Perfectly Baked Bacon

Marla Meridith

July 15, 2013

HOW TO: Perfectly Baked Bacon |

Most of you know by now that I am crazy obsessed with bacon. My Instagram posts follow this kinda pattern…photos of Telluride, cocktails and my true love…smoky bacon.

I cook it many times per week, only problem is all the splatters ALL over my stove top. Not to mention I am freaked that I am gonna get a bacon grease splatter burn.

Not any more. Now I am obsessed with BAKED Bacon. A foolproof way to get your bacon on…


How to: Perfectly Baked Bacon |


This post is BACON PORN. You need to just indulge. If you are smitten by smoked piggy then you are in the right place.

I am so smitten I even wear tee shirts with pigs on em…


Marla Meridith |


I also have a Bacon Pinterest Board …you can follow that. It’s updated regularly.

If you are not into pig then please come back on Wednesday when I will share a cool ‘n creamy treat.

But for now it’s bacon.


How to: Perfectly Baked Bacon |


All you need to do:

  • Pre-Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle.
  • Lay bacon flat on a foil or parchment covered baking sheet. (This will make clean up so much easier!)
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes depending on how thickly cut your bacon or to desired doneness.
  • Bacon will begin to curl & crisp up but be sure it does not burn.
  • Turn the pan once during baking so your strips brown evenly.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer bacon to paper towel lined plates to drain.

How to: Perfectly Baked Bacon |


What are a few of my bacon brands? Well I try to go as natural as possible…Niman Ranch & Applegate Farms are two favorites.

Living here in the mountains there is always a reason to bake bacon (or at least I say so.) The mornings are crisp and very bacon friendly…so are the afternoons and evenings.

Bacon is on virtually all my salads, and it is awesome on this orzo pasta too…


Creamy Orzo Pasta with Bacon & Fava beans on


Don’t forget to add some to your grilled cheese


Mmmmm....Grilled Cheese with Bacon |


Bacon is crazy good on Irish Nachos too…


Irish Nachos | a delicious gluten-free Recipe on


Let it be known that bacon often does not get to the recipe it’s meant for.

Fingers reach, grab and munch very quickly…


How to: Perfectly Baked Bacon |


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  • Maria
    Posted at 06:59h, 15 July

    No bacon for me, but my boys love it! Josh bakes it too!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:04h, 15 July

      Awesome girl….I bet those boys love it 😉

  • MIZ
    Posted at 06:59h, 15 July

    I bake my hard boiled,errr, baked eggs and now they will have company 🙂

  • Tieghan
    Posted at 07:06h, 15 July

    I love to bake bacon! So much cleaner and easier than frying!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 07:18h, 15 July

    this is making me soo hungry!!!

  • Madeline
    Posted at 07:27h, 15 July

    Does the bacon ever splatter while in your oven? We’ve had that happen with other things, and then it ends up baked on the oven walls! Still, if you have to clean something either way, the oven alternative is definitely safer for the hands.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 07:31h, 15 July

    BLTs for dinner it is!! 🙂 So happy to have found this, I hate hate double hate cooking bacon but I sure do LOVE eating it!

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking)
    Posted at 07:36h, 15 July

    I so need a bacon fix now!

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 07:40h, 15 July

    Oh baby, I love bacon. Gotta try baking it next time! xoxo

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 08:18h, 15 July

    I love baking bacon to get rid of the grease on the stove top, but sometimes in splatters in my oven too? Maybe I will try a lower temperature?

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste?
    Posted at 09:12h, 15 July

    I’ve always wanted to try this method of cooking bacon. Does it splatter all over the oven though? I think I’d rather clean the stove than the oven. 😉

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:21h, 15 July

      Leah…yes it does splatter. Way easier to handle though. And yes, much easier to clean the oven!

  • Robert
    Posted at 09:18h, 15 July

    I love to bake bacon. It’s easier and it tastes great when I make it in the toaster oven.

  • Teawench
    Posted at 09:29h, 15 July

    I tried baking my bacon once and it was a miserable failure. I ended up with bacon bits because it stuck to everything.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain
    Posted at 09:35h, 15 July

    I’m completely smitten with baking bacon! It’s so much easier to do and clean up is a breeze! Love the bacon shirt!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
    Posted at 10:11h, 15 July

    Love bacon too!!! Yummy post!

  • Mr. & Mrs. P
    Posted at 10:12h, 15 July

    Thanks for the tips!! Beautiful cooked bacon.. Much easier than cooking it in a pan!!

  • Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    Posted at 10:42h, 15 July

    This is my favorite way as well. I usually do 350 and it takes almost 1/2 hour. I am trying your 400F method next time!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen
    Posted at 14:12h, 15 July

    Wonderful tutorial post, Marla! And, I just adore that selfie shot with your facial expression and pig t-shirt on. You are my kind of woman. The Big Lug and I bake bacon at least once a week. It’s a big part of the paleo lifestyle…which I ‘try’ to adhere to at least 80 percent of the time. Thanks for sharing, girl! And, thanks so very much for the blog and Pinterest love for my Baked Beans – Cowboy Style. You ROCK! xo

  • Nessa
    Posted at 15:37h, 15 July

    That bacon looks awesome!

  • Phreaq
    Posted at 15:53h, 15 July

    I make bacon a lot, maybe too much, but this is by far the best method. It frees you up to do other things and comes out perfect, with no mess.

    Live a little and sprinkle brown sugar and/or maple syrup on the bacon.

