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Beef Tenderloin Rub Recipe

Beef tenderloin is the most exquisitely tender cut of meat in the whole side of beef, yet it always benefits from some extra seasoning to bring out its best flavour.  This rub recipe will give you a gourmet-quality tenderloin that any restaurant would be proud to serve.  It’s hard to imagine anything better for a special meal.


  • 1 dry-aged beef tenderloin, 2.5 — 3 lbs
  • 2 Tbsp butter — softened
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme (can also use fresh minced)
Beef tenderloin rub recipe from Whispering Meadows - naturally raised and organic meats delivered to your door in Ontario Canada.


  1. Combine all rub ingredients, and rub over every surface of the tenderloin.
  2. Let marinate, covered in fridge, for 2 hours minimum, and ideally overnight.  Allow to return to room temperature before cooking.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a cast iron pan on medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer, then use kitchen tongs to place the tenderloin in the pan.  Tilt the pan, and spoon the oil continuously over the tenderloin to baste.  Turn the meat occasionally to brown on all sides.  When approaching desired doneness, add 2 Tbsp butter to the pan and continue to baste until done.
  4. Rest whole for 10 — 15 minutes, tented in foil, then slice into 1-inch medallions to serve.


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I’m Mikayla Murphy, Certified Nutritional Practitioner and owner of Groundwork Health + Wellness!  My entire practice revolves around traditional cooking and old fashioned nutrition as a way to regain your health.

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