Videos: Surf & Turf! Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Shrimp

Watch Chef Tom reverse sear a whole beef tenderloin and grill shrimp on the Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill for an amazing Surf n’ Turf dinner.

Reverse Seared Beef Tenderloin and Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Yield: About 8 servings



Combine the ingredients for the compound butter in a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Place on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around the butter, twist the ends of the plastic and roll into a log shape. Place in the refrigerator to firm.

Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 pellet grill to 225°F, set up for indirect grilling, with GrillGrates in place on the main cooking surface, and the second shelf in place.

Trim the excess fat, silver skin and chain from the outside of the tenderloin. Pour a small amount of Smoke on Wheels BBQ Marinade over the tenderloin and rub all over the meat to form a thin layer to act as a binder for the rub. Season with R Butts R Smokin’ R Beef Rub. Let the rub set up for a few minutes. Transfer to the second shelf of the smoker.

While the beef smokes, place the shrimp in a bowl and cover with the Smoke on Wheels BBQ Marinade. Let soak about 30 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and thread onto skewers. Season with Plowboys BBQ Fin and Feather Rub.

When the internal temperature of the beef tenderloin reaches 100ºF, remove the tenderloin and the second shelf. Cover the tenderloin loosely with foil. Increase the grill temperature to 400°F. When the grill reaches 400°F, place the tenderloin on the GrillGrates, directly over the firebox. As the tenderloin takes on nice grill marks, rotate the tenderloin to allow all sides to brown. Do all of this with the lid open, so as not to overcook the meat before browning the surface. When the internal temperature reaches 125°F, remove the tenderloin from the grill to rest, and place the shrimp skewers on the GrillGrates.

Cook the shrimp on both sides until they have a little char and are opaque and cooked through (140°F internal).

Slice steaks out of the tenderloin. Top with a couple of grilled shrimp and a pat of the compound butter.

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  1. daryle
    December 18, 2017

    When you finished the tenderloin at 400 degrees was it over the firebox with an open flame?

    1. Jon Yokubaitis
      December 25, 2018

      I have the same question…I know that you are to start smoking using the indirect grilling setup with the diffuser in place but to sear it, do you remove the diffuser for direct grilling over the open firebox or keep the diffuser in place for indirect grilling at 400 degrees with the grill grates for searing?


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