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Real Simple staffers pigged out on 58 versions of the best food on earth, bacon. These winning strips truly sizzled.

  • 1. How to Cook Bacon for a Crowd

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    No need to slave over a skillet. Instead, heat oven to 425° F. Set a cooling rack inside a rimmed baking sheet (to let the fat drip off), spread out the bacon, and cook until crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • 2. Best Original

    Oscar Mayer

    Oscar Mayer Naturally Hardwood Smoked
    Eggs, meet your perfect mate: This quintessential bacon cooks up thin and crispy, with just the right balance of fat and salt.

    To buy: $5 for 16 ounces.

  • 3. Best Reduced-Sodium

    Farmland

    Farmland Lower Sodium
    Skimping on salt doesn’t mean forgoing flavor: Even with about 30 percent less sodium than standard cured bacon, this savory pick is just as smoky and succulent.

    To buy: $6 for 16 ounces.

  • 4. Best Maple

    Niman Ranch

    Niman Ranch Maple Uncured
    A sweet, country-style glaze contrasts nicely with the smokiness beneath. Wrap around dates and broil for an easy hors d’oeuvre.

    To buy: $8 for 12 ounces. Nitrate-free.

  • 5. Best Turkey

    Applegate

    Applegate Uncured Turkey
    Don’t count turkey out. With a flavor that’s a cross between Canadian bacon and conventional strips, this healthy alternative boasts about 50 percent less fat than pork has.

    To buy: $5 for 8 ounces.

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