Delicious Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin and Heart Recipe

Tenderloin goes ridiculously fast at my house.  We usually eat the venison tenderloin and heart right after the hunt.  If you’ve never had heart before, you’re in for a treat.  This is a thick muscle that yields some very high quality meat.  You can’t go wrong with it.  If you don’t have tenderloin, you can also use backstrap.  Be aware that this makes a lot of food and you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Delicious Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin and Heart Recipe

An easy and fast recipe for those times you come home from the hunt successful.  You can also use backstrap in this recipe.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: backstrap, bacon, easy, fast, heart, tenderloin, venison
Author: MH Bonham


  • 1 lb venison tenderloins can use backstraps
  • 1 lb bacon thick
  • 1 venison heart
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour


To Prepare the Heart for Cooking

  • Rinse the heart under cold running water and squeeze out any blood. 
  • Cut out any extra fat and any blood vessels
  • Slice down the side of the heart and lay it open like a butterfly.  You'll see strands of connective tissue.  Remove those.
  • Now, slice the heart so you get about 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips, moving from the top to the bottom of the heart.  Those are the strips you'll be cooking.
  • Mix the flour, salt, and spices.  Dredge the heart pieces in the coating.  Reserve coating for tenderloin.  Set aside heart pieces.

To Prepare the Tenderloin for Cooking

  • Cut tenderloin into 1-inch thick pieces.
  • Using the reserved flour coating, coat all tenderloin pieces.
  • Wrap each piece of tenderloin with a strip of bacon.  Use toothpicks or meat netting to secure the bacon.

To Cook Tenderloins and Heart

  • Take leftover bacon and add to a frying pan and cook on medium.
  • Add tenderloin and heart pieces
  • Cook until desired doneness.
  • Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!

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