few minutes.
Remove each strip leaving the hot grease in the pan. Once the grease cools, you can roll up the tinfoil for easy mess free clean up. Not only does this method eliminate the grease splatter, but you will be shocked by how minimal the smell is in your home using this method.
We celebrated Father’s Day at my house this year. The husband and I cooked brunch for about a dozen people and we put this oven method to the test and whipped up three pounds of bacon in 10 minutes. I saved on stove top space and I was not embarrassed by the smell of my house as everyone ate.
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