The Ultimate BLT Sandwich plus Tips on Cooking Bacon

Ultimate BLT Sandwich with Avocado Ranch Spread

There’s one word and one alone that can describe why my family can’t completely kick paper towels. And that word is BACON! While I can clean my counters with cloth rags, use cloth napkins at the dinner table, and dry my hands off with a kitchen towel, nothing compares to using a paper towel to drain and cool off.

My family is pretty obsessed with bacon and we always seem to be cooking more up. With the kids starting to demand bacon on a more regular basis I needed to figure out how to streamline the process but still end up with delicious, slightly crispy bacon for the family.

And, of course, create a deliciously simply BLT sandwich while I cooked up my last batch of bacon. Complete with an avocado ranch spread that really hit the spot. 

Ultimate BLT Sandwich - bacon

The first thing I look for when picking up bacon is more meat, less fat. Yes, I know that bacon fat can be a favorite amongst many, but I’m the weird one that picks off all the fat once the bacon is on my plate and just eats the meaty part.

When I get my bacon home I then cook it up… well… bake it up! Yup, that’s right. I don’t get grease splatters everywhere or get burned on my hands multiple times while trying to flip bacon.

How to Bake Bacon:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil
  3. Place bacon on baking sheat
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes (or more for crispier bacon)
  5. Remove bacon and place on paper towels to drain
  6. Enjoy!

Ultimate BLT Sandwich - avocado ranch spread

While my bacon was baking in the oven I made up an avocado ranch spread. It’s so simple. 1/2 an avocado and 1/4 cup of dressing. Mash up the avocado and then add the dressing and combine. Set aside to spread on the bread when you’re ready to make your sandwiches.

Ultimate BLT Sandwich - bake bacon in oven

The one thing I love about baking my bacon in the oven is that it always comes out perfectly. There’s no need to worry if the first or second batch will be different or if I’ll make a mess anywhere.

Ultimate BLT Sandwich - bacon on paper towels

After the bacon is all ready to go it’s all about stacking up the ingredients to create the perfect BLT. With a delicious, fresh loaf of bread, some tasty crisp bacon, and fresh produce, this simple sandwich can really hit the spot!

Ultimate BLT Sandwich - assembling sandwich

The Ultimate BLT Sandwich

  • bacon
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • bread
  • avocado ranch spread
  1. Cook up bacon.
  2. Slice tomatoes and rinse lettuce.
  3. Slice bread and spread with avocado ranch spread.
  4. Layer tomatoes on top of the spread.
  5. Add lettuce and a few pieces of bacon.
  6. Put other slice of bread on top and cut in half.


Ultimate BLT Sandwich

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  1. Yum!! I love BLT and have been making a lot lately with “facon tempeh bacon”. I’ll have to sub in a avo-ranch spread!

  2. We do our bacon in the oven too. It is something that my son and I both learned in tech school, (Many years apart from each other obviously).

  3. my hubby is the bacon eater of the house followed by my sonny boy! they would love this BLT — I’m a simple gal when it comes to bacon–its next to eggs LOL

  4. This looks really good! I like that you added avocado as well. We have so many tomatoes, I was thinking Bacon tomato sandwiches were in order for lunch here 🙂

  5. I have never tried baking bacon in the oven! Has to be easier and cleaner than the mess on the stovetop!

  6. My perfect bacon sandwich is a BLC – Bacon, Lettuce and Cheese!

  7. I am for sure going to try your avocado ranch spread! That it has the perfect balance of easy and yummy is a total win! Tell me more good kitchen tricks like that one, Danielle!

  8. I love bacon in the oven – so easy! And, I totally just had this same sandwich TODAY for lunch. YUM!

  9. All recipes should have bacon in them! I am a new fan of bacon and chocolate.

  10. Oh wow, how have I not ever cooked bacon in the oven?! This does sound like a game-changer! I will definitely be doing this next time we have bacon. And man, a BLT sound amazing right now.

  11. My husband makes bacon wrapped shrimp on the grill that are absolutely delicious. Your sandwich looks really good.

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