Pork Essentials: Beautiful Baked Bacon

Andy Anderson !


This an easy/peasy recipe for making perfect bacon, every single time. It works with thick bacon, thin bacon, flavored bacons… It is bacon, it is the Mother Earth’s perfect food.

No messy pans, no grease spatter, just yummy, crispy, BACON!!!

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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5 Min
20 Min



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    bacon, any kind you want to bake
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    a bit of water

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    honey or maple syrup
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    cracked black pepper
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    dijon mustard
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    espresso powder
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    sriracha sauce
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    you get the idea… have a bit of fun

How to Make Pork Essentials: Beautiful Baked Bacon


  2. For this recipe, you will need a rimmed baking sheet fitted with a rack, parchment paper, or aluminum foil,
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
  5. Chef’s Note: Most recipes of this type call for a temperature of 400f (205c). But my reasoning to take it down is twofold:
    1. It takes a bit longer, so you have more control over the process.
    2. You will not have a kitchen full of smoke.
  6. Place a piece of parchment paper (or aluminum foil) in a rimmed baking sheet, add a rack and lay the bacon on top. Then use a small spray bottle to spray the bacon with water.

    FYI: Add other things like maple syrup, black pepper, etc., if you want.
  7. Chef’s Note: The purpose of the water is to help the bacon render its fat. And will help in reducing any splatter.
  8. Place into the preheated oven and bake until bright red, and crispy, but stop before it turns brown.
  9. Chef’s Note: The time will depend on the accuracy of your oven, and the thickness of your bacon. Thin bacon will be about 18 – 20 minutes, and thick bacon 25 – 30 minutes. But, these times are an approximation. Bottom Line: Keep an eye on the bacon… two eyes, if possible.
  11. Remove from the oven and use on salads, sandwiches… whatever you fancy. Enjoy.
  12. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Pork Essentials: Beautiful Baked Bacon

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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