7 steps for delicious bacon wrapped elk

Recipes from Nathan Slovatizki

Elk meatballs wrapped in bacon and dipped in ranch dressing

We worked with renowned chef, Nathan Slovatizki, to create a few wild game recipes for the offseason. Here’s the perfect meal to prepare for a holiday season get together or while watching a football game.

Giant and delicious bacon wrapped elk recipe

Lorenzo Sartini New Mexico archery bull elk

For this recipe, I used some of Lorenzo Sartini's meat from the management bull elk he shot with his bow on a hunt with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and their Team Elk TV show last year.

Bacon wrapped elk ingredients
* Makes 12 servings
1 packageThin sliced bacon
½ poundElk backstrap or round cut into half inch cubes
1 8 oz. piecePepper jack cheese cut into a half inch cubes or 
any melting cheese i.e. cheddar, smoked gouda, mozzarella.
1 8 oz. canWhole water chestnuts cut into quarters
1 12 oz. canPickled jalapeno rings
2 teaspoonsYour favorite seasoning (like Morton Season-All or Lawry's Seasoned Salt)
½ teaspoonKosher salt


Ranch dressing ingredients
1 packageRanch dressing
16 oz.Sour cream


Quick tip

Thin bacon strips are easier to work with

  • Thinner bacon slices are easier to work with.


Step 1

Thin strips of bacon ready for ingredients

Allow bacon to sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes to 1 hour so it's easier to work with. Then lay bacon strips on a cutting board.

Cutting elk meat into small chunks

Cut elk meat into half inch cubes and cut cheese into half inch cubes.

Step 2

Lay ingredients on bacon slice then roll

Place a piece of elk meat, cheese, water chestnut and jalapeno on each strip of bacon.

Rolling bacon around ingredients

Continue wrapping bacon around ingredients

Begin to roll and rotate every couple of inches so that the filling is well wrapped with bacon.

Finished wrapping elk meat and bacon

If needed add another half slice of bacon to cover up holes.

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Step 3

Place in fridge for one to two hours to allow the bacon a chance to firm up and the filling a chance to cool down before frying. You want everything nice and cold. The bacon will hold together better when cold and the cheese will melt at a slower rate.

Step 4

Add package of ranch dressing

Stir in sour cream

While bacon is in the fridge, make your ranch dip with the instructions on the bag.

Step 5

Lowering elk meatballs wrapped in bacon into fryer

Removing elk meatballs wrapped in bacon from fryer

Fry the bacon wrapped elk in a preheated 350 degree fryer for two to three minutes until lightly golden brown. 

Step 6

Place elk meatballs wrapped in bacon in oven

Place in oven at 375 degrees right after frying and bake for three to five minutes.

Step 7

Finished elk meatballs wrapped in bacon recipe

Place a pick into the center of the bacon wrapped elk and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving with the ranch dressing. Enjoy!

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