Saturday, August 29, 2015

Deer Bites

It may still be August, but there has certainly been a nip in the air this past week. The cool mornings have reminded me that hunting season is just around the corner. In honor of that fact, I have a recipe for you today that is my personal favorite way to prepare deer meat.... wrapped in bacon! Venison is already wonderful on its own, but when you wrap it in bacon, something magical happens!

This recipe can either be prepared on the grill, or in the oven, whichever suits your fancy. (I'll provide instructions for both.) However, you will need a full 24 hours to marinade the meat beforehand, so the recipe does require a little bit of forethought. And be warned... Deer Bites are quite addictive, and will go faster than you might think, so be sure to make plenty! I hope your family and friends enjoy these little delights as much as we do... 

 Printable Recipe 
  • Deer Tenderloin or Backstrap
  • Milk
  • Italian Dressing
  • Bacon
  • Greek Seasoning (see photo)


Prepare your deer tenderloin (or backstrap) by cutting it into bite-sized pieces. 

Then tenderize them.

Some of the pieces ended up pretty big after I tenderized them, so I cut those pieces in half.

Place the tenderized meat into a sealable bowl and cover the pieces with equal parts of milk and Italian dressing. (I like to use the Zesty Italian dressing) Marinade the meat in this mixture for at least 24 hours. (This is said to take some of the gaminess out of the deer meat.) 

Remove the meat from the marinade and wrap each piece in a half strip of bacon, and secure it with a toothpick. Sprinkle all sides with Greek seasoning.

The amount shown (33 bites) is from 2 tenderloins.

To bake them: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a broiler pan by lining the inside bottom with aluminum foil (You'll thank me for this later.), and spraying the top grating with cooking spray. Place the deer bites on the broiler pan, and bake them in the oven until the bacon is crisp and the deer meat is cooked through. (The actual time can vary depending on the thickness of your bacon and the bites themselves, but usually about an hour.) Flip them over after 30 minutes of cooking. 

To grill them: It's pretty much the same... Spray the grill with cooking spray, then cook the bites until the bacon is crisp and the deer meat is cooked through. You will need to flip them regularly, and move them around to ensure even cooking, though. (Again the time will vary according to the thickness of your bacon and the bites themselves.)


Related posts that might interest you:

 Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Deer Backstrap 

 30 Minute Venison Chili 



  1. We eat deer all the time. These little bits look great. Pinning. Stopping by from Great Idea Thursday.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you like them as much as we do. :o)

  2. Wow. These sound great. My dad hunts but my mom doesn't like deer meat so he gives his away...I'll have to ask him to keep a backstrap for me so I can try this. I've only had venison a couple of times and I loved it...can't really get deer meat in Hawaii though :( Thanks for sharing this with us at Great Idea Thursdays. I bet this would be a hit at a football party.

    1. I hope you get a chance to try these. They are really delicious! Does you dad hunt anywhere near Mississippi? If so, I think I know where he can off load some of his surplus... lol. See you next Thursday.

  3. Interesting recipe. I am visiting from the #HomeMattersParty #53 and hope that you will visit me too at http://www/

    1. Thank you for dropping by Enzie. I'll check it out...

  4. These look delicious! I've never attempted to make venison before and this sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing a the #HomeMattersParty

  5. My husband would devour these!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

  6. Congrats, you are being featured AGAIN this week at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!

    1. Oh my goodness! That is wonderful! Thank you, Mindie! :o)

  7. Bacon really does make everything better! These look like such yummy snacks. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to checking out your recipe this week. :)


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