Thomas Rosenbaum is a seasoned mechanic who transitioned into the world of grilling after retirement. Renowned for his innovative and technically-driven grilling techniques, Thomas enjoys experimenting with various grilling and smoking equipment to achieve the perfect cook.
Hey there, fellow grill enthusiast! Rusty Iron here, ready to share my tried-and-true method for searing and baking filet mignon. This technique will give you a mouthwatering crust on the outside while keeping the inside tender and juicy. So, let's fire up that grill and get cooking!
Step 1: Prepping the Filet Mignon
Before we dive into the searing and baking process, let's make sure our filet mignon is ready for the grill. Start by taking the steaks out of the fridge and allowing them to come to room temperature. This will ensure even cooking throughout.
While the steaks are warming up, season them generously with your favorite steak rub or a simple combination of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Don't be shy with the seasoning - it'll help enhance the flavors.
Step 2: Searing the Filet Mignon
Now, it's time to get that beautiful sear on the filet mignon. Preheat your grill to high heat, around 450-500°F (230-260°C). If you have a gas grill, preheat all burners. For charcoal grills, spread the hot coals evenly.
Once the grill is hot, place the filet mignon directly over the heat source. Sear each side for about 2-3 minutes, or until you achieve a nice caramelized crust. Remember, we're looking for that gorgeous Maillard reaction here!
Step 3: Baking the Filet Mignon
After searing, it's time to move the filet mignon to indirect heat for baking. If you're using a gas grill, turn off one or more burners to create a cooler zone. For charcoal grills, move the steaks to the side without direct heat.
Close the grill lid and let the filet mignon continue cooking in this indirect heat for about 10-15 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of your steaks and your desired level of doneness. For a medium-rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of around 130-135°F (55-57°C).
Step 4: Resting and Serving
Once the filet mignon reaches your desired doneness, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.
After resting, it's time to dig in and enjoy your perfectly seared and baked filet mignon! Serve it as is or with your favorite steak sauce or compound butter. Pair it with some grilled vegetables or a side salad for a complete and delicious meal.
Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't flawless. Keep experimenting with different seasonings and cooking times until you find your personal grilling sweet spot.
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