With just one easy step, you can turn regular oven bacon into chewy, crispy Bacon Twists! It’s a fun way upgrade your bacon for breakfast and brunch, and a great addition to a party spread or holiday grazing board. With just a little more effort, twisted bacon makes each slice both perfectly crispy and delightfully chewy.
Crispy & Chewy Baked Bacon
If you loved my perfect oven bacon and how to make a bacon weave posts, you’re going to love this Twisted Bacon recipe even more! Like oven bacon it’s baked in the oven, but instead of laying the pieces out flat each slice of bacon is twisted before being baked.
Why take the extra step of twisting the bacon slices? Twisted bacon gets both crispy AND chewy, so you don’t have to choose! The outsides get nice and crispy, while the insides stay soft and chewy. You get the best of both worlds in every bite.
Bacon twists are another fun way to make bacon – and who doesn’t need more bacon in their life?! Baking bacon in the oven in my favorite method for an everyday breakfast or brunch, but this is my go-to when it’s time to entertain and impress guests. It’s especially convenient when I can’t decide if I want crispy or chewy bacon.
I definitely recommend making more bacon twists than you anticipate needing because twisted bacon has a sneaky way of disappearing from the plate!
What You’ll Need
All you need to make twisted bacon is a package of bacon! I recommend using thin cut bacon but you can also use thick cut bacon, just allow for more cooking time.
How to Make Bacon Twists
Making twisted bacon in the oven is super simple! It takes all the magic and mess of frying bacon and keeps it contained right in the oven. In three simple steps you’ll have the chewy crisp bacon of your dreams.
- Twist the bacon. Cut the bacon in half and twist each slice of bacon. You can also twist full slices of bacon but, in my experience, the half slices hold up better when served. (Long ones are great for tall Bloody Mary’s.)
- Bake. Place the twisted bacon in a cold oven, then heat to 375 degrees. Once the oven preheats, it should cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. The exact time will depend on your oven, so adjust the time accordingly. Twisted bacon should be crispy on the outside when done cooking, as it will still be chewy on the inside.
- Serve. Drain the bacon twists on paper towels and then serve.
Tips for Success
If this is your first time making bacon twists, here are a few things I found helpful.
- How to clean up baked bacon. Carefully pour liquid bacon grease into a mug and allow to cool. Use paper towels to wipe remaining bacon grease from the pan prior to washing. DO NOT pour bacon grease down the sink, it should be disposed of in the trash.
- Use thin cut bacon. While you can make these bacon twists with thick cut bacon as well, I prefer using thin (often the standard) cut. It bakes more evenly and in less time.
- Use a rimmed baking sheet. Be sure to use a sheet pan with an edge to it, to prevent the bacon grease from going everywhere.
- Add seasoning. If you want to change up the flavor of your bacon, just sprinkle some preferred seasoning on before baking, like paprika or brown sugar.
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Twisted bacon with it’s crispy outside and chewy inside is the best of both worlds and makes everyone happy. Serve bacon twists anytime you’d serve regular bacon slices. At breakfast or brunch with eggs or pancakes, or add them salads, sandwiches, or burgers any time of the day.
My favorite way to serve bacon twists is for a party. They stand up straight in a glass for easy display and make a great compliment to a grazing board, Bloody Mary bar, or any buffet style brunch spread (like bridal or baby showers!)
Another option is just to enjoy twisted bacon as a snack! I’ve recently been told these were trending on TikTok after being recommended as an easy keto snack.
How to Store Leftovers
Store leftover bacon twists just like any other cooked bacon. In the fridge for 3 to 4 days, and reheat as needed in the microwave or oven.
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- 1 lb of thin sliced bacon
- Optional: If using, line your baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment.
- Cut the bacon in half, then twist each slice of bacon, arranging them in a single layer on a sheet pan.
- Place the twisted bacon into a cold oven, then heat to 375 degrees.
- Twisted bacon is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It should cook about 10 - 15 minutes once the oven has preheated. Ovens heat at different rates. Bacon in a quick heating oven will need more additional time than bacon in a slow heating oven. Check bacon for doneness once the oven is preheated and adjust the time accordingly.
- Promptly remove bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.
- For easy clean up: carefully pour liquid bacon grease into a mug and allow to cool. Use paper towels to wipe remaining bacon grease from the pan prior to washing. DO NOT pour bacon grease down the sink, it should be disposed of in the trash.
If using more than one pan, about half way through (or after the oven is preheated) swap the pans top for bottom to promote more even cooking.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 bacon twists
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 477mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 10g
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For the step by step version of this recipe, check out the Twisted Bacon Story.