Around my house my family only goes for one kind of steak, filet mignon. Well that can be a pricey proposition. In fact, the last time that I bought filets from the market they were running $23.95/lb. Not the kind of thing I can afford to do very often.
So, I’ve been thinking about picking up a whole tenderloin and trimming it myself. Today, I took the plunge and bought a small(ish) one at Sams Club. The thing weighed in at a little over 5 lbs. and was priced at $9.98/lb. Still expensive, but much more affordable than buying the steaks individually.
Now I’d never trimmed a tenderloin before but I figured, how hard can it be? Well the step by step guidance was just a quick Google search away. I should have known that I’d find all the video help I need on YouTube. There I found two different videos and after spending less than 10 minutes in front of my iMac, I was ready.
I had the tenderloin trimmed and cut into steaks in less than 20 minutes. I cut filets a little on the thin side since my family also thinks steaks (or any meat for that matter) should be well done and it’s tough to get a really thick steak done enough for them without charring the outside too much.
After marinating for about an hour, I put the steaks and baked potatoes on the Bubba Keg. Man, they were every bit as good as the $23.95/lb steaks that I’d gotten at the market before. And the best part is, I’ve got a nice piece of the tenderloin left. I plan to smoke it on Monday and cut it thin for sandwiches next week. I’ve got a taste for a steak panini. Stay tuned for that!
Here are links to a video that I found on Youtube.