Beef Tenderloin With Bourbon


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  • Total: 57 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Marinate: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 1 beef tenderloin (serves 8)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
817 Calories
30g Fat
32g Carbs
86g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 beef tenderloin (serves 8)
Amount per serving
Calories 817
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 254mg 85%
Sodium 1462mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 86g
Calcium 128mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This roast beef tenderloin is perfect for a special holiday meal or dinner party. Plan to marinate the beef for at least 6 hours before roasting time.


  • 1 cup good quality bourbon
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1 beef tenderloin, about 5 pounds (trimmed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine bourbon, brown sugar, soy sauce, cilantro, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, water, and thyme. Fold the thin tail end of the beef back underneath the roast so the meat is fairly uniform in thickness. Secure with cooking twine and place in a resealable food storage bag or nonreactive dish or pan.

  2. Pour marinade over tenderloin, cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 10 hours. Turn meat from time to time to keep it coated with marinade.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 F. 

  4. Roast, uncovered, basting occasionally, for 45 to 50 minutes for medium-rare to medium. A meat thermometer should read about 135 F for medium rare, 145 F for medium.