Cooking Bacon in a Pan: You’re Doing it Wrong, Says CHOW

Cooking Bacon In A Pan

When it comes to cooking bacon either in a pan, in the oven or a microwave (or any other way you can think of!), I think it pays to be pretty laid back about the whole thing. Whatever works for you is my rule of thumb. After all, the Republic of Bacon is a pretty big and accepting place – the only rule is that you have to like bacon! But ever so often, someone comes along who tells us that the way we are cooking our bacon is wrong. Today, I’ll look at what CHOW says is the wrong and right way to cook bacon.

Cooking Bacon In A Pan

You’re Doing It All Wrong

Here’s the video where they show us how to cook bacon.

First of all, I have no idea why Scott Vermeire – the host of this particular segment – describes the bacon in a kinda sexual way. “Flaccid” bacon is bad; “lubricated” is good, apparently. A subtle advertisement for bacon, or just the way his brain works?

Vermeire: Bacon Needs Twenty Minutes

As for the actual cooking instructions, Vermeire does throw down some big gauntlets. The one I think is the most arguable is that he says bacon should take more than twenty minutes to cook. Really? Twenty minutes? I agree that it’s always a good idea to keep your temperature pretty low at the beginning, but twenty minutes seems like an overly cautious amount of time to me. Not all of us can be that patient with bacon! I favour starting out low and then turning up the heat a bit, and I’ve never noticed my bacon suffering in quality.

Bacon Likes to Cuddle with Other Bacon

He also suggests that you need to cover the bottom of the pan with bacon to make sure there is enough fat rendering off. Vermeire says that you need to do this because otherwise the bacon will burn. Once again, really? What if you don’t want to eat that much bacon: are you supposed to throw out the rest? And if you are cooking the bacon slowly, shouldn’t you be able to cook only a few slices? I don’t find a lack of bacon grease rendering off my bacon to be much of a problem. In fact, I would think that jamming a lot of bacon into your pan is more likely to cause the overlapping problem he describes.

What About Variety?

Finally, what about those of us who like our bacon to be a little bit variable in consistency and texture? After all, getting some uniform bacon from a fry pan seems like a waste of time and effort: why not just bake it?

In contrast, frying bacon to me often seems to be about the joy of somewhat curled up bacon that have bits of undercooked pink goodness. I often like imperfectly done bacon, cause it’s so imperfect. Frying is also about the fun of watching it sizzle and kinda letting it do its own thing. Getting those robotically perfect strips of bacon after frying may be good for some perfectionist chef, but what normal person really wants to live like that?

How about you – do you fry your bacon really slowly and perfectly, or are you a devil-may-care, fly by the seat of your pants type?

Non-Stick or Stainless Steel Pots and Pans – The Deadly Truth

When you are frying bacon, what are the best cooking utensils to use? There are a lot of options, so today we thought we’d cover the general advantages of two major types of cookwarenon-stick and stainless steel frying pans. Depending on how you cook, one of these two types might be for you.

Non-Stick Frying Pans – Advantages

Non-stick pans make cooking easy. Non-stick pans, being non-stick, are much easier to cook in than stainless steel. You don’t have to worry about your bacon sticking to the pan and getting burnt.

Use less cooking oil. Since it is easier to cook bacon in a non-stick pan, you don’t need to use a lot of oil to prevent sticking.

Non-stick is easier to clean. Since food is designed to slip right off, cleaning non-stick pans tends to be easier. Sometimes, with stainless steel, you have to soak and scour. Non-stick – except in rare cases – just needs soapy water and a soft sponge.

Stainless Steel – Advantages

Stainless steel pans are very durable. Unlike Teflon, which cannot be scratched, you can use whatever cooking instruments you want. You can also put stainless steel in the dishwasher. In fact, the more you use a stainless steel pan, the more it feels lived in. You don’t need to replace it as often as non-stick.

You can heat it stainless steel to a high temperature. Non-stick coatings tend to break down at higher temperatures. This is not only a problem for your pan’s coating – it can affect the quality of your food.

