The Crispy Sheet Pan Bacon is the only bacon made in this house. It’s a bold statement but it’s fact. I’ve tried it a handful of different ways and temperatures in the skillet on the stovetop and you just never get the same even bake and crispiness like you do in the oven. I want those strips of fat to be perfectly and evenly rendered. We favor a crispy and buttery bite vs. a stringy and chewy bite. If you’re team CRISPY this is the recipe for you!
The supply list.
The list couldn’t be more basic. For this Crispy Sheet Pan Bacon you’ll 3 things:
- Sheet pan. I often use TWO when baking sheet pan bacon because I don’t want to crown the pan. Be sure to give each slice of bacon enough room on the pan to crispy all around. Now there are two differences in ovens, you’re either baking/roasting in a conventional oven where there is one direction of the heat source. If this is the case, you’ll want to swap the bacon from top to bottom rack (and bottom to top) half way through to ensure the heat is hitting the bacon evenly. If you have the option on your oven for convection baking, no need to rotate the trays around half way. Convection oven have a fan inside that circulates the heat ensuring an even distribution and even bake regardless of whether a tray is on the top or bottom rack.
- Aluminum foil. Insider scoop, you’ll notice my photos here do not show aluminum foil on my baking sheets and that is only because it doesn’t photograph well. Do as I say, not as I do! When I’m baking bacon, I ALWAYS use foil. My main reason for this is easy clean up. Rather than having to wait for the grease to cool and solidify, scrape it off into the trash or keep a tin of bacon grease I prefer to crumple up the foil and be done with it.
- BACON. This method is best for thick-cut bacon. There are SO many options out on the shelves these days for bacon. You can get flavored, peppered, thick or thin. Our favorite is Black Forrest Bacon from Trader Joe’s. We’ve had tons of bacon in our days but feel like we always rate it against TJ’s as the standard.
It couldn’t be simpler to prepare this bacon. Line two sheet pans with aluminum foil, spread the bacon on the sheet pans without overcrowding and bake!
The ideal oven temp.
The sweet spot in our house for oven temperature is 350°F. Have I baked bacon at 400°F before? Sure! You’re in a hurry, company is on their way and you have nothing prepared for a quick brunch.. crank the oven and it’s done a few minutes earlier. I’ve found with bacon, the higher the temp the more uneven the bake. We’re looking for crispy all over and an even cook. If you crank the oven too high, the fat begins to crisp (and potentially burn!) before the actual strips of meat cook leaving you with both crispy and chewy bacon. It’s not the most ideal combo!
The sheet pan shuffle.
As described above, if you’re baking in a conventional oven, I suggest swapping the trays from top to bottom and bottom to top about half way for an even bake. If you’re baking in a convection oven, where the internal fan circulated the air inside the oven, not need to play the sheet pan shuffle.
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1 pound of thick cut bacon (Trader Joe's Black Forrest Bacon is our FAVORITE)
- Preheat the oven to the 350°F.
- Line two sheet pans with aluminum foil (do as I say, not as I do. This is WAY better for easy clean up than an empty sheet pan!).
- Lay the strips of bacon on the sheet pans, do not over-crown the tray.
- Bake the bacon for 15 minutes. Remove the bacon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to remove some grease.
- Serve with eggs, bagel and cream cheese and side of fruit!
Nutrition Information: Serves 6 (about 2 slices each) 152 Cals / 11g F/ 0g C / 13g P