  • Kiran @
    Posted at 17:27h, 15 July

    Yummy! What’s not to love about bacon, now that it’s easier with cleanups!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    Posted at 18:25h, 15 July

    Now I want some baked bacon and that Orzo Salad.

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    Posted at 20:26h, 15 July

    I also make my bacon like this except I used my convection toaster oven. I place it on a rack so the grease drips into the pan underneath. That way I get crispy bacon! I use the broil button which lasts about 15 minutes. Then I flip the bacon over and broil for 15 more minutes. Perfectly done everytime!

    I make my bacon at home in the toaster oven now while prepping for our camping trips. Then all we have to do at the campsite is heat it up on the electric skillet….quick, easy and much less mess!! Most of the grease has already cooked out of it. 🙂

  • Gaby
    Posted at 21:34h, 15 July


  • Kate@Diethood
    Posted at 23:00h, 15 July

    It’s 1 a.m…. I want BACON! Looks SO juicy and crunchy!

  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconut
    Posted at 07:54h, 16 July

    We bake bacon too; in fact it was the very first thing we baked in our new ovens in our new house. Had to break in them with something good!! We also just bought a share of a pastured pig and I am going to learn how to cure my own bacon! So excited!

  • Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted at 12:37h, 16 July

    Mmmmm! Marla, looks amazing!

  • Heather @ French Press
    Posted at 18:07h, 16 July

    LOVE my bacon and I NEED that shirt. you make bacon beautiful

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:41h, 17 July

      Why thank ya Heather!!!

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  • Nana
    Posted at 11:05h, 20 July

    I always bake bacon but you do it a little differently. I’m gonna try your way!

    By the way, THANK YOU for using a large easy to see font for printing. Those of us with a little sight deficit need that.

  • cindy
    Posted at 16:57h, 20 July

    I put foil (upside down) on cookie sheet! Then take a cookie cooling rack (sprayed with Pam on both sides, easier clean up). Place bacon on it bake @ 350 till desired doneness!!! Not much splatter & the bacon isn’t sitting in the grease as it cooks!!

  • Fred De Meyer
    Posted at 18:36h, 21 July

    I use a Hamilton Beach grill put it under the exhaust fan of the counter top
    Fold it out it out use both sides it will hold a package of Bacon when it is half cooked turn the bacon over when that side is half cooked place all the bacon on the side that does not fold drain the grease with the spatula provided on the side
    that folds close the folding side on the side that does not fold and continue to cook the bacon until desired crispness .
    Spattering is minimum I have never timed it

  • karrie
    Posted at 19:21h, 22 July

    Ok, so I pretty much bake my bacon the same way, except I put my metal wire cookie cooling racks in pan then put bacon on them. Less grease and nice and crispy! 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:42h, 23 July

      Great idea Karrie!! I shall try 🙂

  • Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes}
    Posted at 01:48h, 28 July

    So much bacon at one go.. This solves so so many problems 🙂

  • Brenda
    Posted at 09:37h, 29 September

    I also bake my bacon but I lay a cookie sheet with foil on the bottom of it on top of the bacon also. Helps with the splatter and keeps it flat and crispy….

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:14h, 29 September

      That is sooooo smart!!i will try that next time 🙂

  • Stacy
    Posted at 13:36h, 04 October

    When you say “turn the pan once…” Do you mean flip the bacon pieces over or just turn the pan around??

  • Tammy
    Posted at 23:59h, 23 December

    So, before you bake it I heard you can run the bacon under cold water and it cuts down the shrinkish by 50%, is that true?

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:52h, 24 December

      I have never heard this before, will check on Google though 🙂 Interesting!

  • Sandee
    Posted at 16:33h, 11 February

    Thank you. This totally saved my bacon. LOL

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:48h, 11 February

      Ha! Awesome 🙂

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    Posted at 04:11h, 21 February


  • Kaytee
    Posted at 11:45h, 10 July

    To prevent bacon grease splatter, I just covered the top of my bacon with another sheet of parchment paper. It works great!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:43h, 11 July

      Great idea & I will try that! Thanks Kaytee 🙂

  • Ralph
    Posted at 20:38h, 31 August

    Whatever you do, do NOT discard the bacon grease. If you are using good quality bacon (like Cracker Barrel) the grease will be flavoring for other recipes, like stews, soups and of course popcorn.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:14h, 01 September

      I’m with ya Ralph!

  • Kathy Johnson
    Posted at 05:33h, 06 September

    Thanks for sharing. I love the photos, too. P.S. I pinned this to my Pinterest bacon board! lol! Yay bacon!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 08:06h, 06 September

      Thanks so much Kathy!

  • Dawn Monroe
    Posted at 04:40h, 08 October

    I am a big bacon lover but i’ve never tried to bake it. Next time I will try it.That sandwich looks amazing btw.

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  • Kayla | Little Family Big Plains
    Posted at 20:53h, 30 September

    I’ve got to know, where did you get that shirt?!
    And thanks for the bacon tip! I will (hopefully) never again deal with cleaning bacon grease off my backsplash. Life saver.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 04:27h, 24 October

    I love your t-shirt 😀 .A really nice recipe, would try it with some twists.

  • Jillian
    Posted at 16:10h, 24 December

    I bake mine on a rack I bought at William Sonoma that fits inside a the half-sheet baking pan. That way the grease drains off the bacon. And then I blot with a paper towel after it’s done baking. I feel it’s healthier this way. Ha!

    See the Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch® Nonstick 6-Piece Essentials Bakeware Set which includes the rack and baking pan.

  • Scott
    Posted at 22:33h, 19 February

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