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Oven Bacon (in a cast iron skillet!)

Oven Bacon (in a cast iron skillet!)

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I know, I know, I know… Bacon in a cast iron skillet, what’s the big deal? But baked bacon in a cast iron skillet is arguably the best way to prepare these porky little strips of deliciousness and the reasons are plentiful. So it’s time to channel your inner Ron Swanson and enjoy some BACON!

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List of reasons to bake bacon in a cast iron skillet:

  • It’s oh so tasty

  • No splattering and burning yourself (this reason counts extra if you cook in the nude)

  • Bacon is very fatty and your cast iron skillet loves fat (the polymerization of fat with the iron surface is what makes a well seasoned skillet so slick)

  • It saves time. Pop the bacon in oven and prep the rest of the meal, when the bacon reaches the perfect level of crispiness take it out and toss the rest of your meal in the skillet and cook it in the bacon grease.

  • You can never have enough bacon.

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On a relatively unrelated note: Lauren and I were going to a concert the other night about two hours away. We made the drive and spent the day exploring the city of Montreal. Around 5 o’clock I stopped in a local cafe and grabbed a large black coffee so I could stay awake for the drive home (because my usual bedtime is embarrassingly early). Anyway the concert had been cancelled due to “logistical reasons” and I had a really hard time falling asleep that night. Sometime between 1 and 2 a.m. I found Bacon - The Game {ios}, and it’s pretty much my new favorite app. The levels are both challenging and humorous, so if your bored while your bacon is in the oven, give it a try!

Yield: 6-8 slices

Oven Bacon

Cooking your bacon in your cast iron skillet in the oven will not only save your stovetop from being splattered in grease but it will also cook the bacon more evenly and season your skillet at the same time.

prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins


6-8 slices bacon (this is how much will fit in a 10.5" cast iron skillet) 


1. Preheat the oven to 400° F and layer your bacon into the skillet in a single layer. 

2. Transfer to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until you reach your desired level or crispiness. 

3. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain off the excess oil. Reserve the oil in the skillet for another use. 


Nutritional information is for two slices of regular bacon.



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