Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and lay 1 pound of medium-cut bacon out flat with as much can fit on the tray without overlapping. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 13 to 15 minutes until desired color and crispness is achieved. Transfer strips to a paper towel to drain excess grease.
For a crispier variation, place a baking rack between the parchment paper and raw bacon before it is placed in the oven. Allowing air between the bacon and the cookie sheet allows all sides to come into contact with the heat of the oven. When using this technique, make sure to carefully watch the bacon so it doesn't burn. Cooking time for bacon depends on the oven and the thickness of the cut of bacon. Thicker bacon requires more time, though the baking sheet method reduces cooking time by a few minutes.
Baking bacon in the oven is a cleaner method of cooking the popular meat due to the lack of grease splatter in the oven. Parchment paper also makes cleaning simpler because it can simply be removed and thrown away. Remaining grease should be disposed of properly or sealed in a jar to use at a later date.