Who doesn't love bacon? I bet vegetarians who converted later on in life even miss bacon a little. I love when bacon is crispy, flat but has enough fat in it still to melt in your mouth. I hate bacon that is overly crisp, curly and burnt where the curls touch the pan, often due to too high heat. To cook bacon to perfection, the fat must be rendered out over low flame or in low heat. Baking bacon in the oven my fool proof and splatter-proof way to cook bacon. It is especially good if you are cooking large amounts of bacon.
TBC's Best Way to Cook Bacon
Line a rimmed baking sheet (half sheet pan) with foil. Fit rack on top. Line bacon up without touching each other. The bacon will shrink as it cooks so it doesn't need to be spaced out, just don't have the edges touch because they can stick together.
Place in the cold oven and turn the oven to 350˚F. The oven heating to temperature will render out the fat slowly without burning or curling. After the oven reaches 350˚F, leave the bacon in for 10 minutes more. After 10 minutes, your bacon is done and is perfectly crisp and flat.
Try these variations:
Brown Sugar Bacon: Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar mixture over 1 lb. bacon and bake following the instructions above.
Sweet n' Spicy Bacon: Mix 1/4 cup brown sugar with 2 tsp. cayenne pepper. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar mixture over 1 lb. bacon and bake following the instructions above.