A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon

This past weekend was a holiday here in Canada. It was the perfect reason to get the smoker fired up and invite some friends over. Along with corn on the cob and picnic salads, I smoked some ribs, chicken wings and these bacon wrapped pork tenderloin.

Good food – Good friends – Great time!

Pork tenderloin are great for BBQ parties and potlucks. I cut them into medallion slices and people can take however many they want on there plate. Since I smoke lots of different cuts of meat anytime I have a BBQ party, having smaller sized portions is great so people can take a small piece.

The funny thing is that people always come back for more of the tenderloin! It is just incredible!

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

I smoke pork tenderloin so many times every year. Sometimes I stuff them, while other times I just season them with a rub or glaze. One of my favourite ways to smoke them is to wrap them in bacon. Everything is better with bacon!

I have a number of different pork tenderloin recipes for the smoker:

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Prep the pork tenderloin by trimming any of the excess fat off. I also like to use a sharp knife and slice away the silver skin membrane off the tenderloin. 

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Once the tenderloin has been trimmed, season it with a cajun spice rub. You could easily use a store-bought cajun or creole seasoning. I also have a recipe for a Cajun Spice Rub.

If you want to change up the seasoning, you could use many different types of spice blends. It is a good change to mix it up and try different spice flavours.

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Wrap the pork tenderloin with bacon. I like to use 5 slices per tenderloin as it covers the meat very well and you do not need to stretch the bacon too much. The bacon does a great job of keeping the pork tenderloin moist. 

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Set the smoker to 275F heat level. This temperature level is a little higher than I typically use to smoke pork tenderloin. Normally, I smoke at 225F or 250F, but I find that bumping it up to 275F does a better job rendering the bacon.

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Smoke the pork tenderloin for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You want the pork to be at least at 145F, but I find that I let it smoke past that level because I want the bacon to be a little more rendered than what it gets to when the tenderloin reaches 145F.  Usually, I pull it when the internal temperature is somewhere around 155-160F. 

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Once the pork tenderloin is finished smoking and taken out of the smoker, let it rest for a good 5-10 minutes. While it is resting, brush it with your favourite BBQ sauce.

Here are some great BBQ sauce recipes.

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.

Slice the pork tenderloin into medallions around 1/2 – 1 inch thick. Serve just like this. It is just amazing!

BBQ Smoked Pork Tenderloin

A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.
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A delicious BBQ recipe of bacon wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Trim the pork tenderloins of any fat and membrane.
  • Season pork tenderloin with cajun seasoning.
  • Wrap the tenderloins with the bacon and place on smoker rack.
  • Set the smoker to 275F using wood of choice (hickory, apple or cherry work great).
  • Smoke the pork until they reach an internal temperature of 165F and the bacon is rendered and starting to crisp, approximately 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
  • Take the tenderloins out of the smoker and brush with BBQ sauce. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Let them rest for about 10 minutes. Slice into 1 inch medallions and serve.

 

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  • What is the calorie contribution of this dish also is it safe to eat this during conditions of ulcer?

  • Wow Steve, this looks fantastic. I have been trying to get my hubby to grill more. A smoker would be wonderful. Is a way to grill this, because we have no smoker? Thanks for sharing at “Love Your Creativity.”

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