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Molasses-Bourbon Beef Tenderloin

James Carrier
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups light or dark molasses
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon or dry red wine
  • About 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh-ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  • 1 center-cut beef tenderloin (3 1/2 to 4 lb.)
  • Parsley sprigs
  • Salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 264
  • caloriesfromfat 34 %
  • protein 24 g
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 18 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • sodium 63 mg
  • cholesterol 73 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a large baking dish or roasting pan, mix molasses, vinegar, bourbon, pepper, garlic, shallot, ginger, thyme, and chili flakes. Trim any excess fat from tenderloin and discard. Rinse meat and pat dry. Set in marinade and turn to coat. Cover dish and chill, turning meat occasionally, at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.

  2. Lift beef from marinade; discard marinade (or bring to a boil, cool, cover, and freeze for another use). If tenderloin is uneven, tie with cotton string where needed to make evenly thick. Set on a rack in a foil-lined 12- by 15-inch roasting or baking pan.

  3. Bake in 400° regular or convection oven until a thermometer inserted in center of thickest part registers 130° to 135° for rare, 40 to 50 minutes. Let rest in a warm place at least 5, or up to 15, minutes.

  4. Remove strings. Transfer meat to a platter and garnish with parsley sprigs. To serve, slice 1/4 to 1 inch thick. Add salt and more pepper to taste.

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs Colorado