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Oven Cooked Bacon (No Rack!)

Learn how easy it is to cook bacon in the oven for perfectly cooked and crispy results. Plus no baking rack makes it much easier to clean up!
Author: Lindsey Jenkins


  • 12-16 oz uncured bacon


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  • Line. Line a half baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Arrange. Put your bacon on the lined baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they don't overlap (it's okay if the strips are touching because bacon shrinks as it cooks).
  • Cook: Bake for 18-22 minutes until it reaches your desired texture (See notes).
  • Once cooked, add the bacon to a paper towel to soak up the excess grease. Enjoy!


  • Use the middle rack. For the most even cooking, make sure to place your pan on the middle rack in your oven.
  • How to avoid overly crispy/burnt bacon. Oven temperatures vary, and because of this some ovens run hotter than others. To avoid burnt bacon, there are a couple of things you can do: buy an oven thermometer to check the internal temperature or check the bacon after the 12 minute mark.
  • Cooking times. I find 20-22 minutes to generally be the sweet spot for my oven and personal preference of crispiness. However, if your bacon is thick cut, you'll need to cook it closer to the 30 minute mark.