Americans like bacon so much that one survey found 21 percent would eat bacon every day for the rest of their lives if they had a choice and 16 percent said they couldn’t live without it. Most like it very crispy, but how they like to cook it wasn’t mentioned. While pan-frying is the obvious choice, it can be a greasy mess not to mention the painful splatters that can scorch your hands or even your eyes.
Why continue to pan-fry when there are so many other great ways to make bacon? It definitely doesn’t hurt to switch things up in a while and you might just discover your own new favorite way to do it.
Have you ever heard of twisted bacon? This method of cooking has been called the perfect combo of chewy and crispy as one of the best ways to get perfectly cooked bacon every time. It prevents the grease splattering from that frying pan and can make for some cool cocktails, especially when used in a bloody mary.
All you have to do is twist up raw bacon into what looks like a straw, something that’s easier to do if your bacon is thick-cut. Now arrange the bacon twists onto a cooling rack that sits on top of a foil-lined sheet pan. That makes for easier cleanup and allows the heat to circulate resulting in delicious, chewy and crispy bacon. Pop it into a 375 F oven for about 25 to 30 minutes.
Air Fry It For Crumbles in Recipes
By cooking your bacon in an air fryer, you’ll have evenly cooked, crispy slices in less than 10 minutes, and it won’t be as fatty as some of the fat will drain off. As the bacon tends to curl up in an air fryer, this is the ideal method for making bacon crumbles rather than something that requires flat bacon like a BLT. There are so many things you can use bacon crumbles in, like salads, sprinkled onto a pizza or a baked potato, in a quiche, or even in jam. Mix a little balsamic in with the crumbles, grab some crackers, cheese, and dig in. Or, make it even easier and buy a delicious premade bacon jam.
When making your bacon in the air fryer you’ll lay it down in a single layer in the frying basket, set the fryer to 400 F and then give the basket an occasional shake while it’s cooking to prevent sticking. Check it at about 5 minutes in and rearrange for more even cooking. It should cook for a total of 8 to 10 minutes, depending on desired crispness.
Use Your Waffle Maker
One of the easiest ways to make bacon quickly and without the splatter is to use your waffle maker. This option is perfect for that BLT as it will be pressed flat and cooked evenly. Preheat it and then cut your strips of bacon in half, placing two half strips on each square. Close it and allow it to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Check to see if they’re done to your desired crispness. If not, close the waffle maker again and check in another couple of minutes. Drain on a paper towel when ready.
There’s a much easier way to cook bacon for bacon burgers than in a frying pan when you’re using your BBQ grill anyway. All you have to do is cook it for about 5 to 7 minutes on the cooler part of the grill while the burgers are cooking.