Reverse-Seared Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Butter

Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Butter

Reverse-Seared Filet Mignon Recipe

Prepare for steak bliss with tender filet mignons treated to the reverse-sear method. First, the thick steaks get a low and slow smoke roast until they reach the perfect rareness inside. After a brief rest, they get a searing hot finish over direct heat to create an incredible crusty exterior. The pièce de résistance? Luscious bearnaise butter – a garlic and herb-infused butter sauce – melting gloriously over the juicy, smoked filets. Each bite packs a punch of richness from the butter meeting the charred steak edges and the medium-rare, seasoned middle. Simple preparation highlights the premium quality of the filets.


Reverse-Seared Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Butter


  • 2 8-ounce fillets mignons, each 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick
  • Freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate

Recipe Steps

1: Prepare the Bearnaise Butter up to 4 hours before smoke-roasting the fillets.

2: Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-low. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Add wood chunks or chips to the fire.

3: Generously season the fillets on both sides with salt and pepper. Arrange the fillets on the grill grate away from the heat. Close the lid and smoke-roast the fillets to an internal temperature of about 105°F on a digital remote thermometer or instant-read meat thermometer. This will take 30 to 40 minutes.

4: Transfer the fillets to a wire rack set over a sheet pan and let them rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to high.

5: Arrange the fillets over the hottest part of the grill grate, running diagonal to the bars. Direct grill until both sides are sizzling, browned, and crusty, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to test for doneness. You want a final internal temperature of 120° to 125°F for rare; 130° to 135°F for medium-rare; or 140° to 145°F for medium.

6: Transfer the fillets to a platter or plates and top each with slices of the Bearnaise Butter. Serve while the butter is still melting into the meat.

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