You can’t use cooking sprays on non-stick pans. The cooking sprays bond to the surface of the cookware, and gradually build up.

Stainless steel products allow for more browning. Since you can’t cook in high temperatures with non-stick, you can’t brown your bacon very well. Those people who love their bacon crispy should definitely stick to stainless steel.

Unlike some non-stick pans, stainless steel probably won’t hurt your pets. Teflon and similar non-stick surfaces are generally considered to be fine from a health standpoint. However, if you burn your non-stick, the off-gassing it produces has been known to harm some pets, particularly birds.

Overall, non-stick pans are much easier to use for cooking bacon than stainless steel, and they are probably better for people who are new to frying bacon. However, if you are fairly experienced in the kitchen, and you like bringing out the gourmet side of your dishes, a stainless steel pan might be better for you. But whatever you choose, happy cooking, and enjoy your bacon!

Crazy Ways to Microwave Bacon

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Microwaving bacon is always an option of last resort. I mean, when you could go for the traditional flavour of a good fry up or easily add some brown sugar to some baked bacon, cooking bacon in the microwave is what we do when our laziness quotient is through the roof and we need to stuff bacony goodness in our gobs ASAP.

Since I’m an occasional bacon microwaver – especially late at night – I’ve always wondered if those bacon microwaving thingamajigs are worth it. One thing’s for sure: they are weird. After the break, join me as we run down some of the most popular (strangest?).

Advantages and Disadvantages to Microwaving Bacon

We’ve already discussed the benefits of using stainless steel or non-stick pans when cooking your bacon, or whether baking or frying bacon is better. But what about cooking bacon in other ways? For example, what about cooking bacon in your microwave?

Now, before you go nuts – hear me out. Microwaving food may not be the most gourmet form of cooking, but it does have a few benefits. Here are a few off the top of my head.

Advantages

1. Microwaving bacon is convenient. There is no pre-heating of ovens and no messy frying. If you are using a specialized bacon tray, you can just slot the bacon in, microwave it for several minutes, and it’ll be cooked. The only thing you’ll need to clean afterward is the tray.

2. Microwaving bacon cooks it more evenly. Frying – unless you are careful – can make some parts of the bacon cook more quickly than others. Baking can leave one side more cooked than the other. Microwaving, since it cooks from the inside out, tends to cook the bacon more evenly.

3. Like baking, you don’t need to use cooking oil. If you are looking to reduce the amount of cooking oil in your life, this is a cooking options you could try. This also means that you’ll generally have less bacon grease left over. (This could be a negative, depending on your point of view!)

Disadvantages

Of course, there are a few disadvantages to this cooking method, as well.

1. Flavour. I don’t think anyone would argue that microwaved bacon tastes better than baked or fried bacon. If they do argue this, they aren’t cooking their bacon right or maybe they tapped into the holy grail of knowledge non of us know!

2. You can’t get crispy bacon. Microwaves just don’t brown bacon, and even though your bacon will be cooked, it won’t be cooked very thoroughly. This helps explain its generally less than amazing flavour.

3. Adding flavouring is harder to do. You can still marinade the bacon before you microwave it, but the microwave will not create the mixture of flavours that baking or frying will do when you add sugar or pepper.

For our money, we’d stick with baking and frying – after all, anything that makes bacon taste not as delicious as it could taste is not our favourite. But if you are looking for a quick, simple meal, and you don’t want to mess around with pans and oils, microwaving bacon can always be useful in a pinch.

It’s also particularly good if you need to pre-cook your bacon for inclusion in some other recipe, and you want to make sure your bacon is as grease-less as possible. But whatever way you cook it, make sure to enjoy your bacon!

Crazy Ways To Microwave Bacon

1. The Bacon Genie

The Bacon Genie basically looks like a circular drying rack for your microwaved bacon. I suppose the idea is that while your bacon is just chilling out on the upper rack, they’ll be cooked to a nice level of doneness. And any and all bacon grease will be wicked away and left in the tray. But what if you want crispy bacon that is not bent in the middle, though? Does the Bacon Genie grant that particular wish? Or is it only folded bacon for your BLT from now on?

