Cooking beef tenderloin on a charcoal grill is very similar to cooking it on a gas grill, with a few minor differences in temperature and timing. Here’s a basic guide:
- Preheat the grill: Start by preheating your charcoal grill to medium-high heat, around 375-400°F. You can create a two-zone fire by piling the charcoal on one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty.
- Season the beef: Season the beef tenderloin generously with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings.
- Sear the beef: Place the beef directly over the hot coals and sear for 2-3 minutes per side until browned and slightly charred.
- Move to indirect heat: Move the beef to the cooler, indirect side of the grill and close the lid. Continue cooking for 12-15 minutes for a 1 to 1 1/2-inch thick tenderloin or 20-25 minutes for a 2 to 3-inch thick tenderloin, or until it reaches the desired.
- Rest and slice: Once the beef is cooked to your liking, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.
Remember that the cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of the beef tenderloin, so it’s always best to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature reaches the desired level of doneness.