Recipe For Beef Tenderloin On The Grill

Grilling season has arrived, and what better way to celebrate than with tenderloin dish that will have your taste buds dancing?

In this article, we’ll look at how to perfect the technique of grilling beef tenderloin.

This recipe is sure to impress your guests and enrich your outdoor dining experience, whether you’re a seasoned grill expert or a novice.

Recipe For Beef Tenderloin On The Grill


  • 1 center-cut beef tenderloin (about 2 1/2 – 3 lbs.)

For The Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

For The Rub:

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground

For The Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup mustard Dijon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • olive oil


Make The Marinade:

In a small basin, combine Worcestershire sauce, molasses, and 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard.

Tenderloin should be free of extra fat and silver skin. Pour the marinade over the tenderloin in a large zip-top plastic bag.

Squeeze the bag’s air out and seal it shut. Gently toss the steak in the marinade to coat. Place the bag on a tray and place in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.

Prepare The Rub:

  • In a small basin, combine salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Place aside.

Prepare The Glaze:

  • Whisk together the bourbon, 14 cup Dijon mustard, and brown sugar in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves.
  • After 8 to 24 hours in the fridge, take the meat out of the bag and throw away the marinate.
  • Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels after removing it from the marinade.
  • Allow the tenderloin to stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling with the garlic rub on all sides.
  • Brush or spritz the tenderloin lightly with olive oil.

Grilling (Preferred Method):

  • Sear tenderloin over medium-high direct heat until thoroughly browned (approximately 20 minutes), flipping 14 times. Continue grilling over medium indirect heat for 10-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare. Turn and baste with the glaze during the last 10 minutes of grilling.
  • Allow the tenderloin to rest for 5-10 minutes (the internal temperature will continue to raise slightly during this time). Serve the meat in 1-inch pieces while still warm.

Inside The Oven:

  • Tenderloin should be prepared as directed above. Allow the tenderloin to lie at room temperature after smearing it with the garlic rub. Preheat the oven to 475°F.
  • Place the tenderloin on a roasting rack and insert a meat thermometer. Cook the beef in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 135°F for medium-rare. During the last 10 minutes of baking, baste with glaze.
  • Allow 5-10 minutes for the meat to rest before slicing and serving.

Tips For The Best Beef Recipe

  • Allow your beef to come to room temperature before grilling it. This method ensures that the food cooks evenly throughout.
  • Use a meat thermometer for the best results.
  • Allow your beef to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing it.
  • For the greatest results, use sea salt instead of table salt. Sea salt is flakier and will give your grilled beef tenderloin a gorgeous crust.
  • Remember, Garlic Butter improves everything!
  • Try it with any of my Beef Tenderloin Sauces!

Storage Instructions

To keep: Grilled beef tenderloin keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

To get frozen: If you want to keep it for a longer period of time, I recommend freezing it for up to six months.

To warm up: Wrap the leftovers in foil and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350F in a preheated oven.

How Long Should You Grill Beef Tenderloin?

Grill the beef for 45 to 60 minutes, or until it’s rosy pink, and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest section registers 130 degrees F (54 degrees C).

The exact cooking time will depend on how big the steak is and how hot the grill is.

What Goes With Grilled Beef Tenderloin?

This grilled beef tenderloin goes well with a variety of side dishes. It’s extremely adaptable!

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How To Keep Grilled Beef Tenderloin Fresh?

Grilled beef tenderloin can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days or frozen for up to six months. 

Alternative Method: Baked Beef Tenderloin

Preheat the oven to 475°F for 20-30 minutes, or until the beef tenderloin registers an internal temperature of 135°Faherenheit for medium rare. During the last 10 minutes of roasting, baste with the glaze.

Temperature Of Beef Tenderloin

The whole cooking time will differ based on the size, thickness, and temperature of the meat, as well as the desired level of doneness. A meat thermometer is always the best way to tell when your tenderloin is ready to be removed from the grill or oven. What you’re looking for is:

  • 125°F – 130°F (rare, with a cold red center)
  • 135°F medium-rare (warm red center)
  • 145°F medium (warm pink middle)

Which Cooking Method Is Best For Beef Tenderloin?

Because beef tenderloin responds best to dry heat, the oven is your best option for roasting. On the contrary, your slow cooker is ideal for preparing a variety of pot roasts!

Grilling beef tenderloin is a gourmet joy with a wide range of flavors. This dish is a work of art in its own right, promising a delectable experience that will elevate your outdoor cooking game and leave your visitors wanting more.

Thanks for reading. I hope you find it helpful.

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