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Christmas Beef Tenderloin. And a bit of redemption.

We hosted Christmas for the first time in a long while. The last time we hosted, I was a new Egghead, and lack of experience did me in.  I torched a prime rib roast way past medium well.  It was tough and dry, and I was devastated because I'd talked up that meal for weeks in advance. 

In the weeks leading up to our celebration this time, my wife questioned me repeatedly.  "Have you ever cooked a tenderloin?  Are you sure you want to do this?  I just don't want you to flip out if you mess this up.  Maybe try something easier.  I just want you to have a good time and enjoy Christmas.  Maybe try a pork butt or something that's easier."  

A pork butt?  Psssshhhh!  This is Christmas!  Time to step up the game.  

Busted out the Maverick and the Thermapen and got to work.  I trimmed up the roast, got the Egg stabilized at 300, and put on a few Hickory chips.  I cut the tenderloin in half, doused it with kosher salt and pepper, and seared it in the cast iron skillet.   It went on the Egg and took just over an hour to get from 50 degrees internal to 122 when I pulled it off.  I pulled out the AR, and re-seared it to give it color and bring up the temp to about 128-130.  Let it rest for 5 minutes and sliced. 

My dad just started laughing when he took his first bite.  My brother said it was the best steak he's ever had.  My wife said "Babe...this is unbelievable.  Nice work."    I was on cloud nine.  It's so awesome to have the family in town. It's wonderful to feed them good food.  But to hear those kinds of compliments was just the best.  

I'll tie it next time.  But that's about the only thing I think I could have corrected.  It was incredible.  I'll probably put a bit more effort into presentation as well.  The photos just don't do it justice.  

My best cook to date!

LBGE since June 2012

Omaha, NE


  • blind99blind99 Posts: 4,346
    Great job!
    Chicago, IL - Large and Small BGE - Weber Gasser and Kettle
  • TinyfishTinyfish Posts: 1,755
    Looks terrific. 
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 11,107
    New movie: Omaha Redemption.  starring  @SaltySam! Great job!
  • feef706feef706 Posts: 848
    Sounds like a slam dunk! Family is always tough!
  • abpgwolfabpgwolf Posts: 487
    Great looking tenderloin, you'll be doing it again next year!

    Lititz, PA – XL BGE

  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,783
    Hell yes - that looks fantastic.  Great story.
    Austin, TX
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,682
    edited December 2015
    It doesn't get any better than beef tenderloin. Every bite is savory. Nice work!
  • Sonny3Sonny3 Posts: 455
    Man that looks fantastic.  I think you far exceeded redemption with this one.  The only suggestion I would make is to not wait until next year to cook it again.  In my house this would be something enjoyed on a regular basis.  Nice!!!!
    Titusville, Fl. and just bought XL and Med BGE.  "Every Day is A Bonus" in my world, and my job is to choke the life out of them. Cancer Sucks.
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,481
    Great job brother!  Nailed it!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 3,911
    Nothing better than family.. except maybe family AND food!!  
    Biloxi, MS
    Guild's Grocery BBQ Team
    The Grocery Cart
    XL & Small Green Egg, Shirley Trailer, Pitmaker Vault, 2 UDS, Blackstone Griddle, Blackstone Pizza Oven, BlueStar 60" Range, Bluestar Salamander
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,848
    Boom baby! 

    Now they won't let you cook anything else for family gatherings.

    One day you can post "SaltySam 2: Prime Rib Redemption"

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • Looks beautiful!!  Great job!
    XL & MiniMax
    “The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.”
    Red Bank, NJ
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 6,196
    Awesome job.  Beef tenderloin in one of my favorite egg'd meals.

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    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 11,293
    Man you had that all along. Beautifully done.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • Tha looks awesome!!  Great job
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
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