Here's one of our most popular beef tenderloin recipes, little bacon-wrapped filet mignon party appetizers.
These are great little grilled beef tenderloin mini-skewers, tender cubes of marinated steak wrapped in bacon and grilled to juicy perfection.
These really are quick and easy appetizers to put together and are a great way to serve beef tenderloin to a party crowd.
Here's a little trick I've learned for making these appetizers, microwave the bacon a couple minutes before wrapping the steak cubes with it.
That ensures the bacon's cooked the same time the beef is!
Tenderloin doesn't need a marinade to tenderize it - in this case we're using one just to give it a boost of flavor.
Pass these mini-skewers around at your next party and they'll disappear in no time.
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Serves: 10 - 12 (makes 36 - 40 appetizers)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Direct Heat: 425F - 450F
Note: marinate 4 to 8 hours for best results
What you'll need:
For the marinade:
Tip: if you can't find these short skewers make your own by cutting 12" skewers into 3 or 4 pieces (or even toothpicks).
In a small glass bowl or jar combine all of the marinade ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
Cut the beef tenderloin into 1" square chunks. Trim off any excess fat.
Place the beef tenderloin chunks into a resealable zip-lock plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Close the bag and distribute the marinade well to evenly coat all the beef.
Place the bag in a pan or bowl to prevent leakage and refrigerate 4 to 8 hours.
Place the bacon on a paper towel on a microwave safe plate and microwave for 2 minutes to just partially cook it.
This ensures that the bacon is cooked on the grill the same time the beef tenderloin is.
Remove the marinated beef cubes from the bag and discard the marinade.
Wrap a piece of beef with a small strip of bacon just so it wraps once around the cube and doesn't double over itself too much.
Insert a small skewer into the bacon and beef where the two ends of bacon meet and out the other side. This will ensure the bacon doesn't fall off the skewer.
Continue with the remaining beef/bacon cubes.
Clean and oil the grates of the grill and preheat to 425F - 450F.
I grill these at this temperature to ensure the bacon finishes cooking without burning.
When the grill has reached temperature place the skewers on the grates (bacon side down) at a 30 degree angle to the grate rungs to provide appealing sear marks.
Close the lid and continue grilling for 5 or 6 minutes.
Wiggle each piece with your BBQ tongs and flip them over on the grates if they are showing nice sear marks.
Close the lid for another 5 or 6 minutes.
At 425F - 450F these appetizers should be cooked to medium-rare in about 10 minutes.
An instant read thermometer should show approximately 130F internal temperature.
I use the lower heat to ensure the bacon cooks without burning and the beef doesn't overcook. Use a thermometer for best results.
Remove these awesome little Filet Mignon bites to a serving dish and drizzle with a little soy sauce or balsamic vinegar for added zip.