How To Cook Beef Bacon in The Oven

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Beef bacon is a delicious and tasty alternative to pork bacon. Whether you are looking for a switch-up or don’t eat pork, beef bacon is a tasty way to add a pop of crispy salty flavor to your meals! Learn how easy it is to cook beef bacon in the oven in just a few minutes!

Close up on crispy beef bacon on a paper towel lined plate.

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My family and I don’t eat pork and as a result, I’ve never had pork bacon(except when Church events provided cheese pizza with bacon underneath- like why?). 

We didn’t know there was a such thing as beef bacon until my older sister discovered it back when we lived in South Texas. When we moved back to the Midwest we couldn’t find it but she had been on a hunt for it ever since! I tasted beef bacon for the first time a few months ago and guys I understand the hype around bacon. It’s soooo good. Especially when cooked in the oven. The oven is superior to stovetop cooking.

What is beef bacon?

Beef bacon is bacon made using beef instead of pork! This particular brand uses the beef naval or belly meat of the cow so it’s quite fatty, unlike turkey bacon which can be very lean.

My older sister has eaten pork bacon before and says that this beef bacon is the closest substitute for pork bacon both in flavor and texture.

Package of beef bacon on a sheet pan.

Why you’ll love this oven-baked beef bacon recipe:

  • It’s super easy! Instead of standing over a hot skillet while grease it popping on you, you can instead pop a sheet pan of bacon into the oven and then do something else. That’s it! Set a timer and come back to crispy bacon without grease-popping scars! 
  • Oven-baked tastes better. Beef bacon can taste tough and a little bit chewy when cooked over the stove. However, when it is baked in the oven it doesn’t become tough and chewy at all but is tender and it literally melts in your mouth!
  • Even cooking for the win! Sometimes food can cook unevenly over the stove maybe your burner or pan might be a little crooked, or for some other reason. The bottom line is your bacon is burnt on one side. Oven baking solves this issue, it comes out perfectly every time!

How To Cook Beef Bacon In The Oven:

Step one: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

Step two: Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  Lay bacon side by side onto the sheet pan. It’s ok if they touch because they will shrink quite a bit. 

Raw bacon on a sheet pan.

Step four: Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown and crispy. 

Step five: Next, transfer cooked beef bacon onto a paper-toweled lined plate to allow the fat the drain. 

Step six: Serve and enjoy!

Crispy baked beef bacon on a sheet pan with aluminum foil.

Frequently Asked Questions  —

Why is my beef bacon tough and chewy?

If your bacon is undercooked it can have a tough and chewy texture. Also, cooking beef bacon over the stove can cause this to happen as well! That’s why I love beef bacon cooked in the oven so much more.

How do you know when beef bacon is done?

It won’t look pink anymore but a deep brown color and the fat will be rendered out. 

Where to buy beef bacon?

The brand I love to use is Wellshire and it’s sold exclusively at Whole Foods. Look for other brands at Kosher or Halal markets or online delivery services. 

Close up on crispy beef bacon on a paper towel.

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Close up on crispy beef bacon on a paper towel.

How To Cook Beef Bacon in The Oven

Beef bacon is a delicious and tasty alternative to pork bacon. Whether you are looking for a switch-up or don’t eat pork, beef bacon is a tasty way to add a pop of crispy salty flavor to your meals!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 pieces of bacon
Calories: 11kcal
Cost: $8

Equipment

  • Sheet pan with auluminium foil for easy cleanup

Ingredients

  • 1 pack Beef bacon roughly 8 strips

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  • Line a baking sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. This helps with an easy cleanup.
  • Lay strips of bacon side by side onto the sheet pan, it’s ok if they are touching because they will shrink quite a bit. 
  • Bake in the center of your oven for 10 – 15 minutes* or until the bacon is golden brown and crispy. Make sure to keep an eye on it because some ovens run hotter than others.
  • Transfer bacon to a paper toweled lined plate to drain any excess fat. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

*If you have a quick bake oven, cook at 400 F degrees for 10 – 12 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.04g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 5mg | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 0.1mg | Iron: 0.01mg

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