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Holiday Recipes: Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Academy Staff
4 min read

Prepare your Smoker
Prepare your smoker at 225 degrees. I like a heavy smoking wood such as oak, mesquite or hickory for this cook.


Prepare the Paste & Tenderloin

Optional: tie your tenderloin with butcher’s twine, or ask your butcher to tie it for you.

Combine the paste ingredients in a small bowl.

Thoroughly slather the tenderloin with this paste.

Season moderately with a 50\50 mixture of Holy Cow and Holy Gospel. This can be achieved by seasoning with the How Cow lightly. Then come back across the tenderloin with a light application or Holy Gospel.

Allow the seasoning to adhere for 30 minutes.


Prepare the Horseradish Cream

While the seasoning is adhering to the tenderloin prepare the horseradish cream.

In a small bowl, mix horseradish to taste in the sour cream. I like about 4T.

Season with 1 T Meat Church Holy Cow and stir. Cover and refrigerate.


Cook the Tenderloin
Place the tenderloin directly onto the cooking grate. Don’t touch it, don’t flip it, and don’t spritz it. Just leave it.

Smoke the tenderloin until it reaches your desired internal temperature. I prefer medium rare which is 130 – 135 internal temperature. Therefore, I will pull at 125 internal temperature in the middle. The tenderloin will continue to “carry over cook” another 3-5 degrees. If you like your roast cooked higher, to say medium, then pull the roast at 135 - 140 degrees.

Pull the tenderloin from the smoker. Loosely tent with foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes so the juices redistribute throughout the meat. I prefer to put several pats of a good European butter (Plugra, Kerrygold, etc) all over the tenderloin allow it to melt over while resting. After the meat has rested, slice and enjoy with horseradish cream!

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