Perfectly Baked Bacon

by Marla on July 15, 2013 · 53 comments

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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 fool proof 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 |

Perfectly Baked Bacon

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Perfectly Baked Bacon


  • 1 pound (16 ounces) sliced Bacon


  • 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.

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria July 15, 2013 at 6:59 am

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


2 Marla July 15, 2013 at 7:04 am

Awesome girl….I bet those boys love it 😉


3 MIZ July 15, 2013 at 6:59 am

I bake my hard boiled,errr, baked eggs and now they will have company :-)


4 Tieghan July 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

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


5 Julie @ Table for Two July 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

this is making me soo hungry!!!


6 Madeline July 15, 2013 at 7:27 am

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.


7 Jessica July 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

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!


8 Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

I so need a bacon fix now!


9 Jenny Flake July 15, 2013 at 7:40 am

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


10 HeatherChristo July 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

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?


11 Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 15, 2013 at 9:12 am

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. 😉


12 Marla July 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

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


13 Robert July 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

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


14 Teawench July 15, 2013 at 9:29 am

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


15 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain July 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

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


16 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch July 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

Love bacon too!!! Yummy post!


17 Mr. & Mrs. P July 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

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


18 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) July 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

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!


19 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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


20 Nessa July 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm

That bacon looks awesome!


21 Phreaq July 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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.


22 Kiran @ July 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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


23 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Now I want some baked bacon and that Orzo Salad.


24 Denise @ Creative Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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. :)


25 Gaby July 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm



26 Kate@Diethood July 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

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


27 Shanna@ pineapple and coconut July 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

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!


28 Marian (Sweetopia) July 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Mmmmm! Marla, looks amazing!


29 Heather @ French Press July 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

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


30 Marla July 17, 2013 at 5:41 am

Why thank ya Heather!!!


31 Nana July 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

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.


32 cindy July 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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!!


33 Fred De Meyer July 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

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


34 karrie July 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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! :)


35 Marla July 23, 2013 at 5:42 am

Great idea Karrie!! I shall try :)


36 Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes} July 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

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


37 Brenda September 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

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….


38 Marla September 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

That is sooooo smart!!i will try that next time :)


39 Stacy October 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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


40 Tammy December 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm

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?


41 Marla December 24, 2013 at 6:52 am

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


42 Sandee February 11, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Thank you. This totally saved my bacon. LOL


43 Marla February 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Ha! Awesome :)


44 Linda had a little Lamb February 21, 2014 at 4:11 am



45 Kaytee July 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

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


46 Marla July 11, 2014 at 4:43 am

Great idea & I will try that! Thanks Kaytee :)


47 Ralph August 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

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.


48 Marla September 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

I’m with ya Ralph!


49 Kathy Johnson September 6, 2014 at 5:33 am

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


50 Marla September 6, 2014 at 8:06 am

Thanks so much Kathy!


51 Dawn Monroe October 8, 2014 at 4:40 am

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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