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Faux Fillet – Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Beef

Not everyone can afford to eat steak every night, especially Fillet Mignon. And since a nice cut of Fillet averages $23 per pound, most people rarely eat it at all!

So, what if I told you that you can get about 6 pounds of an equally good cut of beef; and if cooked properly, no one would  be able to tell the difference?

All you really need is a Beef Tenderloin! They average about $2.75 – $3.75 per pound and are highly under rated!

For $13 I was able to cook 7 of these 7oz “Fillet Clones.” The whole tenderloin cost $26 (after coupon), So I cut it in half to save the remainder for a curry dish later! Still an awesome yield!

I made an amazing chipotle sauce to finish the “Faux Fillet.” A true Fillet is prepared by basting it in a pan with butter or animal fat (bacon). So, to simulate this I made a honey butter based chipotle sauce for basting on the grill. Lets get to it…

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The Chipotle Sauce

Chipotle oil or chipotle pepper powder
Honey
Butter
Sage
Thyme
Oregano
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Chili Powder

Cut your beautiful Tenderloin into 1.5 – 1.75″ cuts or roughly 7oz steaks.

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Dust the Beef on one side with salt. Preheat the Grill to 435 degrees.

Once the grill is heated, sear the beef on both sides for 3 minutes each, and bring to the top shelf. Turn the burners on low and spoon some baste onto the top of the Faux Fillets (don’t make a mess). Close the lid for 4 minutes, flip and repeat. Do this process 2 more times with a baste time of 3 minutes for the last two steps.

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Raise the heat to high and immediately sear the beef for 2 minutes each side (again). Remove, and let rest for 5 minutes covered.

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Put on you ascot and enjoy with a cheap beer.