Baking Perfect Bacon for a BLT


By using heavy duty aluminum foil and creating some valleys for the bacon fat to flow results in perfectly flat, perfectly crisp, yet still succulent strips of bacon. Perfect for a BLT!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 servings


  • 9 slices bacon

  • Heavy duty aluminum foil


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Cut a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil about twice as long as a rimmed baking sheet. Pinch and fold every inch or so of the foil to create ridges for the bacon to drain into while cooking.

  3. Place bacon side by side on the ridged foil.

  4. Bake in preheat oven to your desired level of doneness and a bit of foam forms on the surface, 25 to 30 minutes.

    close up view of a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich on a wooden cutting board
    Chef John

Cook's Note:

Your cooking time is going to vary depending on how thick the bacon is, so I'd start peeking at about 15 to 20 minutes, and go from there. You can crowd the bacon a bit if you need more, and it's okay if it's very slightly overlapping, since it will shrink as it cooks. Just check after about 10-15 minutes, and re-space the pieces if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

577 Calories
57g Fat
1g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 577
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1050mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 15g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 262mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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