You’ve heard it said that my husband brings home the bacon and I fry it in a pan.

That’s not really true.

Actually, I bake his bacon in my oven.

I’ve been making bacon like this for 22 years. In fact, it is such second nature to me that I’m always surprised to learn that some people don’t know how to do this.

I learned it while waitressing at The Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, back in the late 80s and early 90s during my college summers. Dot and ‘Ceelie taught me. They learned it from their mama, Miss Helen Dickerson and have been doing it that way forever. It is the only way to make bacon for a large restaurant crowd.

Baking your bacon in the oven is easy to do and easy to clean up. The bacon cooks evenly and doesn’t splatter, so less mess and less burns. And while it’s baking, you can tend to your other breakfast dishes. It’s really a no brainer. Just bake it.

Here’s the dealio:

1. Preheat your oven to 425°.

2. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. 

TIP: Keep your bacon in the refrigerator until you are ready to place it on the baking sheet. The colder the bacon, the easier it is to use. Room temperature bacon is slippery and slimy.

3. Lay your bacon out on the foil covered baking sheet. We use a metal jelly roll pan. It’s okay for the bacon to touch each other, but try not to overlap it or it will end up sticking together.

4. Stick it in the oven on the middle rack. Check it after 12 minutes, but you might need to cook it for 14-15 minutes, depending on how thick it is and how crispy you like it.

5. When you pull the tray out, transfer the pieces of bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Use another paper towel to blot the top of the bacon.

I decided to keep the bacon grease this time for future use. We poured it into a mason jar and we’ll keep it in the freezer. (When it’s frozen, it will look much less like a urine sample. Thanks Keeley!) It will be perfect for a batch of fried corn later this week.

But if you aren’t going to keep your bacon grease, you can just toss your blotting paper towels onto the greasy foil tray and then ball up the foil and toss it in the trash. Voilá, your clean up is done.

And now, the money shot:

Ta-DOW!

Looking for more advanced bacon baking moves? Try heart shaped bacon bites, bacon cups, or bacon weaving.

And if you’re seeking to take your bacon obsession to the next level, perhaps you would consider a bacon bra. Nothing says “Nice to meat you!” like bacon scented boobies.

That is all.

-Iris

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