As I was looking for a new beef tenderloin recipe for Christmas Eve this past year, I came across this one for grilled filet mignon. The recipe was specific for actual filets, but I increased the amounts to make it work for my whole beef tenderloin. It was so juicy, tender and flavorful. We barely needed to use a knife to cut it!!
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – depends on size of tenderloin plus 15 minutes rest time.
6-8lb beef tenderloin
1/2 T lemon pepper
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
2 T Coarse Kosher salt
1 T Fresh cracked black pepper
Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:
Preparing Grilled Beef Tenderloin:
Heat one side of your grill to high heat. Season the tenderloin with lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Sear the tenderloin about 3 minutes per side over the high heat. Turn the grill down to medium. Move the tenderloin to the other side of the grill and cook for about 20 minutes per side on INDIRECT heat. If you like medium rare (red juicy center), remove when the meat thermometer says 130 degrees. For medium (pink center), 140 degrees. Quality beef tenderloin/filet mignon should not be cooked well done, so I won’t even go there! Let sit for about 15 minutes before serving as it will keep cookig.
Searing the meat first gives it the nice grill flavor. Cooking it over indirect heat makes it juicy and tender.