Easy Clean-up Oven Cooked Bacon


Ohhhhh, the things you can do with bacon! The list is endless! But there is nothing worse than wanting to add a salty crunch to your salad and the bacon being limp and greasy. Stove-top bacon is wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but if you’re like me, I inevitably burn myself from the popping grease or have a slimy mess to clean up afterwards. So my remedy is easy clean-up oven cooked bacon. My method reduces grease and minimizes dishes.

First, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, pinching it over the sides.

Put a wire rack over the sheet and line the bacon perpendicular to the wires. I use the wire cooling sheets that prop up. Check them out here.

Pop those bad boys in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. I say, stack em’ deep! Watch the clock because bacon can go from limp to burnt pretty quickly. If you are using a thicker cut bacon, you may need to add more time.

When it’s reached your desired degree of doneness, pull it out of the oven, being mindful not to spill the grease that has accumulated on the aluminum.

Now pat the bacon dry with a paper towel. If you like the grease bubbles, by all means, lick em’ up!

The majority of the grease has fallen onto the aluminum so carefully fold it up. Think of how many calories you’ve saved by incorporating this step!

Look at that pan! Not a drop of grease on it! Talk about easy clean-up!

And now your bacon is ready for a BLT, cobb salad, or eggs and toast. Good luck keepin’ it back. My husband ate most of mine before I could get it in his sandwich! I use slices of this style bacon in our Chicken Bacon Ranch Paninis and I also chop it up to put in Freezer Friendly Potato Cheese Soup or on top of a Grilled Chicken Artichoke Salad.

Can’t you just hear the crunch and taste the salt? What is your favorite way to use bacon? Let me know in the comments below. Happy cooking y’all!

Easy Clean-up Oven Cooked Bacon

Heidi Davison
Make perfectly cooked bacon every time! This method will reduce grease and make clean up a breeze. Eat it as is or use it in other recipes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10


  • 1 package bacon
  • cookie sheet lined with foil
  • metal rack on top of cookie sheet


  • Cover the cookie sheet with foil.
  • Put the metal rack on top of the cookie sheet.
  • Layer the bacon across the metal rack.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool a few minutes.
  • Dab off extra grease with a paper towel.
  • Eat immediately or use in other recipes.


Add a few minutes extra baking time for thick cut bacon.


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  • This tip is no fail. My family loves to eat bacon cooked this way! Thanks, Heidi!!

    • Who cleans up the splattered oven walls?

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