Baked, not fried, bacon + The Bacon Cookbook Giveaway

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Here’s a little story about bacon.

Everybody knows I love bacon. I can make a blanket statement like that because I’m pretty sure it’s true.

Bacon is awesome for so many reasons, and I’m sure that if you like bacon, I really don’t have to explain all of the details here. If you don’t like bacon, you’re in the wrong place – head to because I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for there.

Good, you’re still here.

So if you like bacon, you may have said to yourself “Man, I need a new way to integrate bacon into my diet.”


That’s when I purchased a copy of The Bacon Cookbook, with over 150 recipes for using bacon in every which way. Covering every course from appetizer to desserts and breads, this cookbook won’t leave you bored. Try the Duck, Bacon and Pinto Bean Soup or the German Bacon Cookies, because both of those sound awesome.


I’ll never forget the time when I met Smoking Goose Meatery at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. They had bacon for about $7/lb. I bought some, because I knew it would be good. But I didn’t know it would be the best bacon I’ve ever tasted. Thick, salty but full of flavor, this bacon has sass. To this day it still holds this title, and very rarely do I buy inferior bacon. Once you’ve purchased quality, local bacon, you will always taste a difference with what you get from the supermarket.

You should also consider baking your bacon. Leave behind the cast iron skillets, the popping grease that goes everywhere, and the constant monitoring for a baking sheet and an oven. Never tried it? Here’s a quick recipe:

Baked, not fried, bacon recipe

Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Lay bacon on the sheet, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned. The bacon stays flat, is super crispy and you got to hang out on the couch and watch The Cosby Show instead of hanging out at the stove!

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Disclosure: This giveaway was not sponsored and is a personal copy of The Bacon Cookbook that I am giving away on my own behalf. 

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  • Brandi Cook

    It’s also super yummy if you put a little brown sugar across the bacon before putting in the oven…to.die.for.

    • solidgoldeats

      Yes, please. Oh wait, you weren’t offering bacon, just suggesting. I got all excited! haha.

  • Teresa Ulrich

    BACON… I will try baking it the next time I fix it!

    I like to make my own bacon, egg, and cheese muffins. I toast a whole wheat english muffin, scramble some eggs (forming them into a circle while cooking them is fun), and top it off with bacon and a slice of provolone or cheddar, and, voila! A simple, tasty breakfast sandwich!

    • solidgoldeats

      Have you ever made bacon and pancake muffins? Add cooked bacon to the muffin tin, cover with pancake batter and bake. Delish! Also works great with sausage or turkey sausage, cheese, etc.

  • Wesley

    I found a recipe through a Cooper’s Hawk cookbook. One of the best things I’ve ever had: a bacon, vegetable hash. 1 cup of corn kernels, 1 cup mixed vegetables–saute and set aside in a bowl. Cook up about 4 slices of chopped bacon until crispy, toss vegetables in with bacon. Put all of that in a bowl and mix in 2 tables spoons garlic mayo with a touch of cayenne. AMAZING and only takes about 10 minutes to make. BOOM

    • solidgoldeats

      I am definitely going to try this!!!

      • Wesley

        Excited to hear what you think when you do!

  • Kimberly

    I like it classic, just straight-up bacon. And also with syrup. Anyone else?

    • solidgoldeats

      We ate bacon at 1030pm the other day, just as a snack. Ha.

  • Kalamity Kelli

    Because Bacon is my friend, I have been baking bacon for years! That’s mostly because I don’t like getting that smell on my clothes or in the house – it’s hard to get out. This is really going to date me but I love Rumaki!! or a BLT with thick Texas Toast is fantastic too!

    • solidgoldeats

      RIP, popping grease. You won’t be missed.

  • brewner

    bacon is a key ingredient in my chili

    • solidgoldeats

      I’ve heard of people using bacon in chili. While I haven’t tried it myself, I think I will give it a shot next time! That is, when it isn’t 70 degrees in December…

  • Jenne Kopalek

    Bacon fettuccine alfredo is my favorite dish with bacon!

    • solidgoldeats

      That sounds amazing! Throw some peas in there and BAM.

  • Tony Troxell

    I learned about baking bacon about a year and a half ago, and I haven’t gone back. It is simply awesome. Plus, it means I don’t have to worry about it as I’m grilling the cheeseburgers to put said bacon on!

    • solidgoldeats

      Exactly! Free’s up the iron skillet for other duties!

  • Maureen

    I like pasta carbonara and BLT’s. But my husband loves it with chocolate dipped or he loves it with peanut butter in a sandwich.

    • solidgoldeats

      Pasta Carbonara was the first dinner I ever cooked for John, 5 years ago. It’s definitely a favorite in our house!

  • Mary Helene

    Good old reliable frank and beans with bacon

    • solidgoldeats

      Oh man, I love beans, almost as much as I love bacon.

  • Christy

    Who doesn’t love bacon? I haven’t tried baking it, but that may be what I try next.

    • solidgoldeats

      Totally worth it! You won’t miss the skillet!

  • 4thFrog

    I am not allowed to cook bacon anymore. (Why? But maybe if I just tried to bake it, the judges would allow a temporary reprieve, if I had proper supervision. Anyway, I still love the stuff and would probably give the book to my brother-in-law so he can make me bacony deliciousness when I come to visit.

    • solidgoldeats

      Wow! Well, cooking it in the oven might prevent any disasters!

  • 4thFrog

    Sadly, I’m not allowed to cook bacon anymore. Something to do with a minor house & landscape fire (see Nov. 2011 on my blog). Anyway, I AM allowed to (or I do anyway) eat bacon and if I had this cookbook, I could see how many ways someone else could cook bacon for me.

  • cezovski

    It’s called Jungle Stew — it’s got kidney beans, hamburger, bacon, tomato soup and I’m probably forgetting something, but it’s really good!

    • solidgoldeats

      That sounds amazing – might have to try this myself!

  • Casondra

    I can’t wait to try baking it! I love a bacon sandwich with a good cheese and a few thin slices of honey crisp apples!

    • solidgoldeats

      Ooh, bacon and apples is a new combo for me!

  • Jacqueline Wilson

    DUDE! BACON? Enough said…

    • solidgoldeats

      I know, right??

  • manda

    I like bacon in salads… or anyting

    • solidgoldeats

      Mmm gotta love bacon on a salad with ranch bacon!

  • Brittany Wolters

    I love a good maple cupcake with a piece of bacon on top! Delicious!

    • solidgoldeats

      Me too! Or, gasp, INSIDE the cupcake is bacon. Say wha??

  • Gianna

    Bacon weaved meatloaf with an Irish whiskey glaze.

  • Brandon J. Carr

    BACON is my favorite dish including bacon. So everything that includes bacon is my fave.

  • Joan O

    Bacon, spinach and tomato on toast sometimes with avocado. Yum!

  • Victoria Shank

    Potato soup with bacon!

  • Cheryl W.

    My favorite recipe to make during the holidays is Jalapeno Chocolate Covered Bacon. It gets rave reviews everywhere I go. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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