Canadian cow?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by biaviian, May 6, 2011.

  1. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Is there a name for a cured beef tenderloin (I'm thinking Canadian bacon but with beef)?  If so what is it, what does it eat/taste like, and what is a good recipe?  I can't recall seeing/hear about such a thing nor do I know if it even makes sense. 
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  2. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I guess maybe it's dried beef?  All dried beef I've had was horrible and salty. 
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Why would you want to mess with such a good piece of meat? I can't imagine making it better with a cure. I'm sure someone will come along who has done it & can give you a better answer.
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The reason the dried beef you ate was too salty, is because you got it from places who had to go by special rules---like too much salt & dried too much.

    You can use my Dried Beef recipe (in my signature below) with any piece of lean Beef, or a lean piece of Venison, much like you made the other day. 

    Cut it very thin, and you'll have the best tasting Dried Beef you ever had.

    BTW: They call the Beef Tenderloin "Fillet Mignon", so if you want Dried Beef, use Eye Round or some other cheap lean Beef.

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  5. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    No idea.  I was just looking at a local ad for a meat sale and saw whole loins for $2.19/lb and beef loins for $5.99/lb (beside each other) and it made me go hmmm......
  6. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks.  I'm not looking to make dried beef or even to cure a tenderloin.  I was just curious if it is regularly done and/or what it would be called.  I've roasted and smoked plenty of loins in my day.  When we butcher a cow I keep the loins whole rather than cutting them into fillets because they make for a great dinner when having guests. 

    Although, I would like to try some good dried beef so I may have to get a roast and give it a whirl. 
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  7. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Tenderloin (or fillet  ) is cured   in south Africa it is cold BILTONG (similar to beef jerky but more soft) it is warm air dryad with spices and cure.


    in my opinion it is crime to cure  this cut. you should BBQ it 3 minute on each side on the grill salt and pepper

    a good beer and good Friends

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  8. biaviian

    biaviian Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thanks!  That sounds interesting but a waste of a perfectly good tenderloin. 

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