How to Cook PERFECT Bacon Experiment – Smoked vs Grilled vs Air Fryer?

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Bacon Experiment

Today, we’re doing another meaty experiment. There are a lot of different techniques and methods to cooking bacon. So we’re putting them to the test today. We’re going to try air fried, grilled, and smoked.

Testing the Methods

For all three cooking methods, we are using thick (or as the kids say “thiccc”) cut bacon.

First, we are going to air fry bacon. We used our Ommo Air Fryer. We are going to cook it in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. I really love this method because it is 1) quick 2) easy 3) clean up is really easy. We recently did an experiment comparing air fried and oven baked bacon. You can check out this post for the results.

Next, we are going to grill the bacon on our solo stove. This grill acts like a convections grill because it creates a lot of airflow and gets the grill super hot. We are cooking with a two zone method. It should only take about 10 minutes. We used this solo stove two zone to make some delicious jalapeno poppers. The two zone method helps reduce flare ups and chances of burning your food.

Lastly, we are going to smoked bacon. This method will take the longest, about two hours. You really want to cook it low and slow so that it can really soak up the smoke flavor and get nice and crispy.

What’s the Best Way to Cook Bacon?!

bacon experiment

Winner, winner, bacon dinner!? I think we can all the air fryer was the best. I would say this one’s actually amazing. This bacon was definitely way moister than the grilled and has a little bit
better chew than the smoked.

In second place, we have the smoked bacon. It has a really nice smoked flavor and the low heat rendered the fat so that is really melts in your mouth. It is a close second to the air fried, if only it had a tiny bit better texture!

Last but not least, is the grilled bacon. Although it is super crispy, the bacon turned out pretty dry. A little too dry. Maybe we overcooked it? Either way, it hardly compares to the air fried or smoked bacon.

Try this experiment and let us know which method is your favorite! In the mean time, please subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss an experiment, recipes or bite sized cooking hack!

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