A simple venison backstrap seasoned with salt and pepper, wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven until crispy perfection. You can also throw this bad boy on the grill.
The word “backstrap” will get the attention of any hunter, but the words “backstrap” and “bacon” will have them foaming at the mouth…or at least that’s what happens to me.
There are so many things you can do with a backstrap. Most of the time I make steaks with them, but on occasion, I like to wrap it in bacon and bake or grill it. Sometimes I’ll even flatten it and stuff it with various other foods like onions, jalapenos, and cream cheese or pepper jack cheese and sometimes I’ll add a little more deer meat, such as sausage or even seafood. The possibilities are endless.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to marinades as well. I like using Stubb’s brand marinades even though they don’t have a particular marinade just for venison, but everything I’ve tried turned out fabulous.
There are a lot of great homemade marinades I use as well. You can marinade in broth or a saltwater brine, a brown sugar mixture or even sweet tea. Sometimes I’ll mix up a couple of cups of Worcestershire sauce, and a couple of teaspoons each of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and anything else I might want to add. I let it soak at least 24 hours and then drain the marinade when ready to cook.
I wrap mine the easy way and as my friends from the Facebook group P.E.T.A. People Eating Tasty Animals tells me, many people wrap them this way. However, you get better bacon coverage if you do a bacon weave instead. If you’re interested, do a Google search and you’ll find lots of instructions on how to make a bacon weave.
For this recipe, I kept it as simple as possible. I didn’t marinade it. I simply sprinkled some seasoning on the backstrap, wrapped it in bacon, sprinkled a little more seasoning over the bacon, baked and then crisped the bacon on broil.
Bacon Wrapped Backstrap
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Yield: 6 Servings
Serving Size: 1 Slice
- 2 lb venison backstrap
- 6 pieces of thin bacon
- Dash of salt
- Dash of black pepper
- First, place the oven rack in the center and preheat to 350 F.
- Pat the backstrap partially dry. This makes it easier to wrap. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and black pepper.
- Start at one end and wrap a piece of bacon around the backstrap, keeping the end piece of the bacon under the backstrap.
- Continue wrapping until the backstrap is covered in bacon. Sprinkle with a little dash of salt and black pepper.
- Bake or grill, for rare about 15-20 minutes, for medium about 25-30 minutes, well done (I hope you pass on this), but about 35-40 minutes.
- If you’re unsure, use a thermometer. Rare is about 125, medium 145, and well done is 160.
- If you bake this, once you’re done baking, to help crisp the bacon, you can turn the oven to broil and turn the backstrap occasionally to crisp it all around. If you want, you can also place the backstrap in a heated medium-high frying pan or on the grill and heat just until crisp.
One little important note–make sure your backstrap has close to the same size thickness throughout. If not, it will bake unevenly. Also, if you have a small backstrap, you might want to cut the cooking time down. You don’t want an overcooked backstrap.
When ready to serve, slice the backstrap on each circle of bacon–in other words, use the bacon as a guide to cut the backstrap. This way, everyone gets an equally sized piece and it’s easier to calculate the nutritional facts.
I can just look at it and drool!
Bacon Wrapped Backstrap is delicious with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes or potatoes baked with bacon and cheddar cheese, and baked beans. Try our Venison Baked Beans recipe. It is fantastic with Bacon Wrapped Backstrap!
The good, the bad and the delicious…
- Bacon Wrapped Backstrap contains no sugar, no carbs, and is high in potassium and protein.
- It also might be too high in sodium for some.
See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.
Bacon Wrapped Backstrap Nutrition Facts
|Yields: 6 Slices||Serving: 1 Slice|
|Calories 267||Calories from fat: 27|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 8 g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 1 g||6%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 8 mg||3%|
|Sodium 933 mg||39%|
|Potassium 595 mg||17%|
|Total Carbohydrates 0 g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0 g||0%|
|Sugars 0 g|
|Protein 45 g||90%|
|Vitamin A 0%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 0%||Iron 0%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc.
To make this recipe more diet-friendly…
- To help lower the sodium omit the added salt and also use low-sodium bacon.
- Whatever changes you make to your Bacon Wrapped Backstrap, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com