BBQ Joe’s Vietnam
Beef Tenderloin (Whole)
BBQ Joe’s Notes …
• A beef tenderloin is quite easy to cook, but because of the size and cost of the meat, it’s a dish that is typically of a big family dinner like Christmas or Tet Holiday. When beef tenderloin is cooked perfectly, it is a great family meal.
• I get my tenderloins from Meat Works in Thao Dien or Veggies in D1. 1.6 kg is on the small side and a larger loin is 2.5 to 2.7 kg, perfect for a big family party. Meat Works will trim it for you if you want, but I’m happy to bring the whole bag home and trim and prepare the tenderloin myself. To learn how to trim your tenderloin, check out this video.
• Steak Rub. After the tenderloin has been trimmed and tied, I then put a Steak Rub on the tenderloin. There are various steak rubs available but I prefer to use a simple pepper rub. I take whole pepper corns and grind into rough cut pepper; I use the grinder that came with my blender. I then add a pinch of Thai chili powder to the pepper and generously pat down the tenderloin. I leave the tenderloin wrapped in plastic on the kitchen counter all afternoon as the meat reaches room temperature. About 30 minutes before I toss on the trill, I coat the tenderloin with olive oil or Italian salad dressing.
|Tenderloin trimmed, tied, and pepper rub .. ready for the BBQ.|
|Full tenderloin goes on a HOT grill. 3 to 4 min per side continually turning for 12 to 16 minutes.|
Turn the gill to inidrect cooking, low temperature.
Place the Tenderloin on a broiling pan and be sure to put water in the pan. Cooking should take an additional 20 to 30 minutes.
Pull the tenderloin from the grill once the internal temperature reaches 120F or 49C.
Let the beef rest for about 15 minutes and then cut into slices.