Serves: 10 – 12 (makes 36 – 40 appetizers) Recipe by Taste of BBQ


Prep time: 15 minutes
Marinate time: 4 – 8 hours
Cook time: 15 minutes


Direct Heat
425F – 450F

What you’ll need: 

  • 2 lbs beef tenderloin cut into 1″ cubes 
  • 1 lb bacon strips – each strip cut in thirdsFor the marinade:
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 
  • short appetizer sized wooden skewers (3″ – 4″)Tip: if you can’t find these short skewers make your own by cutting 12″ skewers into 3 or 4 pieces.

    beef tenderloin appetizersStep 1:
    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.

    beef tenderloin recipesPlace 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 – 8 hours.

    bbq beef tenderloin appetizerStep 2:
    Remove the beef tenderloin recipe 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 chunk and doesn’t double over itself too much.

    grilling beef tenderloin appetizersInsert a small skewer into the chunk 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.

    beef appetizer recipesStep 3:
    Clean and oil the grates of the grill and preheat to 425F – 450F.
    I grill these at this temperature to ensure the bacon cooks 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 8 – 10 minutes.

    filet mignon appetizersWiggle the pieces with your BBQ tongs and flip over on the grates if they are showing sear marks.Close the lid for another 8 – 10 minutes.

    Step 4:
    At 425F – 450F this beef tenderloin recipe should be cooked to medium-rare in about 15 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.

    juicy tenderloin appetizers

    Remove the Filet Mignon bites to a serving dish. Drizzle with a little soy sauce if desired.Enjoy!


    Wednesday’s WOD:

    “Filthy Fifty”

    50 Box Jumps

    50 Jumping Pull Ups

    50 Kettlebell Swings

    50 Walking Lunge Steps

    50 Knees to Elbows

    50 Push Press

    50 Back Extensions

    50 Wall Balls

    50 Burpees

    50 Double Unders

    *compare to 7/14/11


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