Place an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with foil—tucking it under the outside rim of the pan. Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the foil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, depending on how crisp you like your bacon. (25 minutes will give you perfectly crisp bacon.)
Meanwhile, arrange 2 layers of paper towels on a second baking sheet. Using tongs, remove the cooked bacon to the paper towels to drain. Turn the slices to blot both sides. Perfectly cooked straight slices of bacon with no humps and curlicues, and no splattered stovetop! Simply remove the foil from the baking sheet and toss it away. (But do keep the bacon drippings for cooking perfect mustard greens.) To take the whole experience way over the top, add a couple handmade buttermilk biscuits and homemade jam.