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Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin

Serve a Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin for any special occasion. Grilled or oven roasted, this easy recipe makes the most tender, juicy, melt in your mouth roast beef. It’s guaranteed to impress everyone at the dinner table. 

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Beef tenderloin is right in line with Garlic and Herb Prime Rib for our favorite holiday meal. Great for Christmas, New Years and other celebrations. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd and takes minimal effort to prepare. 

Special occasions and celebrations are the perfect reason to fire up the grill and while a beef tenderloin is great for a crowd, we love a grilled NY Strip for a date night in or Valentine’s Day.

Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin partially sliced on a cutting board - text overlay

Ingredients for Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin

Ingredients for beef tenderloin garlic butter crust on a white plate: butter, red pepper, black pepper, salt, head of garlic, brown sugar and sprig of rosemary

  • Beef Tenderloin 
  • Butter
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Red Pepper
  • Brown Sugar

 

How to Grill Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin

Trimmed Beef Tenderloin on a cutting board with a knife

  • Set tenderloin out to come to room temperature about an hour before grilling. Trim any silver skin by running a sharp knife down the edge to remove the thin layer. 
  • Tuck the tapered end under and tie the roast or trim that piece off for another use so that your tenderloin roast will cook evenly. 

skillet of butter with toasted garlic and rosemary

  • Prepare the garlic butter by adding butter and garlic to a small skillet. Cook over low heat until garlic starts to get brown and toasted. Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper. 

Garlic butter with brown sugar in a skillet

  • Remove from heat and whisk in brown sugar until melted. Set aside to cool slightly. 

sheet pan with beef tenderloin coated in garlic butter

  • Place tenderloin on a sheet pan and pour garlic butter over the meat. 

beef Tenderloin on the grill with smoke

  • Prepare a grill fire with hickory for smoke flavor to about 350°. 

Grilled Beef tenderloin on the grill

  • Cook tenderloin over indirect fire with the grill lid closed about 30 minutes. Check with a digital thermometer and continue to cook until desired doneness is reached about 45 minutes total for rare, about 1 hour for medium rare. 

Beef tenderloin on a cutting board, half of the roast sliced. Sprig of rosemary to the side

  • Remove from grill to a cutting board and allow to rest about 15 minutes before serving. 
  • Slice and serve immediately. 

Conventional Oven Method

Follow the same preparations and place tenderloin on a roasting rack in a pan and cook in a preheated 400° oven for about 15 minutes per pound. 

Temperatures for Beef Tenderloin

  • Rare:  120- 125°
  • Medium Rare: 130°
  • Medium: 145°

Remember that the temperature will continue to rise as the roast rests after removing it from the grill. You do not want to overcook the tenderloin, the results will be dry and flavorless. 

Plate with 2 slices of beef tenderloin, twice baked potato and baguette slice

The toasted garlic butter adds tons of flavor to this roast beef and we also love to serve homemade horseradish sauce alongside with twice baked potatoes, bacon green beans and garlic bread for a gourmet meal that is quite simple to make. 

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Tips for Cooking Beef Tenderloin

Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. This is essential rather you are grilling or oven roasting. 

Do not over cook a beef tenderloin roast. It is an expensive cut of meat and will be much more juicy and delicious if it is cooked no more than medium. 

Allow the roast to rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to distribute through out the meat. 

How to Store and Reheat

Store tightly wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 4 days. 

Reheat in a skillet with butter or olive oil over medium heat, turning once to heat through on both sides, about 3- 5 minutes.

Beef tenderloin slices on a plate with bread and twice baked potato

Add this Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin to your holiday or celebration menu. It’s a guaranteed crowd favorite and is likely to be the best thing you’ve ever tasted!

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Yield: 8 servings

Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin with garlic butter crust, partially sliced on a cutting board

Serve a Garlic Butter Beef Tenderloin for any special occasion. Grilled or oven roasted, this easy recipe makes the most tender, juicy, melt in your mouth roast beef.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 pound beef tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoon koshers salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • pinch chili flakes or ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Set tenderloin out to come to room temperature about an hour before grilling.
  2. Trim any silver skin by running a sharp knife down the edge to remove the thin layer. 
  3. Tuck the tapered end under and tie the roast or trim and reserve for another use. This will help the roast cook evenly.
  4. Prepare the garlic butter by adding butter and garlic to a small skillet. Cook over low heat until garlic starts to get brown and toasted. Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper. 
  5. Remove from heat and whisk in brown sugar until melted. Set aside and cool slightly. 
  6. Place tenderloin on a sheet pan and pour garlic butter over the meat. Spread the garlic and herbs evenly over the top of the roast.
  7. Prepare a grill fire with hickory for smoke flavor to about 350°. 
  8. Cook tenderloin over indirect fire with the grill lid closed about 30 minutes. Check with a digital thermometer and continue to cook until desired doneness is reached about 45 minutes total for rare, about 1 hour for medium rare. 
  9. Remove from grill to a cutting board and allow to rest about 15 minutes before serving. 
  10. Slice and serve immediately. 

Notes

Conventional Oven Method:

Follow the same preparations and place tenderloin on a roasting rack in a pan and cook in a preheated 400° oven for about 15 minutes per pound. 

Temperatures for Beef Tenderloin:

  • Rare:  120- 125°
  • Medium Rare: 130°
  • Medium: 145°

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 583Total Fat: 32.3gSaturated Fat: 15.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 798mgCarbohydrates: 3.5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 66g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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4 Comments

    1. Hi Steph,
      I would not recommend it in the crockpot. If you don’t want to grill it, I would recommend using the same method, times and temperatures and doing it in the oven. I hope that helps.

      ~ Milisa

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