Smoked Beef Tenderloin is the ultimate melt-in-your mouth smoked beef. Topped with a light, yet luscious white wine mushroom gravy, this dish is perfect for special occasions.
How to Cook Beef Tenderloin Roast
Beef tenderloin is one of the most lean cuts of meat on a cow, which means it has a tendency to dry out rather quickly and become chalky. To prevent that from happening, we will be using our smoker for the reverse sear method. This allows the internal temperature of the meat to rise slowly during a low temperature smoke session and cook evenly from edge to edge. Then we let the meat rest and finish the cooking process with a direct heat, high temperature sear to lock in the juices and add flavor. I go into more detail about perfecting the reverse sear method in THIS POST. You can use the same method on nearly any thick cut of meat and it works beautifully!
Temperature for Beef Tenderloin
Rare: 125 degrees F
Medium Rare: 135 degrees F
Medium: 145 degrees F
Medium well: 155 degrees F
Well done 160 degrees F
The most important thing you need to remember during the whole cooking process is to keep an eye on the internal temperature of your beef tenderloin. I use and recommend an instant read internal meat thermometer. For this recipe, I used my bright orange Thermapen MK4. It is wicked fast and incredible accurate.
The BEST Beef Tenderloin Recipe
Now, I’m partially biased, but after testing many versions of this recipe, I feel like this one deserves the title. The beef tenderloin roast is lovingly rubbed with garlic, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme for a bright and punchy flavor. It’s then cooked low and slow on a wood-fired grill to add just a subtle hint of smoke. I prefer to use oak wood, it pairs beautifully with beef. Finally, the smoked beef tenderloin roast is seared over high, direct heat to lock in the juices and flavor and add a beautiful exterior crust.
You could stop right there and I would still feel confident that this is the best beef tenderloin recipe that ever was. But I didn’t stop there. I created the perfect topping for a roast fit for royalty. That’s right, a white wine mushroom gravy. Rich and indulgent, but light enough to not overwhelm the meat itself. It adds just the right amount of fattiness to an otherwise lean piece of meat. I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you give it a try, please come back and leave a comment or give me a tag on Instagram or Facebook so I can see your beautiful meal.