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How to Smoke a Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients:

  • Beef tenderloin
  • Three Little Pigs Memphis style rub
  • Olive oil or grape seed oil
  • Chili infused olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Asparagus
  • Butter
  • Garlic salt
  • Loaf of Rosemary bread

The beef tenderloin I selected was a little over 9 lbs.

Beef Tenderloin

I decided to use Three Little Pigs Memphis Style rub. I normally use Fast Eddies Steak Seasoning however a couple of weeks ago I brought a tenderloin to an event for our team snack on. I only had the Memphis rub with me as I was using it on the pork butts we were selling at the event. I was surprised at how well it turned out. Everyone really enjoyed and the compliments were numerous.

Three Little Pigs Memphis Rub

I had loaded the smoker with Ozark Oak hardwood charcoal and lit it. I went and prepared the tenderloin and then placed 4 chunks of Cherry wood on the hot coals. I set the smoker at 225 degrees.

Cherry Wood Chunks

I then placed the liberally coated the tenderloin on the smoker. I was a bit disappointed in the cut of meat. It had a fairly large split that I did not notice when it was in the packaging.

Beef Tenderloin on the Smoker

In this close-up shot you can see that I went pretty heavy with the rub.

Beef Tenderloin on the smoker - closeup

After about 2 hours the tenderloin was at 135 degrees in the thickest part of it. I removed it from the smoker, tented it with tin foil and placed it in a cold oven to rest.

Tented Tenderloin Resting in Oven

While it was resting, I seasoned the Asparagus with black pepper, butter and garlic salt. After adding a few tablespoons of water in the dish, I covered it and steamed it in the microwave.

Asparagus with Butter, Pepper and Garlic Salt

I set the second oven to broil and prepared the bread. I got out the trusty Misto and added about 1/4 cup of Chili Olive Oil to the olive oil that was already in the Misto.

Misto

This is the type of chili oil I used. It is pretty spicy, so a little goes a long way.

Chili Olive Oil

I sprayed the oil mixture on to the sliced Rosemary bread.

Bread Sprayed with Olive Oil

I crushed a couple of garlic cloves with side of knife to open them up.

Crushed Garlic Cloves

Rub the oiled bread with the garlic cloves and place the bread in the preheated oven.

Garlic Rubbed Bread

After about 5 minutes they were perfectly toasted.

Chili Garlic Bread

The Asparagus turned out really well also.

Steamed Asparagus

Wow! Look at that. I could have cut it with two forks instead of a fork and knife. It turned out perfect.

Cutting the Beef Tenderloin

You’re getting hungry, right?

Beef Tenderloin Meal

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