Are you looking for a special meal to prepare for your special deer hunter this weekend? Show that hunter some real love with this recipe for grilled bacon wrapped loin. (Some folks would call it “back strap.”) It’s one that our family saves for those special occasions! So, take a nice, big loin from the freezer, let it thaw overnight, and create this dish your hunter is sure to love!
- 1 large venison loin/back strap, butterflied down the middle and seasoned with pepper and garlic salt
- 1 package of bacon (approx. 2 slices of bacon per 1 ½ inches of loin)
- Tooth picks
- 8 oz. bar of cream cheese
- 4 oz. can of chopped green chilies (or if you like it spicy: 1/3 lb jalapenos cleaned, chopped and diced)
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- Heavy duty aluminum foil
Mix together the cream cheese, chili powder and peppers in your mixer.
Roll out aluminum foil and cut an amount that will “wrap” the loin: the length of loin long and about 12 inches wide. Put the foil on top of a baking sheet then place the loin on top of the foil.
Lay open the seasoned loin/back strap and spread/pack the cream cheese mixture down the length of the loin. Fold the loin back together, then…
Wrap 1 slice of bacon going in one direction and the 2nd piece the other (so there is no back strap showing and the cream cheese does not come out). Stick tooth picks in to hold the bacon on while grilling.
Fold the foil around the loin leaving the top open. Transfer venison package onto hot charcoal or gas outdoor grill.
Grill until all the bacon is cooked.
Some side dish ideas:
Baked potatoes – use the left over cream cheese and jalapenos on top
Corn on the cob – with pepper cream cheese as a spread
Mashed potatoes – with pepper cream cheese sauce*
*Cream Cheese Sauce: Over low heat combine pepper cream cheese (left over) and sour cream in equal amounts. Salt and pepper to taste with ½ cup cooking wine, simmer. It should be a little thick. This is also a very good sauce to use for the back strap. If the sauce is too thin use corn starch to thicken, simply follow the directions on box.
My thanks go out to Jessica and Ally Wright for sharing this recipe with me! Like usual, I’ve made some tweaks to fit my family and the way I cook. I hope you and your loved ones enjoy it as much as we do!
Cooking venison for the family,