A Bacon Tale — How to Bake a Colossal Amount of Bacon in the Oven!
I love bacon. Who doesn’t?
I do NOT love cooking bacon. Who does?
I recently had to cook a colossal amount of the crispy stuff for my daughter’s band fundraiser…
A POTATO bake sale.
I checked first to see what Google Thinks about cooking gigantic gobs of bacon.
Here’s what Google Thinks…
- Using the Grill
- In the oven with a cooling rack over a pan
- In the oven but starting cold
- In the oven but starting pre-heated
- And finally Make Your Own Bacon… huh??
Here’s how I ended up doing it.
Foil line a jelly roll pan, place bacon directly on pan.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes, timing for 10 minutes and checking.
I did turn the pieces over about half-way through though most of those sites say you don’t need to.
Once they were the crispness I wanted (extra crispy as I needed crumbled bacon) I let the pan tilt for a few minutes and then poured the grease into a jar.
By the end of three pans of bacon I literally FILLED a 16oz pickle jar with bacon grease.
Let’s just say my hair and clothing smelled of red neck parfume. I mentioned my bacon-ess on Twitter and several mentioned how happy my man was going to be with my new sexy scent. And one person on Facebook mis-understood when I mentioned that my kids asked me why I smelled like bacon in the car… she asked: “Why did you have a pickle jar of bacon grease in the car?” I laughed at that one…
I SMELLED LIKE THE BACON GREASE!
I may never eat bacon again. Okay I lie. The next time SOMEONE else makes it? I’ll eat it!
For fun, Google also thinks about weird stuff with bacon
- Or the Ambitious…100 ways to use bacon
- I first heard about ‘Chacon’ from Kristina Pulsipher.. (self-proclaimed bacon authority apparently).
I first tasted Chacon at a friend’s house 2 Christmases ago.. it was yummy btw.
- And this one’s NOT bacon but it’s still weird:
Hot dog Twinkie sandwich. I’m not kidding.
Add bacon and it would be bacon related eh?
- And from this one I quote:
“Bacon caramel like a chewy SKOR Bar with bacon. How much more of a comforting flavor combination could there ever be?”
Can’t really go wrong if you label it in the dessert/candy section of your site eh??
Short follow up on the potato bar band fundraiser:
…last night the good news is there was a giant long line of Band families happy to purchase their potato bar-fundraiser style. They raised nearly $1,000 (wow huh)? The bad news… there was a giant long line of Band families happy to purchase their potato bar-fundraiser style…and we were at the back of that giant line and DID NOT GET any of the BACON! Plenty of fake-O bits for us though, Thanks.