Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon


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Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon | Breakfast Meals | Kitchen Tips | Main Course Meat | Homemade Bacon


If you’ve ever avoided making bacon because you just didn’t feel like dealing with the greasy mess left behind, this post might just change your life. You see, my husband was the exact same way. He loved eating bacon, but didn’t love cooking it. It was just too much cleanup.


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And then two years ago, on our big summer road trip, we stayed with some friends in Indiana. Fred, a fellow stay-at-home-dad, introduced my husband Chuck to the genius technique that we have used ever since–the technique I am sharing with you today.

Some of you may already make bacon this way–you are obviously much smarter than we are! But for those of you who are stuck using a griddle or frying pan the way we were–take note. This post is about to change everything.

All you need to make mess-free bacon is parchment, a baking sheet and your favorite bacon (we like Smithfield).

Here is what you need:

1 lb bacon
large cookie sheet
parchment paper
Spread the parchment onto your baking sheet.  

Step 1: Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Cut length of parchment paper longer and wider than cookie sheet.

Be sure to fold the edges of the parchment down so it fits into the pan.

Step 2: Fold up edges of parchment paper; trim excess so that each edge is approximately 1″ tall.

Lay the bacon flat on your parchment lined baking pan.

Step 3: Layout bacon on parchment paper.

Bake the bacon for ten minutes and then use a spatula to flip each strip.

Step 4: Bake 10 minutes; check and flip bacon and then cook 3-6 minutes longer. Cook longer for crispier bacon. Cooking time will differ depending on thickness of bacon.

Blot your bacon with a paper towel and serve--clean up is a breeze and no greasy mess!

Step 5: Toss parchment paper, blot grease with paper towel and serve. Could not be any easier!

Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon

These step by step instructions will ensure you get crispy bacon each time without all the mess.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 3 people


  • 1 lb bacon
  • large cookie sheet
  • parchment paper


  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees. Cut length of parchment paper longer and wider than cookie sheet.
  2. Fold up edges of parchment paper; trim excess so that each edge is approximately 1" tall.
  3. Layout bacon on parchment paper.
  4. Bake 10 minutes; check and flip bacon and then cook 3-6 minutes longer. Cook longer for crispier bacon. cooking time will differ depending on thickness of bacon.
  5. Toss parchment paper, blot grease with paper towel and serve.


  1. March 23 at 08:52AM

    Hey Ruth, I am definitely a bacon lover! Here in the UK we like nothing more on a Sunday morning (or any morning come to think of it) than to have a tasty bacon and egg sandwich with a steaming hot cup of tea. Nothing better!

    Thanks for sharing

  2. tina Mitchell
    March 23 at 10:00AM

    This should better than the way my husband is cooking bacon in the oven, he puts the bacon on a broiler pan, so guess who gets to clean 2 pan, with the bottom full of grease. You guessed it ME… Think we need to try this

    • Mena
      March 23 at 01:22PM

      Or, just drain the grease while it’s hot into a can from the recycling. Wait til it solidifies before tossing.

  3. March 23 at 10:56AM

    Aw, I literally just made bacon about 5 min ago (wish I would have seen this post first)!! Will definitely remember to try this next time… thanks!

  4. March 23 at 11:22AM

    What a great idea!! My husband and I have bacon in our freezer, but we’ve been putting it off for sooo long because we hate dealing with all the grease and hot splatters.

  5. March 23 at 11:39AM

    This is a great tip. I just made bacon in my microwave last night and need to clean up the greasy mess yet. Totally doing this next time!

  6. Michelle
    March 23 at 12:41PM

    ha ha the one warning I will give you is that it is easy to forget when it is in the oven. Nothing like setting the fire alarms off at the resort during vacation…yep that would be me. Make sure you set a timer 🙂

  7. March 23 at 12:57PM

    How I needed this advice last week…what a mess! Thanks for the tip.

  8. Yes! This is the best way to make bacon. I usually use foil to line my sheet. But it makes the bacon so perfect and no mess really is the best part!

  9. March 23 at 05:36PM

    I can’t fathom that you are all tossing the bacon grease!!! Save that gold!!! It’s the best to fry eggs and a hundred other things in!!!

