When it comes to bacon, there are two camps. One includes people who want crispy strips that shatter into crunchy bits with each bite. The other prefers a tender, chewy texture that's great for topping burgers or wrapping around steaks and scallops. But bacon lovers of all stripes can't stop raving about this baking sheet and wire rack set from Checkered Chef that's perfect for bacon—and it's more than half-off on Amazon right now.
If you haven't tried baking bacon, you're missing out. It's a hands-off method to prepare multiple servings at once and doesn't splatter grease all over the stovetop. And with the Checkered Chef set, home cooks can get any texture they crave. Cooking directly on the sheet pan guarantees chewy strips, and using the wire rack produces extra-crispy results.
Like many other great baking sheets, the Checkered Chef half-sheet pan is made from strong aluminum that heats evenly and quickly. It also has rolled edges for extra reinforcement against warping and to prevent spills. And since it measures 18-inches by 13-inches, it easily fits most oven racks with extra room for air circulation.
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To buy: Checkered Chef Baking Sheet with Wire Rack Set, $19 (originally $38) at amazon.com
The second part of the set consists of a 17-inch by 12-inch stainless steel rack that nests inside the rimmed pan. Of course, the wire rack is great for cooling baked goods like cookies or cakes, but users say it really shines inside the oven. Combining the rack and pan works like a makeshift air fryer: hot air circulates around food, creating a remarkably crispy texture as fat and liquid drip below.
In addition to bacon, the rack is great for reheating leftovers and frozen foods. It's even strong enough to hold 20-pound turkeys, one reviewer said. In fact, Amazon shoppers can't stop gushing over their Checkered Chef baking set, writing that it's well-built, versatile, and easy to clean. It's no wonder that the cookware has amassed more than 5,500 five-star reviews.
"This has turned out to be my go to sheet—everything from frozen snacks to cookies, and most of all bacon," one wrote. "It is the best bacon cooker you'll find."
A second added, "We use this to cook bacon in the oven and absolutely love it. How something can be crisp yet chewy at the same time is a mystery, but my wife is a bacon magician."
Originally $38, the Checkered Chef baking sheet and wire rack set is on sale for just $19 right now. Who knows? Maybe you can be a bacon magician, too.