Why People Insist This is the Best Way to Cook Bacon

From The Blog

There’s a saying among the older generation: “There are two things in life that you should never rush: love and bacon.” And who are we to argue with wisdom steeped in years of experience? 🧓🥓

Bacon is a staple of the American breakfast table, and for good reason. Its smokey flavor, crisp texture, and delicious savoriness add a hearty touch to any meal. But why do old people insist they know the best way to cook bacon? Is there a hidden secret we’ve been missing all this while?

Enter the old-fashioned method of slow cooking bacon in the oven. Yes, you read that right. Forget the frying pan; it’s time to embrace the power of slow, indirect heat.

The Secret Is in the Slow Cooking

Our elders often swear by the oven-baked bacon method, and it’s not just because they enjoy a good slow burn. 🐢🔥 Oven cooking allows the bacon to cook evenly, preventing those undercooked fatty parts that frying often leaves behind. Plus, there’s less oil spatter, making it a tidier cooking method.

Tip: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper can make clean-up even easier.

But the real secret to this method? It’s patience! Slow cooking in the oven allows the bacon fat to render out slowly, crisping up the bacon without drying it out. The result? Bacon that’s perfectly crispy, and not too greasy.

The Right Kind of Bacon

Not all bacon is created equal. For the best oven-cooked bacon, you need thick-cut bacon. 🥓 Why so? Well, thin bacon can dry out too quickly in the oven. But a good, hearty slab of thick-cut bacon can stand up to slow cooking without losing its juiciness.

Tip: Splurge on good quality, thick-cut bacon for the best results.

So, next time you want to enjoy some delicious bacon, channel your inner grandparent and slow-cook your bacon in the oven. Who knows? You might find that this old-fashioned method becomes your new favorite way to cook bacon. Now, who’s up for breakfast? 😋🍳

Slow-Cooked Oven Bacon Recipe

Tip: Always preheat your oven before putting the bacon in.

Slow-Cooked Oven Bacon

Course: BreakfastCuisine: American


Prep time


Cooking time





The traditional, slow-cooked oven bacon that never fails to hit the spot.


  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the bacon slices on the baking sheet, making sure they do not overlap.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until desired crispiness is reached.
  • Remove from oven and let the bacon drain on paper towels.


  • Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it.
  • Turn the baking sheet halfway through for even cooking.
  • Always watch the bacon closely as it can go from perfect to burnt quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use turkey bacon?
A: Absolutely, but keep an eye on it as turkey bacon can cook faster than regular bacon.

Q: Can I add spices to the bacon?
A: Yes, feel free to add spices like black pepper or chili flakes for an extra kick!

Q: Why is my bacon not crispy?
A: The bacon might not be crispy because it wasn’t cooked long enough or the oven temperature was too low.

Q: Can I save the bacon grease?
A: Yes, bacon grease can be saved in a sealed container in the refrigerator and used for cooking.

Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Hey there! I'm Jamie Anderson. Born and raised in the heart of New York City, I've always had this crazy love for food and the stories behind it. I like to share everything from those "Aha!" cooking moments to deeper dives into what's really happening in the food world. Whether you're here for a trip down culinary memory lane, some kitchen hacks, or just curious about your favorite eateries, I hope you find something delightful!

Latest Articles

More Articles Like This