2. The Pesto PowerCrisp

The Pesto PowerCrisp operates on a similar idea to the Bacon Genie. But while the Genie looks like a casual affair of bacon chatting in a circle, the PowerCrisp demands regularity and order. This probably makes it easier to cookify the maximum number of bacon slices. It also, I suppose, will be helpful for moulding bacon when you are making a bacon model of a ski chalet.

3. The Wow Bacon

The Wow Bacon turns bacon microwaving into coffee-making! Or, that’s what it looks like. Unlike the Bacon Genie, the bacon in the Wow Bacon do not look at all happy to be hung on those crossbeams. The Wow Bacon does remind me that both the PowerCrisp and Bacon Genie are a little over-optimistic about grease splatter (the Wow Bacon has a lid). But I’m also thinking – why would I bother cleaning a complicated Wow Bacon when I could just compost some paper towels?

4. The Bacon Wave

Although it looks absurdly complicated – you have to carefully slide the bacon into the slots and then impale it with prongs – apparently, it does work. I’m a little sceptical about the bacon grease splatter containment, though. And if I’m going to go through all the work of carefully slotting bacon into grooves on a microwave tray, why wouldn’t I just use the oven? Isn’t the whole point of microwaved bacon the fact it can be done by anyone?

Making Bacon: Oven Vs. Skillet

If I asked you to close your eyes right now and picture someone preparing bacon, what would you imagine? For the vast majority of you, I bet that you are seeing in your mind’s eye someone heating a skillet and laying the streaky bacon strips in the pan, the fat bubbling and the sweet fat crisping up while you watch. I’m sorry, was that your stomach growling or mine?

Making Bacon: Oven Vs. Skillet

Though this might be the most common conception of hoe bacon is made, there is another, equally delicious method for making bacon: baking it in the oven. While less popular, and less deeply ingrained on the average bacon-lover’s consciousness, this method is just as effective as sizzling bacon up in a pan.

(Yes, we know you can also microwave bacon. We here at the republic of bacon, however, think that this is a complete travesty).

While cooking bacon in a pan and baking it off in the oven both produce delicious results, there has been some measure of debate about exactly which is more effective. While even we hesitate to wade in to such hotly contested waters, we thought we would put together a quick list of the pros and cons of each preparation method, so that you can choose the one that suits your needs best.

Bacon In The Pan

Pros

  • You can more easily control the amount of bacon your prepare, and is suitable for smaller or single servings
  • More control over the exact crispiness of the bacon, as you are actively involved in the cooking process
  • The sheer pleasure of working with your hands and making delicious bacon the traditional way

Cons

  • Hot bacon grease might splatter out of the pan, and can be painful if it hits your skin
  • You have to keep a careful watch over the pan to make sure the bacon doesn’t stick or burn
  • Your hair, clothes and everything nearby are going to become covered in tiny fleck of bacon grease

Bacon In The Oven

Pros

  • Better for larger cooking projects, enabling you to cook many rashers at once
  • A more even cooking process is possible int he oven, especially with convection heat, ensuring each piece is crisped perfectly

Cons

  • Because it is in the oven and out of site, it can be easier to forget about and therefore burn
  • Because you are working with a rimmed baking sheet lined with tinfoil, there is quite a bit more prep and cleanup to this process

What is your favourite way of making bacon?

Conclusion

I’ll probably be sticking to my tried and true method of putting some bacon between paper towel and microwaving everything. The clean-up is a snap, and the prep is even quicker. Sure, I’ll never win any Bacon Cooking Olympics with my microwaved bacon. But sometimes, even I have to admit that it’s great taste probably has a lot to do with how little thought I had to put into it.

What Kind of Smoker Should I Buy?

what kind of smoker should i buy

Are you considering purchasing a smoker? Then, you might have realized that it might be harder than you thought. There are many different smokers that you can purchase. And, you need to know what type of smoker is going to be best for you.

With this guide, you will get to know different smokers. Getting all the information about the different smokers, so that you can know what kind of smoker you should purchase. This is everything you need to know so that you can know what kind of smoker you should consider buying. 

