Bacon is by far one of the most popular items people like to cook on their flat top grill/griddle. Whether you like your bacon chewy or crisp, thick cut or thin, we’ll show you how to cook bacon on a griddle to perfection.
This is an obvious breakfast staple but you’ll find yourself making bacon more and more on your griddle to accompany other dishes like bacon smash burgers, bacon jalapeno poppers and bacon wrapped scallops. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about cooking bacon on a griddle.
Making Griddle Bacon:
Gas griddles are perfect for cooking bacon because you can cook a lot at one time and it’s easy to remove excess grease as your cooking. When cooking up a big batch of bacon on your Blackstone or other gas griddle, there’s some important steps and tips to follow so it comes out just how you like it. Let’s review everything you need to know for perfectly cooked bacon.
Tips for Making Perfect Bacon:
- Take your bacon out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking so it’s room temperature. This will help it cook better.
- Each pack of bacon is unique and may cook faster or slower so be flexible with the cooking time
- Unlike most foods cooked on a griddle, no oil is necessary to be placed on the cooktop. The bacon will provide more than enough as it cooks.
Griddle Temperature for Bacon:
What’s the ideal griddle temp for bacon? It’s 325-350 degrees and here’s why. If you cook the bacon at too high a temperature, it’s more likely to cook unevenly and burn. You want it to cook at a nice even temperature that allows the bacon’s fat to render slowly.
Try to avoid temps approaching 400 degrees. The best way to measure this is with an infrared thermometer. This will allow you to accurately measure the temperature of the griddle cooktop.
Using A Griddle Press:
A griddle press (sometimes called a bacon press) is a tool you can use when cooking your bacon. Using one when cooking can help in a handful of ways. For starters, bacon has a tendency to curl up off the griddle as it cooks.
By placing the press on top of the bacon, it will keep it flat so the entire strip of bacon stays in contact with the cooktop and will cook evenly.
Another advantage of a bacon press is that it can help cook the bacon from the top as well as the bottom at the same time. You can place the press on the griddle and allow it to heat up. Once piping hot, you place it on top of the bacon so the bacon is being cooked on both sides. This also cooks the bacon more quickly so it shortens the time needed to make it.
Using a griddle press is definitely not a requirement but can help in the process so the choice of whether to use one or not is up to you.
How to Cook Bacon on a Griddle:
We’ve covered the things you’ll need to be aware of when cooking bacon on your griddle but now we’ll walk you through the cooking process. Here’s what you’ll need.
What You’ll Need:
- Paper towels
- Bacon press (optional)
Take your bacon out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking so it come warm up to room temperature. This helps the bacon cook better. Fire up your griddle and set it to a medium heat. If you have an infrared thermometer, aim for 325-350 degrees.
If using a bacon press, place this on the cooktop now so it can heat up. Once the griddle has reached appropriate temperature, begin to place the strips of bacon on the cooktop. Make sure the strips are not touching and have some space between them.
Allow the bacon to begin cooking. It will cook for approximately 5-8 minutes on the first side, depending on the thickness of the bacon cut. Grease will begin to accumulate so use a spatula or scraper to push any excess into the grease trap.
Once the bacon has cooked for between 5-8 minutes, use your tongs to carefully flip each piece and allow it to continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes
If using a bacon press, place it on top of the bacon right after placing it on the griddle. The bacon should cook in approximately 4-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon. There’s no need to flip the bacon if using a press.
Once the bacon has reached your desired level of crispiness, carefully remove it from the griddle using a clean pair of tongs and place it on a plate with paper towels. Once all the bacon is removed, place additional paper towels on top of the bacon to help absorb the extra bacon grease.
How to Know When it’s Done:
Even if you like your bacon very chewy, it needs to be cooked to at least 160 degrees for food safety purposes. It may be tough to use a food thermometer because it’s so thin so you’ll probably be eyeballing it.
When cooked sufficiently, the meat of the bacon should no longer be pink and should be a reddish color. The fat should not be bright white anymore, but a translucent off white color.
If you like your bacon crispy, you’ll want to cook it even longer and the color of the meat will be an even darker red and the fat will be light brown.
Extra Griddle Bacon Tips:
- Bacon can be reheated easily by popping it back on the griddle. This will help maintain the taste and texture better compared to other methods like a microwave.
- Used bacon grease can be saved for cooking other dishes and adding flavor
- Take proper safety precautions to avoid burns when cooking as bacon release quite a bit of boiling hot grease. Use protective gloves if possible and remove excess grease while cooking.
Griddle cooked bacon is a magical thing and being able to cook up massive batches is great.
Not only can you cook lots of bacon at the same time, but you can also cook other breakfast foods like eggs or pancakes while cooking the bacon too.
You should now know everything you need to know about cooking bacon on a griddle. Bacon and eggs is great but bacon is also great for other griddle cooked foods like sandwiches, burgers and more. If you’re looking for more tasty things to cook up, check out our article on cooking pancakes on a griddle and cooking eggs on a griddle.