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Grilling a filet mignon to perfection is an art that requires precision and care. If you're looking to achieve a tender and juicy filet mignon that cuts with a fork, I've got some tips and techniques that will help you elevate your grilling game.
1. Start with a Quality Cut: The first step to grilling a tender filet mignon is to choose a high-quality cut of meat. Look for filet mignon that is well-marbled with fat, as this will contribute to its tenderness and flavor.
2. Let it Come to Room Temperature: Before grilling, allow your filet mignon to come to room temperature. This ensures even cooking and helps to prevent the steak from becoming tough.
3. Season Simply: Keep the seasoning simple to let the natural flavors of the filet mignon shine through. A sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper is all you need. You can also add a touch of garlic powder or your favorite steak seasoning for extra flavor.
4. Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. This will create a nice sear on the outside of the filet mignon while keeping the inside tender and juicy. Aim for a grill temperature of around 400-450°F.
5. Sear and Indirect Heat: Start by searing the filet mignon on high heat for about 2-3 minutes per side. This will give it a beautiful crust. Then, move the steak to indirect heat and continue grilling until it reaches your desired level of doneness. For a medium-rare filet mignon, grill for an additional 4-6 minutes per side.
6. Use a Meat Thermometer: To ensure your filet mignon is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer. For medium-rare, the internal temperature should reach 135°F. Remember to insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the steak, avoiding contact with the bone if there is one.
7. Rest and Tent: Once your filet mignon reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak. Tent the steak loosely with aluminum foil to keep it warm.
8. Slice and Serve: After resting, it's time to slice and serve your perfectly grilled filet mignon. Cut against the grain into thick slices to maximize tenderness. Serve it as is or with your favorite steak sauce or compound butter.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't exactly how you envisioned it. With time and experience, you'll become a master at grilling filet mignon that's so tender it cuts with a fork. Enjoy the process and savor every delicious bite!
For more grilling tips and recipes, be sure to check out Grill Matey, your ultimate guide to perfect grilling. Happy grilling!