SKIP THE LAVA-ROCK METHOD—PROVEN (AND SAFE) METHODS TO COOK BACON
As artisan bacon crafters, we’ve seen quite a few “interesting,” creative and downright wacky ways that people cook bacon. There are numerous YouTube and Tik Tok videos of people cooking bacon and eggs inside their car, on the hood of an SUV, and even on the flatbed of a truck during a heatwave! Most recently, Associated Press reported that among the throngs of tourists who trekked to see the eruption of a long-dormant volcano in southwestern Iceland, one tried to cook bacon and eggs on the lava but their pan melted in the heat. (Source: AP, MAR 25, 2021).
We’ve heard it said “there’s no such thing as bad bacon”. Nothing could be further from the truth! Not only are there lots of low-quality bacons out there, but even high-quality, well-crafted bacon needs to be cooked properly to achieve its full scandalously-delicious potential. When we first launched The Baconer, we kept our cooking secrets under wraps—KIDDING!—we shared our tips with anyone who would listen because even spectacular artisan bacon can be ruined by poor cooking technique. So, we think it’s high time we posted a gentle reminder for bacon enthusiasts everywhere about our completely successful albeit counterintuitive methods of cooking bacon (three to be exact). What’s more, we’re sharing a bazillion more ways from our friends at RobustKitchen.com to achieve bacon perfection.
The Completely Counter-Intuitive Guide to Cooking Perfect Bacon
Our preferred method for how to Cook Bacon on the Stovetop begins with a cold pan and the bacon laid out with just enough water to cover the bottom. Whether we’re cooking Strips, XXL Bacon Steaks, Smoked Lardons or even Ground Bacon, this is our go-to most of the time. Set heat to medium-high and simmer off the water, allowing the bacon to braise a bit before frying. After the water has cooked off, lower the heat to medium, and slowly crisp the first side. Once crisped to your liking, flip and finish the other side. This would be a good time to give in to the irresistible siren scent that has claimed countless bacon strips, devoured right off the pan before ever seeing a plate. Go for it, no one’s watching.
Why This Works
It’s not magic or trickery, au contraire, it just makes sense. Consider for a moment, the pork chop dinner from our collective childhood which saw all the delicious juiciness of the meat lost and over-rendered on a blazing hot skillet. Pork, in general, does not like being shocked by extreme heat—a reasonable preference by our estimation. By starting cold and bringing the heat up slowly by braising the bacon before crisping, the end result will be a much juicier, more tender and perfectly-crispy bacon. Easing up on the heat during the frying step will preserve the sweeter notes, and avoid the acrid burnt taste that bacon can take on if it’s cooked at too high a temperature.
Now, if you liked that one, you’ll love our tips for Cooking Bacon on the Grill and Cooking Bacon in the Oven (also check out TikToker Abby Durlewanger—aka @houseofketo—"twisted bacon" cooking technique #twistedbacon). You can just sit back and enjoy these videos—*popcorn not included. And, yes, we do have a recipe for bacon-infused caramel popcorn we can share, once you’ve mastered the basics.
More Ways To Reach Your True Bacon Potential
Whatever your cooking skills, preferred equipment and desired level of bacon doneness are, we’ll help you achieve your bacon potential. Want to use your grandma’s cast-iron skillet? Perhaps cook in a convection oven? Trying out the latest Beautiful Kitchenware™ Air Fryer , we’ll help you discover and then forge your bacon path. Using our top three tips and RobustKitchen.com’s “24 Delicious Ways to Cook Bacon,” you can always change the kitchen appliance, cook time, and even the location (it’s almost grilling season) to live your best bacon life!
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