How to Cook Bacon Without Making a Mess

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Bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes, check after 12 minutes.

I love streaky bacon. I don’t particularly love cleaning up the mess on the cooker afterwards though. But there is an easy, mess-free way to do this. Pop your streaky bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet, and you’ll find that this same bacon hardly shoots a drop of fat anywhere. Yes, it will sizzle and it will bubble but it won’t go into fits and spurt all over the place. Here’s how you do it.

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F. Adjust one oven rack to the lower third of your oven. While the oven heats, line a baking sheet with foil so you have minimal clean-up of your pan afterwards.

Place each strip of bacon side-by-side, as close as you wish, but not overlapping. They cook together and stick if they touch.

When the oven comes up to temperature, pop the baking sheet with the bacon on to the rack (in the lower third of the oven) and bake for 15-20 minutes or so. The amount of time depends on how thick your bacon is, so start checking at about 12 minutes … and don’t walk away from it. It turns crispy and golden quite quickly at this point.

When the bacon is cooked to your liking, drain it on kitchen paper. Let the fat on the foil-lined baking sheet cool and solidify, and then toss it out. Or save it for use later.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Neat! When I indulge nowadays, I get the fully cooked kind because it’s less mess.

  2. b_young says:

    If you lay your bacon in a wire rack, you get it “lowfat” (and only need to blot it a bit). Oven is the only way to do bacon for a mob. No turning.

    1. Misky says:

      I’m trying the wire rack next time. Good idea.

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