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.
Ah, filet mignon, the king of steaks! Grilling this tender and flavorful cut of beef to perfection is an art form, but fear not, my grilling mateys! I'm here to share with you the optimal method for barbecuing filet mignon.
First things first, let's talk about preparation. Before you even think about firing up that grill, make sure your filet mignon is at room temperature. This will ensure even cooking throughout the steak. Take your filets out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling and let them sit on the counter.
Now, let's get that grill preheated. For filet mignon, we want to aim for a medium-high heat. If you're using a gas grill, set it to around 400-450°F. If you're using charcoal, make sure your coals are nice and hot, with a gray ash coating.
While the grill is preheating, it's time to season your filet mignon. Keep it simple and let the natural flavors shine through. I like to use a mixture of kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a touch of garlic powder. Sprinkle the seasoning generously on both sides of the steak, gently pressing it into the meat.
Now, it's time to get grilling! Place your filet mignon directly over the heat source. If you're using a gas grill, this means placing the steaks on the grates. If you're using charcoal, place them directly over the hot coals. Close the lid and let the magic happen.
For a perfect medium-rare filet mignon, grill each side for about 4-5 minutes. This will give you a nice sear on the outside while keeping the inside tender and juicy. If you prefer your steak more on the medium side, grill for an additional 1-2 minutes per side.
Remember, grilling times may vary depending on the thickness of your filet mignon and the heat of your grill. To ensure accurate doneness, I highly recommend using an instant-read meat thermometer. For medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of 135°F, and for medium, aim for 145°F.
Once your filet mignon reaches your desired doneness, it's time to take them off the grill. But wait! Before you dig in, let them rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the steak, resulting in a more flavorful and tender bite.
Now, my grilling mateys, you're ready to enjoy your perfectly grilled filet mignon. Serve it up with your favorite sides, like roasted potatoes or grilled asparagus, and savor every delicious bite.
Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment and find your own grilling style. And if you ever need more grilling tips and tricks, head on over to Grill Matey, your ultimate guide to perfect grilling. Happy grilling, mateys!