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Smoked Beef Tenderloin

When you’re ready for INSANELY good flavor in a dish that’s easy and impressive, check out this Smoked Beef Tenderloin. Imagine meat so tender it practically melts in your mouth. With a sweet and boozy marinade and the subtle smoke flavor, this is a restaurant-worthy dish you can make on your back deck, and you can trust me, Chef Jenn, to show you how!

Sliced Smoked Beef Tenderloin on a white platter.

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Smoking usually takes hours and hours, but the tender nature of this cut of meat makes the process a whole lot shorter. In fact, when starting from room temperature, it only takes about 2 hours for this roast to take on a lovely smoky flavor and be cooked to perfection.

I use my Traeger pellet smoker for this job. It gives everything a lovely flavor and lets me control the temperature at the same time.

I promise you – invest in this cut of meat and smoke it. You’ll never look back!

What you’ll love about this recipe

  • It’s easy and impressive – perfect for special occassions
  • Beef tenderloin is melt-in-your-mouth tender and juicy when smoked
  • Leftovers are great served chilled in sandwiches, on a salad, or in apptizers

Ingredients to Make Easy Smoked Beef Tenderloin

  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs tenderloin roast – see my tips below about how to buy a beef tenderloin
  • Brown sugar
  • Brandy, whisky, or cognac
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic
Ingredients to make Smoked Beef Tenderloin.

How to Buy Beef Tenderloin

Beef tenderloin is expensive, there’s no doubt about it. BUT, there are ways to make this a bit cheaper.

  1. Purchase beef tenderloin when it’s on sale. Beef tenderloin often goes on sale around the holidays. Buy it when it goes on sale and wrap it tightly in foil then put it into a freezer-friendly zipper-top bag and freeze it for up to six months.
  2. Buy beef tenderloin whole and butcher it yourself. Not only is this the most economical way to buy a beef tenderloin, but you get the added bonus of having all the amazing beef tenderloin to work with, including prized filet mignon steaks.
  3. My favorite way – buy the WHOLE tenderloin when it is on sale. I’ll buy a few of them this way, and they’re cryovaced so they’ll freeze fine for quite a few months.
Four slices cut from a Smoked Beef Tenderloin on a white plate.

How To Make Traeger Beef Tenderloin

  1. Combine the Dijon, minced garlic, brown sugar, whisky, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl.
  2. Coat the beef tenderloin with the mixture and put it on the smoker that’s preheated to 180-F.
  3. Smoke the beef at 180-F for 1-2 hours until it comes to an internal temperature of 125-F. Use a good digital thermometer to get an exact reading – you don’t want to overcook this king of all meats!
  4. Let it rest for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Do not freestyle this smoked beef recipe without a digital thermometer. There’s nothing that’ll make me cry faster than overcooking a beef tenderloin roast.
  • Pull your roast out to rest when it hits 125-F for medium rare, or 130-F for medium. I don’t recommend cooking this roast beyond 130-F.
  • Don’t reheat this roast if you have some leftover, as it’ll probably overcook.

What To Serve with Easy Smoked Beef Tenderloin

With all the work being done by the smoker, you are freed up to make some killer sides. And, you’re working with the king of meats, so go all out with fancy sides like these au gratin potato stacks, creamed corn, Parsnip Puree, or smoked asparagus. Cobb salad is another favorite of mine with this recipe.

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Is This Easy Smoked Beef Recipe Freezer Friendly?

Well, you can freeze it, but smoked beef tenderloin doesn’t heat up as nicely. You run the risk of overcooking it. So, if you freeze it, let it thaw in the fridge and serve chilled, or just enjoy this dish fresh without freezing it.

How do you cook a beef tenderloin?

You can roast beef tenderloin or grill it, but my favorite way is to smoke beef tenderloin!

Do you cover beef tenderloin when cooking?

No! Some meats need to be covered to help them cook, especially if there’s a lot of fat or connective tissue. But this lean cut of meat needs dry heat with little moisture to make it nice and tender.

Is smoked beef tenderloin on a Traeger easy?

You bet! It’s not hard to smoke this majestic cut of beef. The biggest errors come in overcooking it, or not letting it rest long enough before serving. If you can nail both of those, you’re all set!

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4.36 from 17 votes

Smoked Beef Tenderloin

Moist, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and full of smoky flavor, this Smoked Beef Tenderloin Roast is just about as good as it gets!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked beef, smoked beef tenderloin, smoker, traeger beef recipe, traeger recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 443kcal
Author Chef Jenn



  • Remove the beef tenderloin roast from any packaging and let it rest at room temperature for about an hour before smoking.
  • Mince the garlic and combine it with the Dijon, brown sugar, whiskey and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Rub the mixture all over the beef tenderloin roast.
  • Preheat the smoker to 180-F. Smoke the roast at 180-F for 1 1/2 – 2 hours until the internal temperature comes to 125-F for a medium rare roast.
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve and enjoy!


Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Do not freestyle this smoked beef recipe without a digital thermometer. There’s nothing that’ll make me cry faster than overcooking a beef tenderloin roast.
  • Pull your roast out to rest when it hits 125-F for medium-rare, or 130-F for medium. I don’t recommend cooking this roast beyond 130-F.
  • Don’t reheat this roast if you have some leftover, as it’ll probably overcook.


Serving: 2slices | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 4mg

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7 thoughts on “Smoked Beef Tenderloin”

  1. 5 stars
    You know when there is whiskey in the marinade, the recipe is going to be good. This smoked beef tenderloin recipe did not disappoint!! We will be making this again! Love it!!

  2. 5 stars
    The flavors were sensational! That smoke-flavored marinade was the best I have ever tasted – smoked beef tenderloin is now firmly on my radar – thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    An investment worth making! This tenderloin was spectacular! What a wonderful, celebratory dish. It was delicious and made our holiday meal so special. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi there, I used a pellet smoker and usually use a blend or hardwood pellets (hickory, mesquite). This is such a quick smoke that it can hold up to a more assertive pellet/wood. Hope that helps, and happy smoking! ~Jenn

4.36 from 17 votes (12 ratings without comment)

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