Sous vide bacon is becoming increasingly popular as people want the best of both worlds - crispy bacon pieces with a tender bite of bacon. The process allows for perfect, repeatable results every time.
Looking for a way to cook bacon that gets rid of most of the fat, this is it. The technique melts away the bacon fat effortlessly and without any mess!
what is sous vide bacon
Sous vide, in French means "under vacuum", involves sealing food in a plastic bag and submerging it into a water bath that's heated to an exact temperature. This allows the meat to cook evenly for hours on end with no risk of overcooking or burning. Sous vide bacon cooks up crispy and delicious every time!
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- Package of Thick Cut Bacon
sous vide machine settings
Fill the temperature-safe sous vide tub with water to the fill line. Tip: Use the bathtub for super hot water and fill-up speed.
General sous vide tip, always place the water tub away from kitchen cabinets. The machine will release a small amount of steam during the process that could be harmful to wood.
Attach the sous vide machine to the side of the water tub and secure it. Then plug the machine in. The screen will light up, displaying the temperature from the last time you used the machine.
Per the USDA Pork is safely cooked at 145 degrees F / 62.7 C.
cooking bacon using a sous vide machine
This technique allows the bacon to be cooked perfectly at a low temperature and over an extended period of time.
When shopping for bacon, look for packages labeled thick-cut, it has the most meat and least amount of fat (the white stuff is the fat).
Over the cooking duration, the amount of bacon fat will be highly reduced.
Cook the bacon for 8 hours at 145 degrees Fahrenheit or 62.7 Celsius
After 8 hours, remove the bacon bag and open it and pour out all the fat that has melted away. You'll notice, a lot has been removed.⬇️
Close the sous vide bag and place it into the refrigerator to set up and cool down, ie firm up.
The chilling process is helpful since the bacon is hot and very soft. That makes it hard to handle each slice of bacon. You can use the freezer to speed up the chilling process.
cooking the bacon
Cooking methods: Options galore
Ways to cook sous vide bacon:
- Oven (on wirerack)
- Air Fryer
- Deep Fryer
After the sous vide bacon has been set up in a refrigerator for several hours, it will look like this. Now it's time to cook bacon up to crispy perfection!
We tested 2 cooking methods:
- Oven, cooked on a wirerack
- Stovetop, using a cast-iron skillet.
test #1 oven baked bacon - the fatty slice
To my surprise, the fatty cut of bacon cooked up awesome. Super crispy with bite-through texture. One of the best pieces of bacon.
test #2 oven baked bacon - the thick cut slice
I would describe the thick-cut bacon cooked in the oven as crispy and meaty. I give this 10 out of 10 stars ⭐.
If I had to pick between the thick-cut and the fatty cut, my choice would go to the thick cut.
Why❓ Who doesn't love a bigger piece of bacon...
stovetop skillet bacon
Cooking the bacon on the stovetop provides high direct heat, which renders out more of the fat in less time. The bacon cooks twice as fast on the stovetop and results in a very crispy piece of bacon, more so than the oven.
Yes. Make sure the bacon completely cools down before placing it into the freezer. The bacon will last longer than a normal package of bacon due to the reduction of the liquids and the reduction of fat in the bacon.
What is the biggest issue using bacon to wrap food? It takes longer than the food to complete cooking.
With sous vide bacon you can now wrap food items like beef tenderloin, asparagus, or scallops and cook the bacon perfectly. The reason is this bacon cooks quicker after being sous vided.
After cooking the bacon at 145 degrees Fahrenheit or 62.7 Celsius for 8 hours, the bacon is safely cooked to USDA guidelines.
It is suggested to perform a second cooking method to improve the texture of the bacon. The main idea of sous vide bacon is to remove a large amount of the fat, so when cooking a second time, the bacon becomes super crispy with a tender bite.
How To Sous Vide Bacon
- 1 package Thick Cut Bacon
- 1 package Normal Cut Fatty Bacon
- Use either a Food Saver machine or large zip lock freezer bag and secure the bacon inside of the bag and seal the bag shut removing as much of the air as possible.Do not remove the bacon from the original air-tight sealed package, add the bacon package to a second bag and seal. Removing the air from freezer bags: remove the air by lowering the bag with the bacon inside into the water tub. The water pressure will force the air out of the bag. Then seal the top. Make sure to do a good job sealing.
Sous Vide Machine Settings
- Fill up the temperature-safe water tub to the fill line.Secure the sous vide machine to the side of the water tub, then plug it in.Set the temperature to 145 degrees Fahrenheit or 62.7 Celsius.Set timer for 8 hours.
Setting Up The Bacon To Be Cooked
- After 8 hours, or longer, remove the bacon from the water. You are going to notice that the large majority of the fat has rendered, melted away. Looks unappetizing at this point, but do not worry, simply pour out the fat and reseal the bag.Then place the resealed bag on a tray and place it into the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to chill, set up, firm up.
Cooking The Bacon
- We suggest cooking the bacon either in the oven, stovetop, or air fryer.Stovetop: Cooking the bacon on the stovetop provides high direct heat and will cook the bacon quicker than the oven. Oven: The bacon turns out crispy and tender to the bite. You can make a perfect bite mark with your teeth. Which is the gold standard for perfectly cooked bacon.Air Fryer: Enough said, air fryer😊