There are a lot of ways to cook bacon, but after lots of research (we've eaten A LOT of bacon, guys), we've determined the smartest to cook slices is in the oven: there's less mess, it makes serving bacon to a crowd SO easy, and the results are just as crispy. Here's how to perfectly cook bacon in the oven every single time. Elevating the bacon allows the strips to cook from all sides. Lay bacon strips in a SINGLE layer on the baking sheet. Per usual, drain the (very greasy) bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, then serve immediately.