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Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin

It is officially November and that means I can start craving a huge turkey dinner right? I have always wondered though, why do we seem to only really eat turkey during the Holidays? Personally, I would have turkey much more often! The other day I was having a real “ready for Thanksgiving” moment. So what is a girl to do but make grab a turkey tenderloin, coat it in cranberries, wrap it in bacon and enjoy! Seriously, this was pretty easy and it can be made all year round to satisfy that Thanksgiving turkey craving.

Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin

Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin

I know we still have a little while until Thanksgiving, but I was really wanting some turkey, and not just lunch meat. Maybe it is just me, but I had no idea you could buy just turkey tenderloins at the grocery store. I had never had them, never cooked them, but they flew in my cart and headed to checkout with me.  Honestly, while the cook time was a bit long, these were so easy to make!

Turkey Tenderloins

They look like big chicken breasts, or little pork tenderloins. I think this recipe would be amazing with either one of those other proteins as well. All you would have to do would be adjust the cook time.

Cranberry Turkey Tenderloin

I started out by just rubbing my meat with some brown sugar. Then topped it with some whole cranberry cranberry sauce. I used the kind out of a can, but you can use frozen or even fresh cranberries.

bacon wrapped turkey tenderloin

After the turkey tenderloin is covered in brown sugar and cranberry, wrap it with bacon! I mean, everything is better wrapped in bacon right? The fat from the bacon as it cooks really helps keep the turkey nice and tender during this long cook time.

Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin

Place in the oven at 375 for 60-70 minutes and walk away. Once it is done, let the meat rest for a bit, slice it and enjoy!

This is a wonderful alternative to a Thanksgiving dinner that can be done year round! I was able to find the Jennie-O brand of turkey tenderloin right in the meat section of my local Publix. I also ended up with a good bit of leftovers, which you will see get put to use here in a later post!

Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin
4.58 from 7 votes

Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin

This Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin will satisfy that Thanksgiving Turkey craving any time of the year. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 Package Turkey Tenderlon Can use chicken breast or pork tenderloin, just adjust cook time.
  • Brown Sugar
  • Whole Cranberry Sauce
  • Bacon


  1. Rub turkey tenderloin with brown sugar on all sides. 

    Turkey Tenderloins
  2. Top with cranberry sauce. Use as little or as much as you prefer. 

  3. Wrap with bacon and place in a glass pan

    bacon wrapped turkey tenderloin
  4. Cook at 375, uncovered, for 60-70 minutes. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. 

Cranberry & Bacon Wrapped Turkey Tenderloin

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COnnie Rodriguez

Thursday 26th of November 2020

Ohmygosh this looks so good, I love cranberries, so I made this just pulled out of oven. Having thanksgiving by myself.. Smells wonderful

Pamela weeks

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

This recipe was superb! It will be a year-round one at my house. Whenever I'm able to find the turkey tenderloin at an acceptable price. Just a note: I used maple bacon which gave it an added oomph! Give it a try!


Monday 15th of June 2020

SO happy to hear that you loved it!

Thanksgiving Leftover Sliders — The Coffee Mom

Friday 24th of November 2017

[…] can really add anything you want to your sliders. On mine, I put some of my Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, and cheese. I also did a few for my husband without stuffing and added the green […]


Monday 6th of November 2017

Needed this! So delicious and easy to make! a great addition instead of the regular turkey we usually have!


Friday 3rd of November 2017

Just in time for Thanksgiving! It looks so delicious. I think bacon is the best thing in the world so I would certainly eat this.

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