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Mess Free Bacon in the Oven (chewy or crispy!)

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Cooking bacon in the oven is the KEY to easy, perfectly cooked bacon every time! Especially when cooking a big batch of bacon or making breakfast for a crowd. An easy method with less mess so you can cook smarter not harder. Gluten free, keto, Whole30 option.


  • 810 slices of bacon (both thick and thin cut bacon can be cooked in the oven. Thicker bacon will take a little longer, and thin bacon will quick more quickly)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and/or foil. Arrange bacon pieces in a single layer, side by side. Be careful not to overlap or the bacon will stick together. Move to the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the bacon and how crispy you want it. Everyone’s oven is a little bit different, so keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  3. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate using a fork or tongs to drain the grease.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


For super easy clean up first line your sheet pan with tin foil, and then top it with a strip of parchment paper.

If you’re inclined to save your bacon grease, I would encourage you to do so! It’s a versatile, heat stable fat that works well for roasting vegetables, cooking meat, seafood, and as a base for soups and stews.

Leftover bacon can easily be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for 4-6 days.

There are several options for reheating:

Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and warm leftover bacon on a sheet pan.

Stove top: Gently warm in a skillet over medium heat.

Microwave: Warm in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, until hot.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: keto, bacon, brunch, breakfast, whole30, holidays, thanksgiving, christmas