Reverse-Seared Filet Mignon

Reverse-Seared Filet Mignon

This reverse-seared filet mignon recipe yields perfectly cooked steaks that are delightfully smoky with an incredible crust. Reverse searing turns the traditional method of grilling filet mignon on its head. Instead of cooking the steaks at high heat, they’re smoked over indirect heat, rested, then seared for better heat control, more even cooking, and consistent exterior and interior color.
Servings 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes


  • Z Grills Smoker Grill
  • Z Grills bbq Pellets
  • Probe Thermometer
  • Tongs
  • Toothpicks


  • 2 (2-2 ½-inch) thick filet mignon, center-cut prime grade
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or avocado oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 slices of bacon, optional


  • Prepare your Z-Grill (preferably with branded hickory or applewood pellets) or other wood pellet grill for indirect cooking at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the filet mignon dry with paper towels and brush the steaks with oil.
  • Generously season both sides of the filet mignon with salt and black pepper. If using bacon, wrap one slice around each steak and secure it with a toothpick.
  • Insert the probe of your thermometer into the center of a steak.
  • Transfer both steaks to the grill grates, close the lid, and cook until the internal temperature reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit. This will take about 20 minutes.
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and set them aside to rest.
  • Meanwhile, increase the temperature of your grill to 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit. Close the lid and let the grill come to temperature for 8-10 minutes.
  • Place the steaks over direct heat.
  • Reinsert the probe, return the steaks to the grill, and sear until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees for medium-rare (5-6 minutes per side) or 135 degrees for medium (7-8 minutes per side).
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and rest for 5 minutes before serving.


Prime grade, center-cut filet mignon has better marbling meaning more fat is present, which will prevent the meat from drying out during the cooking process.
Total cook time will vary depending on the thickness of the steaks selected.
Wrapping the steaks in bacon is not required, but it sure is tasty. The extra fat also gives you a reasonable margin for error.
Calories: 300kcal
Cost: 40
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Seared

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