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Why You Should Par-Cook Bacon For Some Recipes – Tricks and Tips

Why You Should Par-Cook Bacon For Some Recipes

But why should you par-cook your bacon if you plan to wrap it around other foods? You see, it is rare that bacon will cook at the same rate as the food you’ve paired with it. For example, shrimp or figs have different cooking times than crispy bacon. So to prevent overcooked foods with undercooked bacon wraps, we par-cook.

You should set up your par-cooked bacon as you would for a regular oven-cook. Food Network says you only need a baking sheet (one with a rim), tinfoil to line it with, and a cooling rack. After you cover the baking sheet with your tinfoil, lay down your bacon. Do not have your bacon overlap on the pan. Then, according to culinary scientist Jessica Gavin, cook the protein in the oven until the slices are brown but still flexible (via The Mercury News). Let the bacon pieces rest on the rack until they are cool enough to handle.

Par-cooking the bacon like this allows the meat to crisp on the second bake cycle while your other food experiences its normal cook time.