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thick sliced bacon and how to bake

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instead of frying? I think a lot of restaurants do this. What's the trick?

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  1. I always cook bacon this way. Preheat oven to 400. Place bacon in single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes. You don't need to do anything else unless your oven heats unevenly. If so, you'll want to rotate the baking sheet after 10 minutes.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      It's nice if you have a rack that fits on the baking sheet, too. All the grease will collect underneath.

      1. re: Pat Hammond

        Yup. 400 degrees, ovenproof cooling rack, baking sheet, 20 minutes or until brown. Definitely used thick sliced bacon for this technique; the thin stuff sticks to the cooling rack.

        And save that bacon grease for fried potatoes.

      2. re: pikawicca

        I just want to ditto that, and say that for Xmas breakfast we dip the bacon in brown sugar first, it is a real treat.

        1. re: JOJOGIRL

          Before or after cooking? How much sugar do you use?

        2. re: pikawicca

          Ditto all the baking recs but wanted to share that brown sugar dipped bacon is an appetizer served at a very fancy Chicago country club we attended. You can also wrap the bacon around a pretzel rod and bake it, also yummy appetizer.

        3. I cook it at 325. A higher temp. is fine if you're in a hurry, but the slow-cooked bacon will melt in your mouth. It's good to turn it over once during cooking, but not absolutely necessary.

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          1. re: Glencora

            For me this is the only way to cook bacon. 325-350 in the oven for 15-20 min, so much cleaner no splatter