Making bacon is an art form, and everyone has their own special way of cooking it at home. It doesn't matter if you bake it in the oven, prepare it on the stovetop, or throw it on the grill — it usually results in something tasty. While you might be set in your ways on how to make your perfect bacon, there's always something to learn from the pros. Thats why when we saw this smart tip from Alton Brown on how he makes better bacon, we were especially intrigued.
Our friends at PopSugar recently rounded up a bunch of smart chefs and cooks to see how they make bacon. Alex Guarnaschelli, for example, likes to make her bacon candied. Ina Garten simply likes roasting her bacon. Bobby Flay makes a mean maple-Dijon glaze for his bacon, which sounds pretty perfect. A lot of people noted they liked making their bacon from scratch (ugh, overachievers), but that's a totally different story, and something that you probably don't need to do in your lifetime.
Alton Brown, though, had the smartest tip of them all. He also makes his bacon in the oven, but instead of using parchment paper or tin foil, he uses good ol' paper towels on the bottom of the pan. They soak up the grease as it cooks, allowing the bacon to crisp evenly and release from the pan. The paper towels even cut back on the smoking! If you really want to go big, you could save the paper towels in a zip-top bag in your refrigerator to grease pans (for stovetop use) down the road.
Oh Alton, is there anything you haven't thought of?
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