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Coffee-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Servings: 10
  • Course: Main Dish

Coffee lovers, this one’s for you: a rich-tasting tender roast that’s perfect for entertaining. Make a few batches of this rub recipe, package it into small jars and give as gifts for your dinner guests to take home.

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  • 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee beans
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 4-pound center-cut beef tenderloin roast, trimmed
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. Place a rack in the pan and coat with cooking spray; set pan aside.

Step 2

In a small bowl, stir together ground coffee, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper; set aside.

Step 3

Place meat on the rack in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle coffee mixture evenly over top and sides; rub in and press lightly with your fingers.

Step 4

Roast, uncovered, for 50 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 135°F for medium rare. Remove from oven.

Step 5

Cover roast with foil; let stand for 15 minutes before slicing into 1/2-inch slices. (The temperature of the meat after standing should be 145°F.)


  • Like smoke flavor? Substitute smoked paprika for the regular paprika. Out of garlic powder? Use an equal amount of onion powder. Prefer an option to tenderloin? Try a 4-pound beef top round roast. Roast at 350°F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until an instant-read thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare as directed through Step 2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Continue as directed in Steps 3 and 4.

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