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5 from 3 votes

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven on a Rack

A simple way to cook LOTs of bacon without the mess. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook bacon in the oven on a rack, how to bake bacon
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 1 LB  bacon


  • Preheat the oven to 400.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Set a baking rack inside the rimmed baking sheet
  • Lay 8-10 strips of sliced bacon on the rack across the short side
  • Bake in 400 degree oven for 10-20 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, remove the bacon to a paper towel using kitchen tongs.  Allow to cool slightly before serving.


  • use as many pieces of bacon as you can fit onto the rack
  • Any thickness of bacon works,  thinner bacon  cooks faster
  • The bacon doesn’t necessarily look as done as it is, it doesn’t seem to shrink as much in the oven.
  • Be CAREFUL removing the pan from the oven, there might be a lot of grease in the bottom of the pan.
  • Some brown sugar sprinkled on top of the bacon while it cooks is OUT OF this world!


Calories: 75kcal