Different Types of Smokers You Can Purchase

what kind of meat smoker should i buy

The first thing that you need to know is that there is more than one type of smoker. To know what kind of smoker to purchase, you will need to know the different types of smokers. These are the smokers that you can choose from. 

  • Charcoal and wood smokers. The original smokers that most people prefer. 
  • Electric smokers are the most convenient, but will not have the best smoking flavor.
  • Pellet smokers. These are electric smokers, but burn wood pellets for better smoking taste.
  • Propane smokers. This is gas smokers and portable. Something that heats fast but still without the smoking flavor.

How Do You Know What Smoker You Should Consider?

There are a couple of things that you need to consider before you can know what type of smoker you should consider. This is the only and best way to ensure that you are buying something that you will be using. These are the things about smokers that you need to know to ensure that you purchase the right one for you.

The size of the smoker is essential. Do you want to use the smoker indoors or outdoors? Or, are you looking for a smoker that you can take with you when you are going? You should also consider if you are looking for a smoker that is giving you the right smoking flavor or if you are looking for a smoker that is easy to use. These are things that you need to know before you can choose a smoker. 

Features You Need to Look for When Purchasing a Smoker

what kind of smoker should i get

These are all features that you need to look at before you can make your final decision about the type of smoker you are going to purchase. Some smokers have these features, while others don’t. This is why you need to make sure about the features before you decide on the type of smoker you want to purchase.

  • The size of the smoker. There are different size smokers available, from all types of smokers. You just need to make sure that you know how large or small your smoker needs to be.
  • Versatility. Some smokers can grill and smoke. Is this something that you want to consider, or are you only looking for a smoker?
  • Easiness of usage. Are you familiar with using a smoker, or are you looking for a smoker that is easy to use? Some smokers are really easy to use, while others need a bit of practice before you can get it right. 

Buying Guide for Buying Your First Smoker

When it comes to buying your first smoker, there are a couple of things that you need to consider. This is to make sure that you are going to purchase the best smoker for you. These are a couple of things that you need to make sure about before you can consider buying your smoker.

  • Your available budget for smokers. Some smokers are a lot more expensive than other smokers
  • Indoor smoker or outdoor smoker? Something important to consider as well
  • The type of result you want from the smoker. Do you want a real smoking taste or just a normal smoker that doesn’t provide real smoke?

Some of the Best Smokers You Can Purchase

what type of smoker should i buy

The different kinds of smokers aren’t the only thing that you need to make sure about. There are other things you should consider as well. And, this can make it hard to choose some of the different types of smokers. These are some of the different smokers that you can purchase. 

  1. Traeger Renegade Pro Wood Pellet Grill
  2. Masterbuilt 30 Inch Digital Electric Meat Smoker
  3. Cuisinart Vertical 36-inch Propane Smoker
  4. Nexgrill 29-inch Barrel Charcoal Grill with Smoker

With this guide, you will not have to worry about what type of smoker you should purchase. You will get to know the different types of smokers, the features, and what you need to look for when buying your first smoker.

This will make it easier to choose the smoker you need and to ensure that you are going to enjoy your choice. When you know more about the different types of smokers. You will not regret paying a huge sum of money for something that you don’t use.

How to Use a Vertical Charcoal Smoker

how to use a vertical charcoal smoker

If you are new to using vertical charcoal smokers, you might be wondering how to use one correctly. Or, you have tried to use one, but your meat didn’t come out smoked. 

How are you going to use a vertical charcoal smoker correctly? This is the big question that so many people are asking. With this guide, you will know exactly how to use the smoker and to get the best-smoked food at the end of the day. You just need to consider all these and make sure that you are remembering that practice makes perfect. 

Prepare the Meat or Food First

how to use a masterbuilt vertical charcoal smoker

The first step that you need to do, is to prepare the meat or food that you want to smoke first. This can take a bit long, and it might result in your charcoal smoker becoming cold. 

You need to prepare your meat, by adding the right spices, and leave it overnight if it is necessary. You will need to follow your recipe because different meats and foods need different preparation for getting smoked. And, different people like to add different ingredients to their smoked food. 

