Easy ‘NO MESS’ Way to Cook Crispy Bacon in the Oven My Way or Like Rachael Ray – HINT: My Way Is Better… and CLEANER With NO Grease Splatters Or Mess To Clean Up.
Updated on September 28, 2021
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I love the way Rachael Ray cooks bacon in the oven, but I figured out how to do it BETTER.
Below I’ll share my secret way of cooking bacon in the oven and NOT have a big ol’ mess to clean up afterwards AND show how Rachael Ray cooks bacon in the oven (and you’ll see why my way is better).
If you want an easy way to cook a whole pound of bacon at one time, not need to turn/flip your bacon, NOT have your bacon curl up and NOT have a mess to clean up AFTER cooking your bacon – read on, I’m about to share my secret with you.
Cooking Bacon In The Oven
There are quite a few different ways to cook bacon in the oven. Some use foil, some use parchment paper, some use special pans etc. Let’s talk about the cleanest way to cook bacon in the oven and compare that to how Rachael Ray does it as well as some other methods you can try to cook bacon in the oven.
Here are some common questions and answers about cooking bacon in the oven.
☑ How Long Does It Take To Cook Bacon in the Oven?
When cooking bacon in your oven, it will take about 15 or 20 minutes to get done and crispy. Of course, the thickness of your bacon slices will come into play (the thicker the piece of bacon, the longer it will take to cook). As a general rule, I always check my bacon about 12 minutes or so into cooking and then take it from there.
☑ Can You Cook Bacon on Parchment Paper in the Oven?
Yes, you can use parchment paper when cooking bacon in your oven. In fact, many people say that using BOTH parchment paper AND foil is how they cook their bacon in the oven without making a mess. But MY secret to No Mess Oven Bacon is a bit different (I’ll share MY way below)
☑ What Type Of Pan Should I Use To Cook Bacon in the Oven?
A regular baking sheet is fine to cook bacon in the oven, but it still might make a mess. I use THIS pan for No Mess Oven Bacon
☑ How Does Rachael Ray Cook Bacon in the Oven?
When Rachael Ray cooks bacon in her oven, she uses a slotted broiler pan like this, then she cooks her bacon for about 15-18 minutes at 375 degrees.
Here’s how Rachael Ray cooks bacon in the oven step by step:
- Preheat oven to 375
- Open bacon package
- Use THIS kind of pan
- Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray
- Put strips of bacon on pan
- Put pan in preheated oven
- Bake until crisp – 15-18 minutes
- Take bacon off pan
- Clean messy greasy pan
- Wipe down greasy messy oven
☑ How To Cook TURKEY Bacon in the Oven?
If you want to cook turkey bacon in the oven without a making a mess, cook it like I shared here. It works perfectly for turkey bacon in the oven too!
☑ Can You Cook Bacon in the Oven WITHOUT Preheating?
Many have asked me how to cook bacon in the oven without preheating. If you’re going to cook bacon in the oven, you need to preheat the oven first because your bacon may not cook evenly and might burn on some parts.
Secret to No Mess Oven Bacon
You’ll read a LOT of different ways to cook bacon in the oven without making a mess, but very few share MY secret to the “No Mess” part.
I’ve tried MANY ways to cook perfect, flat, crispy, non-greasy bacon in my oven, and this is what worked for me.
The secret is…
Yep, it’s THE trick that works.
How I Cook Bacon in Oven WITHOUT Mess
Here’s what you’ll need to cook bacon in the oven without making a huge mess:
- One Pound of Bacon
- Cookie Sheet/Baking Sheet
- Baking Rack/Cookie Rack
- Aluminum Foil
- Cooking Spray
- An Oven (haha!)
Here’s how I cook bacon in the oven WITHOUT a mess:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Completely line (ie, OVER the edges of the pan) this type of pan with foil
- Put the rack on top of the foil-lined pan
- Spray the rack with cooking spray to make clean up SUPER easy
- Lay your bacon strips on the rack
- Put the pan of bacon in the oven
- Bake until crispy – about 11-24 minutes.
(note: it’s ok if the bacon strips overlap or touch each other – bacon shrinks when it’s cooked)
The reason the cooking times vary is because every oven cooks a little differently and cooking time depends on thickness of bacon and how crispy YOU want your bacon cooked.
As a general rule, I check on my bacon about 12 minutes after its been cooking to see how it’s going.
No need to turn or flip the bacon as it cooks this way in the oven, either.
When your bacon is cooked the way you like it, take it out of the oven, place pieces on paper towels in you want to, rinse off the rack, put it in the dishwasher, pull out the foil carefully to contain the grease and throw it away.
Why does MY way of cooking bacon in the oven make LESS mess?
Simple – the bacon is NOT cooking IN it’s own grease – and that’s what causes all the MESS and grease splatter that happens when cooking bacon.
If you cook your bacon in the oven my way, you will NOT have all that grease splatter all over the place.
As an added benefit, baking your bacon my way also makes you bacon less greasy – just crisp, flat and perfect.
Here is the way most people cook bacon in the oven – but it DOES make a mess.
If you don’t mind some mess of grease in your oven, this video shows how most people bake their bacon: