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The Best Bacon


The Best Bacon
This morning, Jon told me that the bacon that I had made was the best ever. So, I thought that I’d share my method. I know that some of you don’t cook bacon at home and I understand that it is much easier and your house doesn’t smell if you buy that ready-made kind. But, I like the texture of homemade bacon so much better that I always cook my own.

Favorite Brands: Hormel Black Label, Farmland Hickory Bacon, Oscar Meyer.

The best bacon is made in the oven at 350. Get a big jellyroll pan with sides. Place the bacon on the sheet (line the sheet with aluminum foil if you want easier cleanup). Put it in the oven and bake it for about 7 minutes. Take it out of the oven and turn each piece over. Put it back in the oven until it is done to your liking. We like our bacon just shy of nearly burnt. How’s that for vague instructions? If you like bacon, I urge you to give it a try.

Mmmmm. Bacon.


  1. I think Farmland is what Cook’s Illustrated rated their highest wasn’t it? I like it ’cause it’s nice and cheap at Sam’s! But I’ve never made it in the oven. That would be a lot less messy than frying wouldn’t it? I shall have to try it. This is usually bacon season for us as we love BLT’s, but the bleepity bleep squirrels keep stealing them off the vine before they’re ripe! Maybe we’ll just have to settle for BL’s?

  2. I like to cook bacon in the oven, too, but I cook it on the broiler pan so that the fat drips down into the bottom. Regardless of the pan, you’re right about oven cooked bacon – it’s delicious, and I’ve never gotten a grease burn cooking it that way.

  3. * they don’t sell farmland here in nc. which means i don’t eat as much bacon. because it really is the best.

  4. Yes, Cook’s Illustrated gave Farmland top ratings, and we love it, but it’s really hard to find here! We cook our bacon in the oven too, also at 350. We have a stoneware pan from Pampered Chef that is our official bacon-baking pan (the SmockLady also bakes her shortbread in it). We never turn ours over, though. I just cook it for about 20 minutes (I guess: I’ve never really timed it).

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