Start Up the Fire, and Adding the Wood Chips

With the food prepared, you can now start up the fire or charcoal. And, you should add the wood chips as well. Some smokers have their compartment for the chips, while others have the same compartment for both the charcoal and the chips. 

You should make sure that you are going to wait until you reach the right temperature before you are opening the smoker up. If you have temperature control on the smoker, then it will be a lot easier to see when the temperature is reached. 

When the Right Temperature Has Been Reached

how to use a brinkmann vertical charcoal smoker

By following your recipe, you will know when the right temperature has been reached. This is when you need to open the smoker, and add the meat to the smoker. You should just be careful not to burn and need to space out the food and meat so that they aren’t too close to each other.

The parts that are touching each other will not get smoked correctly, and it will leave the meat raw. You should also make sure that you are going to make sure that the temperature stays correct. Even, if this means that you need to adjust the amount of charcoal throughout the process.

Some people are adding meat to the smoker before they start the fire. They are doing this so that they don’t need to open the smoker to insert the meat once it reaches the right temperature.

Rotating the Meat Halfway Through

When you are about halfway through the smoking process, you will need to rotate the meat. You don’t want to leave the meat on just one side in the smoker. It is important that you are rotating it to the other side once.

Don’t do this more than once. You don’t want to open the smoker too much, because the smoke and heat will escape. This is why we are saying that you should wait until your meat is halfway through the smoking process before you turn the meat around.

For a first-timer, it might be hard to know when you can turn the meat around, but at the end of the day, with experience, you will learn how long it takes. A tip to remember is that the larger the piece of meat, the longer it will take to get smoked all the way through. 

Ensure That Temperature Stays Constant

how to use a vertical offset charcoal smoker

The last thing that you want, is to not watch the temperature of your smoker. If the smoker cools down, you are going to have some problems. Then, you will need to heat the smoker again, adding the wood chips and starting all over again. This will let the food and meat take a lot longer to be smoked than normal.

You must be constantly checking the temperature and adding charcoal if needed. This is the same as the wood chips. It might be needed to add some of the chips during the smoking process. If the chips are finished, there will not be enough smoke for smoking the meat. This is why with a charcoal smoker, you need to stay with the smoker, enjoying time with friends and family. You can’t just start the smoking process and forget about it.

These are some tips on how you use a vertical smoker. It is essential that you are going to use the smoker correctly if you want to have the best tasting smoked meat. It is also a great idea to make sure that you are going to find a great smoking recipe, in the beginning, to be able to learn how to smoke different food. 

Best Things to Smoke in a Smoker

best things to smoke in a smoker

You have purchased your new smoker. Now, you are wondering what you can put in your smoker. Is this only some meat that you can smoke, or are there different things that you can smoke in your smoker? This is a question that many people are asking. 

The good news is that there are many things that you can smoke in your smoker. Most food that you can think off can be smoked. However, there are some tips and guides that you need to follow.

With this, you don’t need to wonder anymore about what things you can smoke in a smoker. You will know what is the best thing you can smoke, to make the most out of your smoker. 

Is a Smoker Only for Smoking Meat?

best things to smoke in a electric smoker

Is a smoker only for smoking meat? A question that many new smoker owners are asking. The good news is that you can smoke more than only meat. And, it doesn’t really matter what type of smoker you have. 

Every smoker allows you to smoke a variety of different food. Making it versatile and great to use. The secret is that you need to know what the best food for your smoker is, and how to smoke it correctly. Then, you will become a pro in smoking a variety of meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables. 

Any Meat and Poultry Can Be Smoked

When it comes to meat and poultry, you can basically smoke anything you want. Fish is also a really popular dish to smoke. There is just a couple of basic information that you need to know.

With poultry, you need to make sure that the meat is reaching a certain temperature. You will need to make sure that you are going to reach the right temperatures to kill all bacteria in the meat. This is one thing about poultry.

It can be dangerous to consume when the meat isn’t cooked all the way through. Any poultry needs to be at a certain temperature before you can declare it safe to consume. 