  10. March 23 at 10:21PM

    We love bacon but hate the mess! Thanks for these tips. Also, I wanted to share a way to stretch your bacon a bit. 🙂 We all like to save, right?! I will open a package and take each piece and roll them up. Then I put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they are just frozen/cold enough to be thrown into a freezer ziplock bag without sticking together. So when I need bacon for a recipe, I just pull out the number of pieces I need and cook ONLY those! I really believes this saves money. You’ll find that less bacon will “walk away” as you cook….

  11. Crystal
    March 27 at 07:30PM

    Yup, just do what Jenn and Tom suggested from the facebook comments above. Line your pan with foil, place a wire cooling rack in the foil lined pan, lay your bacon on the rack and cook. The grease drips into the foil pan and when it is done, you let the grease cool and either scrape it off and save it, or you roll it up and throw it out. I save the drippings to make dog biscuits. And this is how I cook sausage patties, meatballs, steak, breaded chicken, any meat really that you don’t want soaked in grease/drippings. If you get grease spatter on the sides of your oven, I just do a self clean once or twice a year on a nice day when I can open the windows and turn on the fans. Works great for us. Would rather do it this way than deal with the mess on the stove top. Plus, when you do it on cookie sheets, you end up with more bacon in less time.

  12. Dana
    March 29 at 07:37AM

    So I make mine the same way but a tad differently … my prep is the same but I always put the bacon into a COLD oven, then turn it on to 400, I put the rack in my oven to the middle, I think those are the tricks to avoiding the most splattering! The cook time will always vary so you just need to watch it. I NEVER flip it, I think that’s kind of dangerous actually because if the grease spills in your oven you are in BIG trouble! I also always turn my oven OFF for a minute before I pull the pan out so that if it does spill it won’t cause a fire! bacon grease + gas oven = FIRE DEPT

  13. Anonymous
    April 21 at 10:52PM

    Doesn’t the grease splatter in the oven? I saw where someone used two baking sheets with bacon in between. I think that would keep grease splatters down.

  14. Diane
    May 19 at 12:42PM

    I have been doing bacon in the oven on a large sheet pan for years. I After removing the cooked bacon I just put some hot water in the pan and a squirt of dish soap . by the time we are done w/ breakfast the pan is ready to be wiped out with a couple of swishes. No bid effort needed. And if you’re into BLT’s try bacon weaves. And no the bacon does little to no spattering.

  15. Anonymous
    August 31 at 11:32AM

    Hi Ruth,
    I tried this with aluminum foil and it took forever so when my husband saw me trying it again he told me that is going to take a long time. I told him no I’m using parchment paper. When it was done less than ten minutes my husband was so surprised. Thank you so much I can use the time for other important things…


  16. maddashin
    October 3 at 03:58PM

    I have no mess in microwave. I just have a bacon maker for the microwave and then I put two paper towels down then the bacon on top. The paper towels absorb the grease and no problem. I have done oven before but have to say microwave is better. Sorry 🙂

    • Andrea
      November 11 at 12:19PM

      Try baking it one time. The taste will blow your mind! It is melt in your mouth delicious!

  17. March 3 at 03:51PM

    That looks so much cleaner and simpler than when i make it ha! I think i’m going to try it this way next time i make bacon.

  18. Richard H
    March 12 at 03:06PM

    Has anyone tried placing a piece of parchment paper OVER the bacon to prevent splattering? I’ve been cooking bacon in the oven using the convection setting and it does come out perfect, but the fan does cause some of the grease to stick to the sides and bottom of my Miele oven.

  19. Richard H
    March 15 at 05:58PM

    OK, I cooked sausages on parchment paper and covered with a sheet of parchment paper. 20 minutes at 375D on convection. No splatters and the sausages actually browned more where the top layer of paper rested on them. Will definitely try with bacon next.

  20. Richard H
    March 25 at 08:42PM

    I used parchment paper over the bacon, and no spatters anywhere. Plus, unlike aluminum foil, the parchment paper goes in the green bin for composting.

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