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Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett


Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 15 hrs, 20 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
Instead of tenderloin, you can try the other cuts listed at right as easy, budget-friendlier substitutions.


How to Make It

  1. Cover tenderloin, and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, soak wood chips in water 30 minutes. Prepare smoker according to manufacturer's directions, bringing internal temperature to 300°; maintain temperature for 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Pat tenderloin dry; brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with Hill Country Rub.

  4. Drain wood chips, and place on coals. Place tenderloin on cooking grate; cover with smoker lid.

  5. Smoke tenderloin, maintaining temperature inside smoker at 300°, for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 130°. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes; cover and chill 12 to 24 hours.

  6. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 400° to 450° (high) heat. Place chilled tenderloin on cooking grate, and grill 2 minutes on each side. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with Chimichurri Sauce.

  7. Budget-Friendly Steaks Feel free to substitute one of these for the tenderloin. Reduce the rub to 1 1/4 tsp., decrease smoker temp to 250°, and follow smoking times below. Tri-tip steak: 1 1/2 lb. for 20 min. Flank steak: 1 lb. for 15 min.