Apple Ale- and Whiskey-Marinated Beef Tenderloin

This easy roast was a huge hit at Christmas dinner. The hands-on prep time is less than 10 minutes--it's the marinating that takes many hours. I've used wine-based marinades before and decided to try apple ale, which is a favorite at our house. We thought it tasted much better than with the wine marinades.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
18 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
19 hrs 15 mins
10 servings


  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) bottles hard apple ale (such as Redd's(R))

  • ¼ cup cinnamon whiskey

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 20 whole cloves

  • 2 teaspoons dried Valencia orange peel

  • 1 (5 pound) beef tenderloin


  1. Combine ale and whiskey in a bowl. Add brown sugar, cloves, and orange peel.

  2. Double over the skinny ends of the tenderloin and tie to the rest of the roast with kitchen string so it's roughly the same thickness from one end to the other. Place in a ceramic roasting or baking pan and pour ale marinade over top. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for 18 to 24 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Coast a roasting pan with olive oil.

  4. Remove tenderloin from the marinade and place in a roasting pan. Discard the remaining marinade.

  5. Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), about 45 minutes.

  6. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Start this recipe the night before you plan to serve it.

If dried orange peel is unavailable, slice an orange and put the whole slices in the marinade. If you don't have cinnamon whiskey, use 1/4 cup regular whiskey, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and an extra tablespoon of brown sugar.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

530 Calories
35g Fat
11g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 530
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 449mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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