Everyone loves bacon, but the cleanup can be a chore. If you’ve ever spent an hour scrubbing the stove after your latest greasy fry-up, you may be looking for ways to enjoy the marbled meat without the greasy cleanup at the end. So how do the pros do it?
For starters, you cook it in the oven, not in a frying pan on the stove-top. So the first thing you do is get out a big plate, and line it with paper towels. Next, take a baking sheet and line it with aluminum foil for cooking the bacon.
You won’t need to preheat the oven, but you will need to set it to about four hundred degrees. Line up the bacon on the foiled baking sheet without overlapping and then set it right into the oven on the middle shelf to start cooking.
Depending on how crispy you prefer your bacon, your cooking times will be different. Keep an eye on your bacon, and pull it out between twelve and seventeen minutes after you begin cooking. The longer you leave it in the oven, the drier and crispier it will be.
Once it’s done cooking, transfer the bacon onto the paper towels and let it cool. You will have a baking sheet with bacon grease that you can save for later cooking projects, or you can toss it out. The important thing is that the fat is contained, and unlike cooking bacon in a pan on the stove-top, there will be no greasy bacon-spatters to clean up.
When your bacon has cooled, take the paper towels from underneath it and put those in the baking sheet to start absorbing the grease. You can then fold the edges of the foil in around the towels, wrapping up all the leftover grease into a neat little pouch that can just be thrown away. In most cases, you won’t even need to wash the baking sheet! And there you have it. Crispy bacon – without the greasy cleanup.