Beef Tenderloin: It's whats for Dinner

Discussion in 'Beef' started by txbigred, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    Picked up a Beef Tenderloin at supper H Mart last week for $3.79/lb., decided to have it for dinner tonight, well, the butt end anyway. I cut the butt end off and tied it up, cut 6 fillets out of the middle and will probably do fajitas with the tail end.

    All tied up, seasoned with Salt, CBP, and Garlic:

    Took it to 130F, this is after resting for 30 minutes:

    Sliced a few pieces:

    Plated up with buttered red potatoes, and green beans:

    Man it sure was good, melted like butter in my mouth, and the price was right too!

  2. smokemifugotem

    smokemifugotem Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Looks delicious Dave!! I got the same deal on tenderloin at my local Winco and turned it into two 2.5lb bacon wrapped fatties! Looking delicious!!![​IMG]
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Move over Dave I coming over for dinner please. Man that looks really good now thats what I call meat and potatoes with a side of green beans. Great job
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh that looks so good!
    Beautiful center, done to perfection [​IMG]
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That looks awesome [​IMG]
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great Dave, hope it tasted as good as it looks...[​IMG][​IMG]
  7. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great! And better yet was the price.[​IMG]
  8. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the comments, it sure was good. Someone suggested using the tail end for Beef Stroganoff. Maybe I'll find a good recipe for that and try it.

  9. teeroy

    teeroy Smoke Blower

    That looks perfect. I'll have to keep an eye out for one of these at my local Winco and do one of these.
  10. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We used them for pepper steak it was a big hit. Green pepppers and onions and ground black pepper, and beef stock thickened with corn starch.
  11. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking loin! If I ever find it for that price, I'm loading up the freezer. Saw it yesterday at Albertson's for $9.99 per pound.
  12. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the idea Ron, I love pepper steak and haven't had it in a long time. Might just have to give it a try.

  13. walterwhite

    walterwhite Smoke Blower

    They're on sale at a local grocery for $2.99/lb. so your post is very timely. [​IMG] I was wondering about how best to cook it on the smoker.

    I'm used to doing pulled pork but it looks like there is no benefit or desire for a long slow cook with the beef, correct? It looks like a shorter smoke to an internal tempo of 130° is desirable. What was your smoker temp?

    This is a whole tenderloin and way more than the two of us could eat in a reasonable time. Is it better to freeze the uncooked beef or can rare beef be frozen and reheated without compromising quality?

  14. txbigred

    txbigred Meat Mopper

    No need for "Low and Slow" with this cut, it is fork tender already. I cooked it at 425F for I think about 1.5 hours, just go by temp. I just did the "butt" end, cut 6 fillets from the middle and will probably slice the tail end for pepper steak.

  15. walterwhite

    walterwhite Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the detail on this.
  16. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man, that's a great price. Usually over $10 a lb for tenderloin here. At that price I'd be afraid to smoke it. Usually a special occasion when I get that stuff. But man it's soooo freaking good. You did a great job with yours.

    My absolute favorite meal is to take a 3lb piece of tenderloin and sear on all sides it in a heavy stock pot over high heat on the stove with a little EVOO and minced garlic. Then I toss it into the oven in the same pot with a lid at 500* for about 12 minutes per pound. It comes out a nice medium rare. Then slice into medalions and cover with sauteed onions and a sauce of smoked gouda cheese cut with cream.
  17. walterwhite

    walterwhite Smoke Blower

    And I kept kicking myself for not grabbing a couple. So I went back today. There were none out. :( I asked and they got me one from their storage cooler. :D They told me that the price was $3.99 but when I pointed out the sign that listed them for $2.99 they honored the price.

    Tonight I cut a couple pieces out of the middle and grilled them with garlic and black pepper in peanut oil. (Actually, I used a small Dutch oven in which I had made some cast iron potatoes since it was already hot.) So we had them with the potatoes and a fresh green salad. They were melt-in-your mouth tender and very tasty. (The grocery is Caputos for those in the Chicago area - hard to go wrong there.)

    Apologies for the thread hijack, but this thread provided me with motivation to get the tenderloin and I plan to follow the same pattern. This will be my first beef on the mini-WSM.

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