I love serving bacon when I’m hosting a brunch, but I hate standing over the stove, frying up slices while my guests salivate hungrily, waiting for each precious strip. The easiest way to cook bacon for a crowd? Bake it in the oven. Here’s how:
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch all the fat that drips off—an extra bonus)—and arrange your bacon on the rack in a single layer. Cook until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes.
What’s great about this method is that you don’t have to babysit the bacon, it cooks consistently, and you can make large batches at once—no more waiting around for each skillet-full to be ready. And a lot of the fat drips off into the baking sheet; I usually line it with aluminum foil to make cleanup even easier.
Try this method with one of our delicious picks for the best bacon (thick-sliced, peppered, maple, and more).