Many people prefer cooking in stoneware because of the uniform heat that creates a perfect meal. Stoneware can be used to bake cookies, bread, meats, and other foods. However, one food that many people don’t think of cooking on stoneware is bacon. Like the other types of foods, cooking bacon on stoneware produces crispy, perfectly baked bacon without the hassle of standing over a greasy, hot pan. It is done in the oven and only takes about 20 minutes.
Things You'll Need
Cook the Bacon
Place the large stoneware bar pan on a flat surface and line with parchment if desired. Some worry that the bacon grease will flavor the stoneware, however, most who cook bacon on stoneware say there is no lingering bacon taste. If concerned about the bacon flavor, line the stoneware first with the parchment paper which will absorb a lot of the grease. Lay the 1 lb. of bacon out, overlapping it slightly.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it’s preheated, place the large stoneware bar pan on the middle rack in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes to check the bacon. Average baking time should be 20 minutes, give or take a few minutes. However, depending on how well-done you like your bacon, you should set the timer for less time to check it. Once you’ve tried it in your oven you can record the amount of time needed and in the future you won’t have to check it so frequently.
Remove the large stoneware bar pan from the oven and place on a heat-resistant surface. Using a set of metal tongs, remove the bacon and place on a plate lined with paper towels. These will absorb any remaining bacon grease before serving. Serve the bacon.
Clean the large stoneware bar pan using one or several methods. If you used parchment paper, drain the grease into a container and throw away the parchment paper. Place the pan in very hot water and let it sit (remember never use soap on stoneware). Scrape with the plastic stoneware scraper and remove to air dry. Alternatively, let the large stoneware bar pan sit out or put in the freezer to get the grease to solidify. Once solid, scrape as much grease off the pan as possible and then place the pan in very hot water. The hot water will remove the remainder of the grease and you can then use the plastic stoneware scraper. Afterward, remove and air dry.
References and ResourcesChef Success: Bacon in Stoneware
Cooking for Engineers: Bacon
"Cooking in Stoneware;" C. Herman Senn; May 2008