How To Grill Filet Mignon
It's going to be a romantic dinner and now all you have to do is figure out how to grill filet mignon. This is one you don't want to mess up because the filet mignon steaks were not only pricey, but you want to impress that special someone. Luckily, filet mignon is not harder than any other steak to cook on the grill.
You will need the following to cook a good filet:
- Barbecue grill, either gas or charcoal
- Barbecue tongs
- Bacon slices
- Filet mignon steaks, 1 1/2 inch thick
- Steak seasonings
- Prepare the grill by either lighting the charcoal or setting the temperature on the gas grill to medium high. It should take 20 to 30 minutes for either gas or charcoal to preheat to the proper temperature.
- Wrap a single slice of bacon around each filet mignon steak and secure with a toothpick. The bacon helps to hold moisture in the steak since there is very little fat in the meat.
- Apply the steak seasonings of your choice sparingly to the steaks. Over seasoning will detract from the delicate taste of the steak.
- Grab the steaks from the sides using tongs. You do not want to piece the meat at all in order to keep the moisture in the steak.
- Grill three minutes per side until the steaks are seared. Twist the steaks on the grill to achieve the criss-crossed grill marks on the seared steaks.
- Move the steaks, again using the tongs on the edges, to a cooler section of the grill and cook until the desired doneness is achieved. For a gas grill, simply turn the grill down to medium heat.
Tips: The best way to test for doneness is to use a meat thermometer inserted into the side of the steak. A rare steak will read 145F, while a medium will register 160F on the thermometer. You can undercook the steaks by a few degrees and place them on warm plates for 5 minutes. The steaks will continue to cook after being removed from the grill.