Bacon is pretty great, but the process of cooking it can get a little greasy -- even painful (why do those tiny specks of boiling oil always go straight for my eye?).
There are many different ways to cook bacon, and they are all good. Different situations call for differently cooked bacon. Here's one method we think you'll like, especially on those days when you're not really feeling the clean-up. Here's owner Tom Stachecki's take on how to make spatter-free bacon. Use for breakfast, burgers, whatever you like!
Another cool thing about bacon is leftovers taste just as good and can be used in so many dishes.
Spatter-Free Oven BaconI like both baked and pan-fried bacon. Baked has easier cleanup, and, you can cook higher quantities at once.
Step 1: Paper Towels & Parchment
Position rack to middle of oven, & preheat to 350 F degrees.
First put two layers of paper towel under a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet/jelly-roll pan. Lay the bacon across on the parchment paper across the pan, edge to edge. Do not put bacon directly on paper towel unless you want to eat paper towel bacon.
Paper towels will absorb the bacon grease, and when cooled, can be thrown in the trash. No need for a grease-can!
Step 2: Bake the Bacon
Total bake time: 20 minutes.
Put your pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Use metal tongs or a fork to flip bacon over, then bake for 10 more minutes or until desired done-ness. If you're cooking in a convection oven, you may want to diminish baking time slightly.
Remove from oven.
Let bacon sit for 1-2 minutes to finish cooking.
Step 3: Quick Cleanup & Serve
Remove the bacon from the parchment with tongs and place on a paper towel-covered plate (to absorb any excess grease).
For easy clean-up, you can toss the grease-soaked paper-towels from your cookie sheet in the trash (make sure they're cooled).
Simply wipe the cookie sheet clean with another paper towel and done. No nasty grease in the sink.