Venison tenderloin / backstrap

Discussion in 'Wild Game' started by papa7326, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. I'm gonna smoke my first venison tonight. Have tenderloins seasoned & wrapped in bacon
  2. On the smoker
  3. looks good,

    an older gentlemen in Alabama introduced me to the only way i eat backstrap now.

    take the backstrap, butterfly it and stuff it with cream cheese and jalepenos, then wrap them in thick cut maple bacon and smoke them till done. 

    i tried this 8 years ago and havn't made backstrap any different since then
  4. That does sound good. I think Yankees call it Tenderloins southerners call it backstrap
  5. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014
  6. what MossyMo said
  7. I snuck a peek. It's looking good
  9. Awesome if I do say so myself
  10. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great, nice work!
  11. looks great
  12. scwatrboyo1

    scwatrboyo1 Newbie

    like the yankees call it tenderloins and southerners call it backstraps, as same goes as yankees call it venison,southerners call it deer meat.  anyways I have done this a lot on the grill, but never smoked, on the to do list for sure.
  13. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    X2. I think they're 2 entirely different cuts of meat. Both delicious, just come from slightly different areas of the deer. MY experience has been that the backstrap usually gets cut off and eaten when the deer is hung, a treat for the hunter if you will. In just about every deer camp I've been to, which isn't many by the way, the deer hanging in the cooler (or shed if it's cold enough outside) all have the backstraps removed. The tenderloins are usually aged with the rest of the meat and removed come butchering time.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2014
  14. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always called the deer loins "backstraps". The tenderloin was up on the inside like MossMO describes.
  15. So exciting! Great job! I love venison!!! This was fun to see! Cheers! - Leah
  16. Just an FYI, venison encompasses more than deer.  It actually covers the entire "deer" family, to include elk, caribou, moose and antelope.

    And those back straps look amazing! 

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