Preview: This recipe for Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce over the top is a spectacular way to spoil your family and friends.
Consider yourself warned about the come-hither aroma wafting from your oven as this pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese bakes. Any hungry person within sniffing distance of your kitchen will be begging for a sample.
With only 4 ingredients (pepper doesn’t count), you won’t need a recipe after making this bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin the first time. The spicy raspberry-chipotle sauce combined with the cream cheese filling makes this pork tenderloin memorable.
A big thanks to my friend Scooter, of Scooter’s Spaghetti fame, who shared this recipe. My husband went crazy for it. When I served this stuffed pork tenderloin to my sister who was in town from Alabama with her husband. They pronounced it a winner. I hope you and the people at your dinner table will enjoy it, too.
The magic of the cream cheese filling:
Consider the cream cheese a built-in condiment. The contrast between the mild and creamy cheese, the crispy bacon, and the sweet and spicy sauce will have your taste buds begging for more.
The bacon combined with raspberry-chipotle sauce and pork makes for an exquisitely sweet, salty, and smoky flavor experience.
Ingredients and substitutes:
- PORK TENDERLOIN: Pork tenderloin cooks quickly while retaining a tender texture so it’s perfect for this recipe. Be sure to remove the silverskin from the outside of the tenderloin. This membrane is strong and will be chewy if not removed.
Don’t confuse a pork tenderloin with a pork loin. You can read more about the differences here. In this recipe, using a loin instead of a tenderloin would require a longer, slower cooking time to make it tender. Tenderloin is the tenderest cut of pork. Cook it at a high temperature, but don’t overcook it. Long cooking times can cause it to dry out since it is not a fatty cut of pork.
- BACON: Regular-cut bacon bakes up crispier than thick-cut bacon.
- CREAM CHEESE: If you would prefer less fat, substitute Neufchâtel cheese for cream cheese.
- RASPBERRY-CHIPOTLE SAUCE: I didn’t specify an exact amount in the recipe. Go sparingly if you prefer mildly-spiced food. Be generous if you enjoy your food with some kick. I have only tried Fischer and Wieser raspberry-chipotle sauce.
You may prepare the meat earlier in the day, stuff it with cheese and wrap with the bacon and refrigerate until ready to bake.
I have not tried it myself, but others have: https://www.thespruceeats.com/raspberry-chipotle-sauce-recipe-1806880, https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/203287/raspberry-chipotle-sauce/, https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/raspberry-chipotle-bbq-sauce-recipe/
As written, this recipe serves 3-4 carnivores. This will vary according to the size of pork tenderloin you are baking. The recipe is easy to double or triple.
How to assemble cream cheese stuffed pork tenderloin and wrap it with bacon:
(If you prefer, watch the video above.)
Crazy about bacon?
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p.s. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email me privately: paula at saladinajar.com.