Check out the updated version of my bacon method here: How to Make Perfect Bacon with Zero Mess.
Bacon and butter make everything better.
Older Brother coined this phrase–recently, he’s added “and books” after “butter”, which just delights my soul–and loves to declare it with gusto at every opportunity. Of which there are many, as we love bacon, butter and all things cooked with said animal fats.
Here’s my favorite, time-saving, virtually mess-free method of cooking bacon. It (usually) keeps my baking sheets clean, and provides plenty of yummy drippings for later use. It also keeps my stove top clean, free from grease splatters. It saves time– I can place all the bacon in the oven at once, without having to stand at the stove tending batches of bacon.
This method also produces perfectly crisp bacon, which is how I like it. You can shorten the cooking time if you like softer bacon.
By the way, my favorite sources for high-quality, uncured bacon are:
- A local farm where we purchase our chicken and sausage
- US Wellness Meats–they’ve got fantastic sugar-free, uncured bacon
The Best Way to Cook Bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Line one or more baking sheets with aluminum foil.
- Arrange bacon in a single layer. It’s fine to overlap the slices a bit, as they’ll shrink up as they cook.
- Bake for about 25 minutes.
- Use tongs to remove bacon, and transfer to a plate or dish lined with paper towels.
- Allow the baking sheet and drippings to cool until safe to handle.
- Make sure you’ve got a jar (or bowls with lids) ready to go.
- Carefully fold up the sides of the aluminum foil, little by little, until you can pour the drippings from the foil into a bowl or jar.
- Pour all the drippings into your container and add the lid.
- I’m not positive on whether or not it’s crucial to store bacon drippings in the fridge. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t.
Now you’ve got bacon and bacon drippings, and you’re ready to cook up all kinds of yummy dishes. Because, as you know…
“Bacon and butter make everything better.”
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