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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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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.

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon with raspberry-chipotle sauce ready for serving

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.

A slice of tenderloin being dunked in sauce

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.

FAQ:

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

You may prepare the meat earlier in the day, stuff it with cheese and wrap with the bacon and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Can I make my own raspberry-chipotle sauce?

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/

How many will this recipe serve?

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.

Any ideas what to serve on the side?

Put your dinner over the top by serving homemade slider buns to make miniature sandwiches. My Favorite Dinner Rolls or Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls are perfect for this purpose. We also like it with Cilantro and Hominy Rice.


How to assemble cream cheese stuffed pork tenderloin and wrap it with bacon:

(If you prefer, watch the video above.)

Removing the silver skin from the pork
Remove the thin outer silver membrane from the raw tenderloin. Allow some time for this surgery if you haven’t done it before.
splitting the tenderloin down the middle with a knife
Split the tenderloin down the middle, but don’t cut all the way through.
covering cookie sheet with foil.
Cover a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil. It will save you a lot of elbow grease at clean-up time.
laying bacon out on the covered baking sheet.
Lay out the bacon pieces.
pouring raspberry sauce over split meat
Pour a thin stream of raspberry-chipotle sauce down the middle.
tucking cream cheese pieces inside the pork
Line up pieces of cream cheese in the split.
wrapping the bacon around the loin
Wrap bacon over the top and tuck the ends underneath.
bacon-wrapped tenderloin before baking
Bake at 450˚F for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork is 145˚F. (Take care to assess the temperature in the meat itself and not the cream cheese filling.)
baked bacon-wrapped pork
If the pork is much thicker in the middle than on the ends, you may need to cover the ends with foil and leave the tenderloin in the oven until it reaches temperature in the middle and the bacon gets crispy. If the meat is cooked but the bacon is not yet crispy, set it under the broiler until the bacon gets crisp. Keep your eye on it when using a broiler.
Covering the tenderloin with sauce
Cover and let the tenderloin sit on the counter for about 10 minutes before slicing. Pour sauce over the top before serving.
Stuffed pork tenderloin on a serving platter
Serve with extra sauce on the side.

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Hope to see you again soon!
Paula

p.s. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email me privately: paula at saladinajar.com.


Yield: 3-4 servings

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Pork tenderloin stuffed with cream cheese gets wrapped with bacon and bathed in Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce. The aroma in the house while this bakes is enough to make this recipe the grand champion of the year.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon (regular-cut)
  • 1 pork tenderloin, 1 to 1-1/2 pound
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • Half of a 15.75-ounce bottle of raspberry chipotle sauce
  • Freshly-ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cover a small cookie sheet or shallow baking dish or pan with foil, preferably non-stick. Be sure foil goes up and over the sides with no seams.
  2. Lay 4 slices of bacon on a cookie sheet with space the width of bacon between each strip. See the picture above.
  3. Carefully trim any fat or silverskin from the tenderloin.
  4. Butterfly tenderloin down the middle, cutting about 3/4 of the way through the meat. Lay it out on top of the bacon.
  5. Place cream cheese down the middle. Cover with raspberry-chipotle sauce.
  6. Fold tenderloin back up so that cream cheese is enveloped and wrap tenderloin with bacon. Tuck the ends under. Use extra bacon if necessary to cover tenderloin.
  7. Season with freshly-ground pepper.
  8. Bake in 450˚ F oven for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork is 145˚F. If bacon is not yet crispy and brown, put the meat under the broiler until the bacon gets crisp. Wrap the ends of the whole tenderloin with foil pieces to protect them from burning if they get done before the middle of the tenderloin.
  9. Once the bacon is cooked, coat the entire bacon-wrapped tenderloin with enough raspberry-chipotle sauce to cover but not so much that it drips excessively onto the cookie sheet.
  10. After removing from the oven, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing. Coat the entire bacon-wrapped tenderloin with enough raspberry-chipotle sauce. Serve with extra sauce on the side.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g

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