How to Make the Tastiest Kitchen Hack: Pre-cooked Bacon


Who doesn’t love bacon? This pre-cooked bacon recipe is perfect for all of us who love the flavor it adds to dishes, but hate the inconvenience of frying it, not to mention the way the smell permeates the whole house! 

Bacon makes just about everything taste better, especially in a Southern kitchen! From quiches to salads to soups and more, bacon acts like a “flavor bomb”, adding crunch and packing a salty, savory punch. Many of us are used to buying pre-cooked bacon at Costco or the grocery store, but pre-cooked bacon is a savvy kitchen hack that you can make right at home for a fraction of the cost! 

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Pre-cooked bacon is made on a baking sheet for easy clean-up!

What Is Pre-cooked Bacon And Why Is It A Savvy Hack?

Pre-cooked bacon is just bacon that is made ahead of time! By making your bacon ahead of time, you save your future self time, money, and effort! I personally love the flavor of bacon, but do not love the smell it leaves behind in my house. Now that I always have pre-cooked bacon in my refrigerator, I do not have to worry about the leftover smell when I am entertaining! Also, you can watch me create this fabulous tip in Youtube.

How Can I Use Pre-cooked Bacon?

There are so many ways to use pre-cooked bacon! Whether you want to add some flavor to a quiche, a savory crunch to a salad, or a meaty, rich taste to soups, there are a million and one ways to use this flavorful addition! Bacon adds a “flavor bomb” to practically any dish! I use pre-cooked bacon in so many recipes. This hack is especially handy for my Spinach and Bacon Buttermilk Quiche, and my Broccoli, Raisin, and Bacon Salad!

Pre-cooked Bacon Is The Ultimate Time Saver: 

I have already told you how making this pre-cooked bacon saves you time in the future, but because it is made in the oven it is almost an entirely “hands-off” recipe! Instead of slaving over the stove or griddle while waiting for the bacon to cook, you simply slide your baking sheet into the oven! Additionally, this recipe requires hardly any clean-up! No more stubborn grease stains and messy griddles. The baking sheet will catch all the leftover grease, so all you have to do is drain it and store it! Leftover bacon grease is “gold” in any kitchen, so make sure you save it! For ideas on how to use leftover bacon grease to add flavor and depth to your recipes, check out this post

How Do I Store Pre-cooked Bacon? 

This recipe is “no fuss” to make and equally “no fuss” to store! After the bacon cools on the grid, just place the strips on parchment paper. You can store them whole, or crumble them for easy salad and soup toppers. Store the pre-cooked bacon in a Ziplock bag and keep it in the fridge. I usually make the bacon about a week or so before I plan to use it! 

If you make this recipe, be sure to let me know all the ways you add flavor to your kitchen with bacon! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

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How to Make the Tastiest Kitchen Hack: Pre-cooked Bacon

Pre-cooked bacon is SO easy to make and is a savvy way to add flavor and crunch to just about anything. Once you have it on hand you will be adding these "flavor bombs" to everything in your kitchen!


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 grid tray
  • 1 baking sheet with an edge (make sure your baking sheet has an edge so the grease does not run off the pan)
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 Ziplock bag


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place your grid tray on your sheet pan.

3. Place your bacon slices on the grid tray.

4. Cook to taste! Bacon is cut at different thicknesses, so the cook time will depend on how your bacon is cut. Keep an eye on it, and pull it out of the oven when the bacon is as "crispy" as you like it!

5. Let cool, and then place on parchment paper and store in a Ziplock bag in the fridge. This can keep for about a week!

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 88Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 19mgSodium 318mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g

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