Fruit and Vegetables

best things to smoke in a bradley smoker

If you never have tried smoked fruit and vegetables, then this is the time to start. There is a huge selection of fruit and vegetables that you can actually smoke. And, it tastes great.

The only problem is that some of the smokers don’t have a solid smoking platform, and the fruit can be too small to put on the smoking rack. This can cause some problems. Especially if the fruit decreases in size as it is getting smoked.

You need to make sure that this is something that you are considering when you are looking for fruit and vegetables to smoke. It is also a great idea to try different flavor smoking chips when vegetables are getting smoked. 

Some Other Food That Can Be Smoked

Now, you might wonder if there is any other food that you can use to smoke your food. Food that you can try that will let you use your smoker a lot more. There are many everyday foods that you can consider smoking if you are in the mood for something different.

Things like your polonies, your eggs, Oysters and even hard cheese are all samples of things that can be smoked. Making it easier for you to try different flavors and to change the taste of your favorite food.

Again, you just need to make sure that you are aware of the food that might need a solid plate for smoking, and that might give you problems when you are smoking it on a rack where the food might fall through. 

Tips When You Want to Smoke Different Foods

best things to smoke in a gas smoker

There are a couple of things that you need to consider and think about when you want to smoke a variety of food. Each food type needs to have a different heat temperature. Some food might taste better with flavored smoking chips. And, then there is the food that will taste bitter if you are smoking it too long.

It can be great to smoke different food when you have your smoker. Trying different food is fun, but it can have its own problems as well. You should just remember that different food needs different smoking times and heat temperatures.

And, that some food should never be smoked. You will be surprised about how a normal dish can change, just because you have smoked it.There is a variety of food that you can smoke in your smoker. And, it doesn’t matter what type of smoker you actually have. One thing is for sure.

You will have fun experimenting with the different foods that you can smoke, and how it can change the taste of the food. You just might want to do a bit more research in order for you to know what food should not be smoked at all.

How to Use a Smoker Box

how to use a smoker box

The first thing that you might think, is that the smoker box is another type of smoker that you can use to smoke your meat or other food options. Even, if this is something that you can add for smoking, this isn’t a smoker. There are many reasons why a person would want to purchase the smoker box.

Before you are now going to run to the store and purchase a smoker box, you need to make sure that you know what a smoker box is, and that you have the right grill or smoker to use a smoker box with. Too many people are purchasing the box, just to find that they can’t use it correctly. These are the things that you should make sure about the smoker box. 

What is a Smoker Box?

how to use a smoker box on a gas grill

It is essential to know that a smoker box isn’t a smoker that works independently to get smoking meat and other food options. This is a tool that you can use with a normally closed lid grill or a smoker for added smoke, and to turn a griller into a smoker.

You will need to make sure that there is available space for a smoker box, or you can add the box inside the grill on the rack if there isn’t available space for the box on the outside. In the smoker box, you can add the chips or wood that will turn your grill into a smoker. In your smoker, you can add smoking chips or wood. Both will work perfectly with the smoker box. 

Preparing Your Smoker Box Before You Start Smoking Your Meat

The first step in using your smoker box is that you need to prepare the smoker box before you start smoking your meat. There are a couple of things that you need to do, for you to be able to use the smoker box.

You will need to fill it up with high-quality smoking chunks or smoking chips. It isn’t recommended that you are using regular wood inside the smoker box. You can use flavored smoking chips without any problems. Using normal wood isn’t recommended because you will not get the right results.  

Adding the Smoker Box to Your Grill or Smoker

how to use a smoker box on a gas bbq

Now, that your smoker box is full of smoker chips, you should add it to your smoker or your grill. If there isn’t much space for adding it to the grill, you can always put it directly on the charcoal.  It will still work correctly, you will just have a difficult time to refill the box if the chips are burned through. The box will be warm and you will need to be careful not to burn yourself.

It is most recommended that you should add the box in the food compartment next to the food. This will give you the most benefits. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t put it directly on the charcoal. 

