Thought Leader Series: Mmm, Bacon! 3 of the Best Ways to Cook Bacon
Bacon, who doesn't love bacon? It's one of those foods that makes you smile, the smile of it makes your tummy rumble, and the taste leaves you wanting more. There really isn't a wrong way to prepare bacon, but...
Bacon, who doesn't love bacon? It's one of those foods that makes you smile, the smile of it makes your tummy rumble, and the taste leaves you wanting more. There really isn't a wrong way to prepare bacon, but there are more precise ways to cook it. Read on and you'll learn 3 of the best ways to cook bacon and to add that extra crunch and sizzle to your next barbecue!
1.) Bake it honey, but don't break it!!
Surely, you've heard of baking your bacon. Toss it in the oven and let it sizzle for 20 minutes. What if you used a toaster to do the same? Not a toaster, but a toaster oven? You can cook your bacon in your toaster oven just as easily, as long as you are sure to drain the grease and keep your bacon crisp. Toast it in the oven for 15 minutes, draining the grease as needed, saving some to the side, and turning it each time. Once your bacon is beginning to crisp, using a small BBQ brush, caress it with some of the grease, a drizzle and toast on high for 1 to 2 minutes. This will give your bacon the crunch without the drip!
2.) Fryin' in the cast iron!
I'm sure you grew up with cast iron skillets. Cast iron has been around for decades because of its durability, even cooking, and flavor-capture abilities. Frying your bacon in a cast iron skillet takes some attention, but it cooks even and quickly. The trick is to make sure your skillet is hot enough. Light the burner on high underneath and heat it until a drop of water sizzles off. Turn the burner to medium heat and toss just a bit of butter and then lay your bacon strips down away from you to avoid splatter. Fry about 3 minutes on each side and lay on a paper towel covered dish. Sprinkle coarse ground pepper, to your liking, and let rest while you finish the other strips. Carefully lay the cooked strips in the hot iron skillet for an additional 30 seconds on each side and then let drain. It will be a crisp and spiced addition to your eggs and bacon.
3.) Just Nuke it!!!
As much as you may dislike using the microwave, it can be a lifesaver, as well as a time saver. Cooking some bacon in the microwave can be an easy way to get it cooked while you are working on the rest of your meal. Just remember, it takes some tools and patience. Using a microwave safe bacon tray or other items can help to cook the bacon evenly. Be sure that you are using the right tools. Splatter lids and cooking trays will help keep your bacon the best it can be!
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