Stuffed with crispy bacon, diced jalapenos and cream cheese, these Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloins are a delicious grilled game day treat!
I’ve been watching tons of college football lately. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge LSU football fan. After college, I moved down to Louisiana for grad school, and you can’t help but became a Tiger fan when you live in Baton Rouge. Aside from the quality football, the tailgating parties down there on the bayou are nothing short of amazing.
Close your eyes and imagine a warm Fall day. It’s sunny and the temperature is in the mid-80’s. The smells of delicious food keep hitting you from all directions. There are huge pots of gumbo simmering everywhere, and the grills have been going since breakfast (literally). Music is playing, and you can hear the drum line from the marching band warming up somewhere in the distance. Add in your best friends, and now you are starting to get an idea of what gameday in Baton Rouge is all about!
Football fans in the deep South know how to tailgate, too. I’ve never seen such amazing set-ups for tailgate parties in my life. I’m talking full 60″ flatscreen tv’s attached to portable satellites (so you can get the cable channels). I’m talking grills that would put the one on your back porch to shame. (The folks who tailgated next to us had a grill welded onto the back of an older truck/party bus. Yes, welded on.) I’m talking the ultimate party…and this is all outdoors on campus!
After grad school, I moved to Atlanta for a job. You better believe I missed those tailgating parties, though! I made my way back to Baton Rouge several times, and I was fortunate enough that LSU came up to play in Atlanta once or twice while I was there. On one of these occasions, the tailgate came to me.
At the time, I was living in a 1-bedroom apartment in the middle of Midtown Atlanta. LSU was playing in the SEC Championship game, and some buddies from Baton Rouge came up for the game. They rolled into town in a pick-up with a massive homebuilt grill secured in the back. Stop and picture this. A huge pickup truck with a massive grill in the back and coolers stacked all around it. Living in the middle of a huge city, I had to be a bit more careful about my surroundings…which meant we had to haul every bit of that tailgating equipment into my little 1-bedroom apartment for the night. Good times!
So how in the world is this story related to this delicious Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloin? Well, one of the guys had brought up some venison for the tailgate. He stuffed it with cream cheese and then threw it on the grill…and it was some of the best grilled food I’d ever tasted!
Since I now live a long way from the tailgate parties in Baton Rouge, I decided to whip up my own version of that stuffed venison. I used boneless pork loin, and I stuffed it with cream cheese, bacon and jalapenos. My wife said it tasted like a jalapeno popper stuffed into a pork loin. Whatever you call it…it was delicious! The best part is that you can stuff the pork loin ahead of time, and then just grill it up when it’s time for the tailgate (or dinner). So flip on some football, grab some friends and grill up some of these Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloins. Oh, and Geaux Tigers!
This Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe was also published on Food Fanatic. Click here to check it out!