Bacon. It's amazing. You can add it to everything. The worst part about the deliciousness of bacon though, is the cooking process, as it can sometimes end in a big old greasy mess. Totally worth it, but not always much fun to clean up after brunch. The solution? Well I have two. Either buy our Bacon Bits to remove the cooking process altogether; or move the bacon to the oven for the best results every time and no mess.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Adjust the rack so that the bacon can cook in the lower third of the oven. If you are doing more than one pan, space out the racks evenly.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment, or don't if you think you'll miss the messy clean up. Lay the bacon on the baking sheet in a single layer; it can be close together as it shrinks, but don't overlap it or they will stick together.
- Place the baking sheet of bacon in the oven and bake until the bacon is deep golden-brown and crispy, depending on your oven this could take 12-25 minutes. I like to start checking at around 12 minutes and then pull it when it's the crispiness I like.
- Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer it to a plate lined with paper towels to drain and finish crisping. Use right away, or plan ahead and put it in the refrigerator to use all week.
- If you want to save the bacon fat, which you should because everything tastes better cooked in it, let it cool slightly, then pour it into a container and refrigerate. If you don't want to save the grease, let it solidify on the baking sheet, then crumple the foil around it and discard.