Prime Beef Tenderloin – Reverse Seared

By Dave
January 11, 2022
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A reverse seared prime beef tenderloin is a thing of beauty. The seasoning is simple and cooking the beef tenderloin over charcoal adds just a hint of smoky flavor.

Why Prime Beef Tenderloin?

The tenderloin is where a filet mignon comes from and it is arguably the best beef roast there is. Done right, it’s tender, juicy and full of flavor. Prime? Why not prime? Splurge and spend a little more on a prime beef tenderloin. It makes a difference.

Why Not Smoke the Beef Tenderloin With Wood?

This is not barbecue. You don’t want a smoke ring and a ton of smoke flavor, only a hint of smoke. The smoke created from wood is just overpowering on this delicate roast. Cooking it over indirect heat using lump charcoal provides all the smoke that it needs.

Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin
Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin

Is it Necessary to Tie the Tail Section Back With String

The tail section is very thin compared to the rest of the roast and, if not tied back, it will be overdone when the rest of the roast is medium rare. To prevent that, fold the tail section back on top of the roast and tie it down with string. The tail section will be in two pieces when the roast is done cooking. It will also be the same temperature as the rest of the roast.

Beef Tenderloin Tail Section
Tie Back Beef Tenderloin Tail Section
Tie Back the Tail Section

Why a Reverse Sear?

A reverse sear helps to keep the roast tender and juicy. A roast that is seared first then cooked over indirect heat will be dry at the edges. However, by cooking it to the correct internal temperature over indirect heat first THEN searing it (a reverse sear), the outside will not be overdone. This technique works well for many different roasts.

Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin
Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin
Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin
Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin

Favorite Side Dishes

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve with the reverse seared beef tenderloin are:

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Beef Tenderloin

Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin

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If you like filet mignon you will love this prime beef tenderloin that is reverse seared. The seasoning is simple and cooking the beef tenderloin over charcoal adds just a hint of smoky flavor.
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Resting time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins

Equipment

  • Smoker

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lb beef tenderloin peeled

Instructions
 

  • Setup smoker for indirect heat at 350°F. Fold the tail section back over the tenderloin and tie it in place with string.
    Tie Back Beef Tenderloin Tail Section
  • Cook the tenderloin over indirect heat to an internal temperature of 108 – 112°F. Remove the roast, cover with foil and rest for 10 minutes.
    Beef Tenderloin Ready to Cook
  • Reconfigure the smoker for direct heat and raise the temperature to 550°F. Add the roast back to smoker and sear the outside (about 4 -5 minutes), rotating every minute or so. Remove and serve.
    Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin

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Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 8ozCalories: 621kcalProtein: 41gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 111mgPotassium: 689mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 5mg
Calories: 621kcal
Cost: $125
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: prime tenderloin, reverse seared beef tenderloin, reverse seared prime tenderloin, reverse seared tenderloin, tenderloin

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