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Southern Bourbon-Glazed Beef Tenderloin Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 d 40 mins
 

This holiday-worthy meal is such a special treat! While my mom's Southern Bourbon-Glazed Beef Tenderloin Recipe will impress your guests, it's a simple, easy dinner that any home cook can prepare on the grill or in the oven.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: beef tenderloin marinade, beef tenderloin recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 437 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 1 center-cut beef tenderloin 2 ½ - 3 lbs.*
FOR THE MARINADE:
  • ¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
FOR THE RUB:
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
FOR THE GLAZE:
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • Olive oil
Instructions
PREPARE THE MARINADE:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together Worcestershire sauce, molasses, and 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard.

  2. Trim the tenderloin of any excess fat or silver skin. Place the tenderloin in a large zip-top plastic bag and pour marinade over top. Squeeze air out of the bag and seal to close. Gently toss to coat the beef in the marinade. Set the bag on a plate and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
PREPARE THE RUB:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

PREPARE THE GLAZE:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together bourbon, ¼ cup Dijon mustard, and brown sugar until sugar dissolves.

  2. After 8 to 24 hours in the refrigerator, remove the tenderloin from the bag and discard the marinade.
  3. Wipe excess marinade off of the tenderloin by patting it with paper towels.
  4. Press the garlic rub into the tenderloin on all sides and allow to stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  5. Lightly brush or spray the tenderloin with olive oil.
ON THE GRILL (preferred method):
  1. Sear tenderloin over medium direct heat until well marked (about 20 minutes), turning ¼ every 5 minutes. Continue grilling over medium indirect heat until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F for medium rare (10-20 minutes). During the final 10 minutes of grilling time, turn and baste with the glaze.

  2. Remove the tenderloin from the grill and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes (the internal temperature will continue to rise a bit during this time). Cut beef into 1-inch slices and serve warm.
IN THE OVEN:
  1. Prepare tenderloin according to instructions above. After rubbing the tenderloin with seasoning, allow to sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.

  2. Place tenderloin on a roasting rack and insert a meat thermometer. Roast in the oven until the beef registers an internal temperature of 135 degrees F for medium rare (about 20-30 minutes). Baste with glaze during the final 10 minutes of baking time.

  3. Allow meat to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Recipe Notes

*We often use a larger beef tenderloin that we buy at Costco, which weighs between 7 and 8 lbs. When cooking a larger tenderloin, the same instructions apply; however, I like to double all of the ingredients for the marinade, rub, and glaze. It also takes closer to 1 hour to cook on the grill.

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Nutrition Facts
Southern Bourbon-Glazed Beef Tenderloin Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /6 of the beef, marinade, rub and glaze)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1192mg52%
Potassium 1041mg30%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.