Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!

The first thing you would smell entering my grandmother’s house when I was a kid was bacon. She must have fried it up once or twice a day. She even kept the drippings (which she used to cook everything in) in an large mason jar on a shelf over the stove. I mean why cook with olive oil or butter when you’ve got bacon grease on hand? Bonkers good!

There are pros and cons to the different ways of cooking bacon, but as this video will show you whether you choose to do it on the stove top or in the oven, it’s easy to turn out incredibly crispy, crunchy scrumptiousness whenever the mood suits you!

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. If you read other “How to cook crispy bacon articles” almost all will advise using a thick heavy cast iron skillet and adding just enough water to cover the bottom of the frying pan. This is done after putting in the bacon and of course before heating. This renders the fat to keep spatter at a minimum and protects against burning.. Check it out! Also, on weekends or when time permits cook it outside on a deck or patio if available, in an electric skillet, In a small home the smell, while pleasant for a while can linger forever, and if you do burn it, no lingering burnt and smoke oder in your home. I tried your recommended oven method curled ends and yummy crispy bacon.

  2. update: I followed the directions for this recipe but the bacon was still soft after 20 min. So I just turned off the oven and left the bacon in for 30 min more to see what would happen and it became nice and crispy. yummm.

  3. So glad you posted this recipe. I was about to make the bacon and cheese waffles in your cookbook. Thanks!

  4. One trick I have learned in my years of cooking bacon is to put the bacon in a COLD oven and turn it to 400 degrees. So just like you suggested but don’t preheat the oven. Still takes about 20 minutes or a little less depending on thickness of bacon. I also take it out when it looks 90-95% crisp b/c it will keep cooking and crisping a little bit after it comes out of the oven. The cold oven technique also doesn’t make as much of a mess in your oven 🙂

  5. I refuse to cook bacon cause I tend to burn it like you said. BUT, I’ve never tried the oven. I can’t wait to try it in a 400 degree oven for 20 mins. THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION! I’m so happy!

  6. I’m with you! Mine takes much longer to cook in the pan. I have to cook mine at a little lower temp, though, otherwise it burns every time.

  7. 3 minutes each side in the pan? Maybe I have too much bacon in the pan – I put the whole package in a large fry pan on the stove, but it seems to take forever to cook crisp – no way its going to be done in 6 minutes.

  8. whats a small oven grill? It looked like a cooling rack to me – can a cooling rack be used in the oven?

  9. Awesome! I never thought of using a small oven grill for bacon. Perfect! I have always made my bacon in the oven but just on foil and it gets messy and also never as crisp as I would like. Thank you.

  10. Our twins love bacon and I’ve been cooking it in the oven forever. It’s so much easier than cooking on top of the stove. No spatters to deal with and it doesn’t curl up on you.

  11. Thank u for this vid. We LOVE bacon in our family. It is SO important however to insist on quality: no nitrates or nitrites from pastured pigs. Even the ‘natural’ brands have ‘celery extract’ which is a nitrate. We pay a little more but quality is totally worth it. 🙂

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