Wood-Roasted Whole Beef Tenderloin

by Mugnaini on April 16, 2013 in Meat

Wood-Roasted Whole Beef Tenderloin

Serves 6–8
Roasting oven environment


  • 1 trimmed whole beef tenderloin, about 3 ½ pounds
  • Butcher’s twine
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Place the tenderloin on a cutting board. Turn the small, narrow tail-end of the tenderloin under to help create an equal thickness. Using the butcher’s twine, tie the entire length of the tenderloin in 1- to 1 ½-inch intervals. (The goal is to create even cooking time throughout the roast by having the thickness as equal as possible from end to end.) Pat the tenderloin dry and season with the salt and pepper.

Place a half sheet pan in the oven and heat for 5 minutes. Add the oil and heat for 30 seconds more. Place the tenderloin on the hot sheet pan and return to the oven. Using tongs, roll the tenderloin and brown evenly. Continue roasting for about 20–25 minutes, checking the temperature every 5 minutes, until the internal temperature of the middle section of the tenderloin reaches 120°F. This will allow for a range of doneness—rare in the midsection progressing to well-done on the ends. Remove from oven, cover, and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

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