When planning meals for the grill, the most popular items are burgers, hot dogs, wings or steaks. But what about a cooking a good-sized beef tenderloin roast over indirect heat. Once you have a good fire going, this cooking method takes no longer than roasting in the oven and the results are even better. If done correctly, the meat is tender, moist, and juicy with an incredible smoky flavor.
Best Cuts for Grilling
it’s important to know your beef and choose the correct cut that’s suitable for grilling. The cuts listed below respond well to higher grilling temperatures. Just make sure not to overcook them.
- Chuck eye roast – A boneless cut that’s tender, but also is usually very fatty.
- Top round roast – One of the least expensive cuts and one of the leanest.
- Top Sirloin – Lean and flavorful, less expensive.
- Tri-tip roast. Taken from the top of the sirloin and has great marbling.
- Rib roasts – The most tender, juicy, flavorful, and expensive.
- Beef tenderloin – Also known as the fillet (think fillet mignon), this is the best cut of beef and pricey.
Tips for Grilling the Most Tender Roast
Here are some tips and tricks to help you cook the perfect grilled roast, locking in the juices and flavors, and keeping the meat from drying out:
- Make sure the grill is large enough, so the roast has plenty of space for both direct and indirect grilling.
- The internal temp of the beef, not going above medium rare (or your desired temperature) is the key to keep the meat juicy and not over-cooking it. You must have a digital meat thermometer.
- Prepare grill for direct and indirect cooking. Preheat to medium-high (400° to 500°) with lid closed.
- Before grilling, cover the roast with your favorite rub for a delicious layer of flavor and let it set overnight in the refrigerator. You could also cover with olive oil, coarse salt, and cracked pepper for a traditional taste. Add flavored wood chunks to the grill to get even more smoky flavor.
- Give roast a good sear by placing it on the hottest part of the grill until the crust becomes lightly browned and crispy. If you have a fatty piece of meat, don’t sear the fatty end. The drippings can cause dangerous flare-ups.
- After searing, move the roast away from direct heat and close the lid to cook the rest of the way. Temperature should be about 350°. This works much like an oven would, heating your roast thoroughly and evenly.
- As a rule of thumb, grill the roast for 15 to 20 minutes per pound. A medium rare roast should cook to 130° – 135°. Tenderloins and rib roasts are best when cooked to no more than medium-rare. Once they reach medium, they’re less juicy and tender.
- Rest at room temperature for up to 30 minutes before slicing the meat. This allows juices to move back through the grilled roast and preserves tenderness. Check the temperature again after resting to ensure it’s cooked to desired temperature.