Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe - Slicing

Easy Step-by-Step Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe

If you are after an easy and tasty smoked beef tenderloin recipe, then you came to the right place!

I have tested dozens of delicious smoked beef tenderloin recipes, however, this one is definitely one of my absolute favorites.

For today’s smoking beef loin recipe I have used this sizeable piece of beef tenderloin butt, and I am glad that I did!

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe - All Done

Knowing that you can allow yourself a bit more playtime when it comes to smoking, meaning that you can smoke the beef tenderloin butt whilst doing other chores around the house.

Let me show you how it is done in an easy-to-follow step-by-step recipe.

Smoked beef tenderloin recipe

Here are the easy-to-follow step-by-step of how to smoked beef tenderloin butt to perfection this time and every time:


In my opinion, beef doesn’t really need any fancy treatment or complex rubs. Smoked beef butt tenderloin is delicious meat even when using simple ingredients. 

Saying that today I decided to experiment a little bit and this is what I came up with for my smoked beef tenderloin marinade:

  • 1.5 tbsp”>coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp”>cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp”>garlic salt
  • 1.5 tsp”>onion powder
  • 1 tsp”>brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp”>cayenne pepper

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Rub

Step One

Make sure that your local butcher trims your beef tenderloin weel, ready for smoking. In my case, we are looking at a 1.5kg cut of beef butt.

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe - Marinating

If there are any specs of fat, keep it on as it will add more flavour and keep the meat extra tender in the end.

Apply your previously prepared smoked beef tenderloin rub generously all over the cut and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

In my case, I did leave my beef tenderloin in the refrigerator overnight for just over 10 hours.

Before placing the meat into the smoker, make sure to leave the meat in room temperature for 1 hour. Wrap it in aluminum foil or cover with a tea towel. 

Step Two

Start your fire at least 1 hour prior to placing the meat onto the cooking rack.

The most important thing about smoking meat is to ensure that the heat and smoke inside your cooking chamber are stabilized and stays even throughout the cooking time.

Need to know in Offset Smoker

Recommended smoker temperature for smoking a beef tenderloin butt is between 225F and 250F.

For today’s smoke, I am using my horizontal offset smoker.

Step Three

Smoking a beef tenderloin is easy, or is it? And if you have a different type of smoker, no problem here.

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Step Four

All you need to do is keep an eye on the smoked beef tenderloin temperature.

Set up the Probes

I like my smoked beef tenderloin butt pretty well done, so it is easy for me to slice it for my kids over the next few days. That said if the meat lasts that long.

If you are like me, you will bring up the internal temperature slowly to 160F and Bob’s your uncle!

However, if you like your meat medium rare, the recommended internal temperature for this cut is 150F. 

Tip: I like to use the iChef by Maverick thermometer to make sure that I stay on top of the temps at all times. 

Step Five

Providing that you keep your smoker at a level temperature for the whole cooking time, your smoked beef butt will be ready within 4-5 hours.

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe - Smoking

And if you want to go a bit more low-and-slow, you will need to wait a bit longer to enjoy your meat. This will take no longer than 6 hours.

Step Six

The final step is the resting time of course. I recommend that you wrap your freshly smoked beef tenderloin butt in a layer of butcher paper, followed by a layer of aluminum foil and finally a tea towel.

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipes

Rest the meat in the room temperature for 1 hour.

Step Seven

Once the meat is properly rested, it is the time to slice it up and stick it on your fork!

Smoked Beef Tenderloin Recipe - Slicing

Final Words:

Hope that you liked my smoked beef tenderloin recipe and that you will enjoy this amazing cut of beef as much as I did! Make sure you check out some of our other guides like this. Plus, if you want to see which smokers are the best feel free to check them out here.

All the best!

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