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Bakin’ Bacon

Bakin’ Bacon

I’m certain there are people in the world who don’t like bacon, but I’ve yet to meet them. So for the rest of us, this is ultimate in making bacon! Topped with freshly cracked black pepper, sweetened or spiced!

I’ve been cooking bacon this way for years. I touched on this method in the early years of our blog but I’m asked about it frequently so felt it was worthy of an update. There are several advantages for cooking bacon in the oven. First, it’s a great way to handle a large batch which is a frequent need when we all get together. Then there’s the cleanup. Though you might have some spatter in the oven it’s minimal compared to the mess that comes from frying. But most importantly – you can season to your heart’s content. Add any and all the spices and flavors you want to each individual slice.

Some of our favorites include freshly cracked black pepper plus a sprinkling of brown sugar for the sweet and savory route. Add if you like a bit of spice, add a dash of honey chipotle or cayenne pepper. Then if you want to get really rich – brush on some maple syrup. The result is bacon that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch, but also makes a great unexpected appetizer or a delightful addition to your Bloody Mary!

When buying bacon there are several great products on the market. One of my “go to” picks is Pederson’s Natural Farms. Their meats are free from any growth hormones or antibiotics and they use only natural seasonings. Two delicious bacons include their Uncured Applewood Smoked Bacon and the Uncured Cherry Smoked Bacon. Plus, they’re from the Lone Star State and that’s always a great thing!

To prepare bacon in the oven there’s a few tools you’ll need on hand. A large rimmed baking sheet – also referred to as a “half sheet pan” – lined with heavy-duty foil for easy cleanup. Plus a sturdy wire rack – the type typically used for cooling breads and cookies. Spray the rack with a bit of cooking spray which also helps when it’s time to do the dishes.  And that’s it!

This is way too easy not to do – customize a batch for your bacon lovers!

Baked Bacon

Adjust the number of  slices depending on the amount of bacon you need – 10 slices fit easily on a large wire rack.

10 slices thick slice bacon

1 to 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste

Use one or more optional toppings to suit your taste:

1 tablespoon Brown sugar

¼ teaspoon Honey chipotle spice or cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons Maple syrup

Line a large rimmed baking sheet – about 18” x 13” – with heavy-duty foil. Place a full size wire rack – about 17” x 12” – over the top of the baking sheet. Lightly spray the wire rack with a cooking spray. Lay the bacon strips across the wire rack. Season each slice with cracked black pepper.

Sprinkle or brush on any additional toppings you want to use.

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon and your desired crispiness.

Baked Bacon, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

September 12, 2018
: 10 slices

This is ultimate in making bacon! Topped with freshly cracked black pepper, sweetened or spiced - you pick!

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Ingredients
  • Adjust the number of slices depending on the amount of bacon you need - 10 slices fit easily on a large wire rack.
  • 10 slices thick sliced bacon
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • Use one or more optional toppings to suit your taste:
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Honey chipotle spice or cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
Directions
  • Step 1 Line a large rimmed baking sheet – about 18” x 13” – with heavy-duty foil. Place a full size wire rack – about 17” x 12” – over the top of the baking sheet. Lightly spray the wire rack with a cooking spray.
  • Step 2 Lay the bacon strips across the wire rack and season each slice with cracked black pepper.
  • Step 3 Sprinkle or brush on any additional toppings you want to use.
  • Step 4 Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon and your desired crispiness.


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