The oven method of cooking bacon is by far the easiest and cleanest way you can choose to prepare perfect strips of bacon: (no splatters of bacon grease on the stove or on you either.) Best of all, when you cook bacon in the oven, the end result is perfectly flat, crispy, evenly browned strips that are picture perfect and gorgeous to behold.
Besides cooking bacon that looks as good as the bacon you see in an advertisement, baking bacon in the oven is a great way to prepare bacon for a crowd.You can cook two or three baking sheets of bacon at one time and have enough to serve 12 – 15 guests. By placing bacon on a rack, the fat will drip down onto the pan leaving your strips crisp and healthier than if you fry it in a pan.
All you need is a baking sheet and a wire rack or broiler pan and you’re set. If you are using thin sliced bacon it will take less cooking time than thick or slab bacon. Keep an eye on the progress so you don’t over crisp or burn the bacon.
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2) Line your baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
3) Lay your bacon on the rack without overlapping slices
4) Bake until crisp and brown about 10 minutes.
Save your bacon fat by pouring it from the pan into a cheese-cloth covered strainer positioned over an old coffee mug or small jug, and cover and store in the refrigerator when cooled.
A teaspoon of bacon fat can take bland green beans and elevate them to superstars. Steam your beans, drain them well, then place the beans into a skillet with the bacon fat and toss until the beans glisten and beans are hot.
Bacon has a magnificent taste, but we know we have to be reasonable and not eat it every day. Small amounts of bacon fat can be safely used for flavoring foods, but large amounts of bacon fat used for frying foods is unhealthy and fattening. Once in a while though, bacon is the perfect side dish for your breakfast meal and nothing else will do.
Recently bacon has become a favorite “side” at some high end steak houses where they broil it, then douse it in house barbecue sauce. A heart attack on the plate, as they say, but again, something once in your life you might want to try.
Here’s a recipe that’s much healthier than steak house bacon slabs, but still is the type of treat you should save for special occasions and not incorporate into your weekly menu. It will be hard to keep this a once in a while recipe after you taste it.
Brown Sugar Pig Candy
In a shallow dish combine:
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 pound of bacon preferably thick-cut bacon
Lay your coated strips of bacon on the rack and cook as above. Cayenne and black pepper are not needed if you want to please the little ones and they find this recipe too spicy.
You may want to lower your oven temperature by 25 degrees if the sugar seems to be browning too fast.
Another easy method of sugaring bacon is to baste each strip with maple sugar. Sweet!