Refill Box as Needed

Depending on the type of meat that you are grilling, you might need to refill the box regularly. This is essential to do if you want to have your meat smoked correctly.

But, as we said before, you need to be careful with refilling the box. The box will be hot and you need to be careful not to burn yourself in the process. This is the one thing that many people hate about the smoker box. They don’t like the risk of getting burned. 

Enjoy Smoked Meat, Even on a Grill

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This is a great thing about the smoker box. You can have smoked meat or any other food, even if you don’t have a smoker. All that you will need is your smoker box, smoker chips, and a grill that closes. 

Then, you will have the best and easiest way to grill and smoke your meat and meals without any problem. And, with practice, you will be able to enjoy a variety of different meats and food that is perfectly smoked. 

Tips to Remember With a Smoker Box

People are worried that if they are placing the smoker box directly onto the charcoal, it will start to burn and become a fire. This isn’t going to happen. The smoke needs oxygen to turn into a fire. And, with the closed grill, this isn’t something that is going to happen. So, there aren’t any worries about the smoker box catching flames. 

If you have a grill, but you are looking for a smoker as well, then you don’t need to purchase the most expensive smoker as well. You can just make use of a smoker box that you are adding to your closed griller. And, with the right wood chips, and some practice you will have some of the best-smoked meals you ever tasted.

Bacon Cooking 101: How to Cook Bacon?

How To Cook Bacon

So you love eating bacon but haven’t the slightest clue about how to properly cook it, or perhaps cook it all for that matter? Be not afraid anymore! In this article, I’ll show you some of the basic steps to cooking that perfect piece of bacon every time.

Remember, as with anything you learn to do, this is not an exhaustive list – feel free to incorporate your own style and own ideas when making your bacon. I personally love to add a bit of personality into my bacon and you’ll see how later in this article.

5 Easy Steps/tricks to Follow When Cook Bacon

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Here are 5 easy steps/tricks to follow to ensure you’re well on the way to cooking bacon properly and ensuring the best results.

1. If the bacon is still refrigerated, be sure to take it out and allow it to thaw for at least 30 minutes before cooking it. This will ensure that the bacon can be separated easily without breaking.

2. Keep a close watch on your bacon! Bacon can burn very, very quickly – especially older bacon! The fresher the bacon, the longer it’ll take to burn, and vice-versa.

3. The fat extrapolated from the cooked bacon is actually extremely useful! Many chefs and cooks like to use it as a cooking oil because of its rich flavor. For this reason, when finished cooking you can allow the oil to cool to room temperature and store it in a glass container in the fridge for later use.

4. Thinner pieces = crispier bacon. Keep this in my mind if you like your bacon crispy as I do!

5. Bacon has a tendency to “splatter” while being cooked. Don’t rush the cooking! Use a low heat, and turn the bacon often to avoid splatter!

What Are the Rules You Should Remember When Cooking Bacon?

how to cook bacon in the microwave

These rules generally apply to cook bacon on a stove or oven, however, many people also prefer to grill their bacon. I definitely endorse this as it usually results in a crispier end result, which I absolutely love! When grilling bacon:

  1. In keeping with the same rule of thumb when cooking bacon on the stove or oven, preheat the grill to a relatively cool temperature. (around 300-350F should suffice)
  2. Place the thawed bacon horizontally across the grill.
  3. Flip the bacon every five to twenty minutes.

Another nice facet of cooking bacon on a grill is that there is little cleanup as compared to cooking on a stove or oven – all the grease/fat simply drips to the base of the grill!

Conclusion: Practice is the Most Important

That’s pretty well it! The nice thing about bacon is that it’s a relatively quick and easy food to cook, and it tastes delicious!

There are a lot of different techniques to roughly alter the taste so that everyone’s bacon tastes a little different. For example, I actually put a sprinkle of sugar, that’s right, sugar on my bacon. It gives it a perfect hint of salty and sweet and it’s a unique touch that I’ve only received positive compliments about!

Don’t take my word for it, however; do you have any unique tricks when it comes to cooking bacon? Let’s hear it!