Party time with some filet mignon

Discussion in 'Beef' started by fire it up, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry I didn't post this earlier. I went on one hell of a journey all over NYC to a "smoke" festival on Monday and have just finally been able to get to this.
    Festival was great, lots of smoke going on, but nuff about that.

    I smoked some items the other day including a couple of filet mignons.
    The filets turned out so good I went back to get more.
    Our local Acme had a deal of 4 items for $20 so I grabbed 4 2-packs. Not bad, 8 filet mignons for $20!

    I seasoned 7 of them (one kind of fell apart). Did a few regular to blacken later, a few with blacken seasoning, one plain (for my Mom) and 2 with store bought steak seasoning and bacon salt. The one that fell apart I wrapped with its own bacon and skewered.

    Sorry no pics of them seasoned ahead of time, the pics were really dark.
    Onto the smoke...

    Cooked over hickory for about 45 minutes, let them cool a few minutes, rubbed the naked ones with blackened seasoning. I wanted to do them Pittsburgh rare (technically they are Pittsburgh rare blackened, but Pittsburgh rare generally means they are automatically blackened) so I heated up a cast iron and threw the steaks on to sear tyhe outside and blacken the seasonings.

    Made one for my Mom (Dad is a vegetarian) and a few for my Sister and her Husband. The others my Brother and I ate along with some toasted herb fococcia bread topped with a salad made from spinach leaves, tomatoes, garlic, tomato basil feta cheese and a dressing of Italian dressing and balsamic vinaigrette. That stuff is really good.

    Steaks came out nice and rare with a nice smoke flavor, though I would have prefered the cast iron to have been even hotter to sear a bit more they still came out really great.

    Thanks again for looking, hope I have inspired someone to smoke a steak, they are unbelievable. Though anything other than a filet I would probably do over an open flame and not a cast iron (ribeye would be great both ways though).
  2. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice looking steaks man.

  3. Steaks look fine but, where's the baked potatoes?
  4. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking steaks! Yes, I've smoked steaks before and they are something you know. Everyone ought to try it at least once. [​IMG]
    Done sirloins, rib-eyes (bone-in and boneless) and even a couple t-bones once (last summer~ my son wanted to try something new). All were excellent.

    Thanks for posting your steaks!
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job there Fire! they look great.
  6. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Nice looking steaks. Cooked evenly

    Cooks Illustrated did a segment on steaks and suggested a low roast in the oven then finishing with higher heat on the grill or the pan to get some color. This they suggest will give even cooking from edge to edge. Looks like this is exactly what you did but with a smoker. Good job
  7. bbq engineer

    bbq engineer Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow Fire...those look awesome. I have never smoked a steak first, and I like the blackening idea for color / crust as well. [​IMG]

    I love steaks nice and rare...I once told a waiter in jest "walk it through a warm room, and I'm good". I make Mrs. Engineer so proud!
  8. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WTG Fire...real nice job on them steaks!
  9. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Looks great! I always enjoy your Q-views. I still can't understand how you can get 4 filets for 20 bucks though [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  10. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    or a smoke at lower temp and then dash em to the grill or a DHD(dang hot disc), also known as a reverse sear... RonP been doing it to ribeyes for a while now. have tried it and works well. Also Fire, you can call that minnesota rare too if ya want!!! very very good lookin fillets...
  11. Dang, I'm hungry for a steak now!
  12. ohm

    ohm StickBurners SMF Premier Member

    Very nice and love the blackened pit style at the end. Boy do they look juicy!

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