Want to smoke a filet mignon like a true grill master?
This is an expensive cut of beef, so you need to know what you’re doing!
Below I’ll show you the exact steps to searing and smoking your steak to perfection
Why I Love to Smoke Filet Mignon
Filet mignon is my favorite type of steak.
It comes from the smaller end of the tenderloin and has a tender texture.
Most people say this is one of the best cuts of beef because it melts in the mouth.
Can You Cook Filet Mignon on the Traeger?
While many people equate filet mignon with a fancy restaurant, you can make it at home.
Cooking it at home is actually cheaper and just as delicious.
Our method involves two steps.
Step 1: Smoke the steak until 120°F
Step 2: Reverse sear the steak on a griddle at 500°F
What Tools Do You Need to Cook Filet Mignon on the Traeger?
First and foremost, you need a Traeger, we also use a Blackstone griddle to sear the meat.
You will also want a meat thermometer.
An accurate thermometer ensures the proper internal temperature for this pellet grill steak.
Some people prefer a handheld thermometer while others like digital probe thermometers.
What Wood Pellets to Use for Filet Mignon?
Since filet mignon cooks quickly, you can use stronger wood pellets.
Pecan, hickory, and mesquite are delicious wood chips for a pellet grill steak.
How to Season Filet Mignon
A lot of people like to use their favorite steak rub when grilling meat.
However, this is such a tasty cut of meat that specialty seasonings are unnecessary.
The experts agree that all you need to season this meat is salt and pepper.
Prepping the Filet Mignon
Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the entire steak and then let it rest in the refrigerator for an hour.
By salting it ahead of time, you can remove the excess moisture from the steak.
This will result in a nice exterior crust that adds to the texture of the meat.
First We Smoke the Steak
Preheat Traeger to 205°F with super smoke enabled.
Then your steaks go on the grill and cook until the internal temperature is 120°F.
While this is happening, preheat your Blackstone griddle to 500°F.
What Temperature to Sear the Filet Mignon?
Filet mignon requires a very hot grill and direct heat.
This allows the meat to cook quickly without overcooking.
The perfect cooking temperature for the grill is 500°F.
This will also create beautiful grill marks on the outside of the steak.
It is crucial to get the grill hot before putting steaks on the grill.
The hot grill grates ensure that the meat will cook quickly.
How Long to Grill Filet Mignon?
It should take between 1-2 minutes per side.
The cook should depend on the internal temperature rather than the cooking time.
The cooking time depends on how well done the result should be.
The thickness of the cuts of meat also determines how long it might take.
A handheld thermometer makes it very easy to check the doneness temperature.
How Do You Know When the Filet Mignon Is Cooked?
The cooking time is a good indicator of the level of doneness.
However, the doneness temperature is the best indicator.
The target temperature depends on how well you like your steak.
A rare steak will reach 125 °F while a well-done steak will reach 160 °F.
Experienced chefs may also tell the level of doneness based on appearance and touch.
How to Cook Filet Mignon on a Traeger and Blackstone
Cooking this steak on the Traeger is very simple.
Season the meat an hour ahead of time and let it rest in the refrigerator.
Fire up the grill to 205°F. Cook until the internal temperature is 120°F.
While this is smoking preheat your Blackstone griddle.
Then transfer the steak to the Blackstone griddle Put the meat on the grill for 3-5 minutes and then flip it.
Let it cook for 3-5 more minutes before removing it from the heat.
Let it rest for 5-7 minutes before serving it.
What Is the Reverse Sear Method?
The reverse sear method is a less common way to grill filet mignon.
To reverse sear filet mignon, you would cook it until it reaches the ideal temperature.
Then you would sear it at the end.
The most common way to sear the steak at the end is on a cast-iron skillet.
Using a pad of butter or some olive oil adds a delicious flavor.
Can You Smoke a Filet Mignon on a Traeger?
Very few people would think of smoking filet mignon with indirect heat.
With a Pit Boss grill, it makes sense to try!
If you love smoking your favorite cuts of meat on a pellet smoker grill, try smoking this meat!
You’ll be able to taste the delicious smoky flavor.
Buying an entire beef tenderloin to smoke may be the best option if you choose to smoke it.
The full tenderloin will have more connective tissue which leads to a juicier result.
What Sides to Serve With Grilled Filet Mignon?
This type of meat will pair well with most sides.
The best side dish depends on the type of meal you hope to serve.
The perfect filet mignon is a prime cut of meat so you may want your sides to rival its quality.
Try fondant potatoes with herbed butter or stuffed peppers.
Maybe you’d like a side dish inspired by a casual steak house.
This calls for beer-battered onion rings or sweet potato fries.
Corn on the cob and vegetable kabobs are great options, especially if you already have a hot grill.
How to Use Leftovers
You might wonder what to do with the leftovers.
Fortunately, there are many options!
Leftover steak is a great ingredient for quesadillas, soup, and many more.
Recipe for Filet Mignon on Pit Boss Pellet Grill
You will need a filet mignon steak, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of pepper.
Step 1: Prepare the Filet Mignon.
Season the meat with salt and pepper.
Let it rest in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Step 2: Fire up the Grill.
Preheat the Traeger to a 205°F with super smoke on.
Step 3: Cook the Meat.
Use a paper towel to pat the steak dry.
Preheat griddle to 500°F Cook the steak until it reaches 120°F.
Then transfer to the griddle, sear on each side for 90 seconds.
Check for a doneness temperature between 120 °F – 160 °F.
Step 4: Rest the Meat.
Allow the meat to rest 5-10 minutes before serving.
Next time you’re at the meat market, skip the marbled ribeye steak or beef brisket and opt for the filet mignon.
Don’t save the amazing flavor for special occasions!
Smoked Filet Mignon on a Traeger
- 1 Traeger
- 4 pieces filet mignon steak
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons pepper
- Step 1: Prepare the Filet Mignon.
- Season the meat with salt and pepper.
- Let it rest in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Step 2: Fire up the Grill.
- Preheat to 205°F
Step 3: Cook the Meat.
- Use a paper towel to pat the steak dry.
- Preheat griddle to 500°F. Cook the steak until it reaches 120°F.
- Then transfer to the griddle, sear on each side for 90 seconds.
- Check for a doneness temperature between 120 °F – 160 °F.
Step 4: Rest the Meat.
- Allow the meat to rest 5-10 minutes before serving.
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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