Bacon – I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love to add it to recipes and of course eat it. I hate the mess it creates when it’s cooking. So, several years back I started cooking bacon in the oven, there is less mess and the bacon cooks evenly. Imagine the convenience when you finish cooking with fewer things to clean after. This easy way of preparing your bacon will be a game changer. That is why I encourage you to do the same!

Cooking for a house full of men that love bacon, I quickly had to learn a better way to cook it without the mess and hassle of frying it on the stovetop. After a few attempts to figure out what would work best, we decided on the cookie sheet and wire rack method. Once you try cooking bacon in the oven, you will never fry it on the stove again. It’s one of our best kitchen tips.

Bacon on a wire rack

Add a wire rack to a cookie sheet that has an edge. For even quicker cleanup, you can add foil to the bottom of the cookie sheet.

Then spray the wire rack with non-stick cooking spray. And layer the bacon on the rack.

Into the oven it goes at 400 degrees to cook for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you like it.

Bacon on a plate

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Final Thoughts

Do you find this helpful? Well, I wish it is. This method will make it easier to prepare bacon for the family. I wish I would have known this earlier so that I wouldn’t have had to experience the mess. Well, we all learn from our messes that is why we come up with solutions.

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

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  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Less mess + great taste = cooking bacon in the oven. Directions on


  • Bacon
  • Cooking Spray


  • Cookie Sheet with edges
  • Wire Rack


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Add wire rack to cookie sheet, spray with cooking spray
  3. Layer on bacon
  4. Cook for about 15-20 minutes depending on thickness of bacon and how crispy you like it


You can also add foil to the bottom of the cookie sheet for an easier clean up.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  1. Wow, so much useful post for me. I like it. And I love bacon recipes. Thanks for this bacon cook instruction here. I will try to my self.

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