Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett  

Instead of tenderloin, you can try the other cuts listed at right as easy, budget-friendlier substitutions.

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 35 Minutes
Total: 15 Hours, 20 Minutes



  1. 1. Cover tenderloin, and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
  2. 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. 3. Pat tenderloin dry; brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with Hill Country Rub.
  4. 4. Drain wood chips, and place on coals. Place tenderloin on cooking grate; cover with smoker lid.
  5. 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. 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.
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