It’s easy to make bacon ahead of time in your oven! Whether you’re cooking bacon for a crowd or stocking your freezer with bacon for easy breakfast or dinner additions, this recipe is for you!
Get ready – I’m about to rock your world.
Today we’re talking about how you can make bacon for a crowd. Even if that crowd is your family. Trust me, living with a family of six, this is a survival skill I 100 percent needed to master.
Early bird gets the bacon, you know???
And while it may seem odd that I’m excited about a bacon recipe, I can explain.
Cooking bacon on the stovetop is messy, smoky and greasy and sometimes leaves your house smelling like the local diner for days. And not in a good way.
And how about this scenario…have you ever had a recipe call for a slice or two of bacon and you’re thinking “ugh, that’s just one more recipe step and/or I don’t have time or want to do that?
With this recipe hack, you can just pull a strip out of your fridge or freezer whenever you need it!
We’re gonna cook bacon in the oven. Let’s go!
Tools needed to cook bacon in the oven
- Large rimmed sheet pan
- aluminum foil
- and our star, bacon
Line a rimmed pan with foil, or you can use parchment paper. This is going to help make an easy cleanup. More on that in a minute.
Lay bacon strips in a line. I have mine on a baking rack in the photo above but you don’t need to do that. In fact, it just makes for more dishes to wash. So ditch the baking rack.
Put your bacon in the oven and set the temperature to 400 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
When the bacon is cooked just the way you like it (less time for soft; more time for crispy), remove from the oven and using tongs, transfer the slices to a paper towel covered plate to drain.
How do you keep bacon warm for a crowd or potluck?
Assuming the crowd isn’t lining up to grab a slice or two, here are my tips to keep bacon warm.
- put the warm bacon in a slow cooker on low
- keep it in a covered pan in your oven on the lowest setting
- cook the bacon ahead of time and reheat in a skillet on low when it’s time to serve
- I’ve also been known to keep mine in the microwave as a holding spot.
How to freeze cooked bacon for later
Luckily for you, you can make batches of bacon and save it for easy meal additions.
To freeze cooked bacon for later, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place bacon on the lined pan in strips, taking care to not cross over one another.
Place in the freezer until the bacon strips are semi frozen, about 20-30 minutes.
Remove from the pan and place in a ziplock bag. When you need slices, pull them from the bag and reheat in the microwave or a quick warm up in a skillet.
Easy cleanup tip:
Allow your pan to cool and the bacon grease will harden.
Lift the foil or parchment paper off and discard and the grease will go with it. Or, save the bacon grease for another use.
Ways to use cooked bacon
- Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches
- Chicken Avocado BLT Wrap
- Crustless Bacon Quiche with Broccoli
- Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Butternut Squash Casserole with Pecans and Bacon
- Broccoli Salad with Cranberries
- Bacon Quesadillas
- Salad Toppings
- BLT Sandwiches
Make Ahead Bacon
- 1 pound bacon
- Line a rimmed pan with foil, or you can use parchment paper. This is going to help make an easy cleanup. More on that in a minute.
- Lay bacon strips in a line. I have mine on a baking rack in the photo above but you don’t need to do that. In fact, it just makes for more dishes to wash. So ditch the baking rack.
- Put your bacon in the oven and set the temperature to 400 degrees. Cook for 15-20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
- When the bacon is cooked to your liking (less time for softer, more time for crispy), remove from oven and using tongs, transfer the slices to a paper towel covered plate to drain.