UndercoverMan: That sort of shrinkage is nearly unavoidable, but it can be treated by placing the cock in a warm mouth after emerging from the water.
As for the bacon, cooking it is not the problem. We need a scientific approach to easy cleanup after cooking it. The oven method usually involves putting the strips on a rack and then placing the rack on a sheet pan. Have you ever handled a hot sheet pan full of hot grease? It is tricky at best and even downright dangerous. After the pan has cooled you still have a mess to clean up.