Creating a two-zone fire lets you sear the meat over direct heat and t.hen finish cooking it over indirect to a beautiful medium-rare. Beginners tip: As you grill, keep the lid closed to maintain the temperature.


1 center-cut beef tenderloin’ (2 ½ to 3 lbs.), fat trimmed

½ cup plain dried bread crumbs

12 oz. gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature, divided

5 tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided

1 ½ tbsp. chopped .chives, divided

1 ½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme, divided

About ½ tsp. EACH kosher salt and pepper

¾ lb. thinly sliced bacon

1 bottle (750 ml.) reserve or fine port (not tawny or ruby)

1 shallot, chopped

2 tbsp. butter

2 ½ tsp. flour


1. Bring meat to room temperature, 1 to 1 ½ hours. Meanwhile, make filling: Toast bread crumbs in a small frying pan over medium heat until deep golden brown, stirring, 4 to 5 minutes; let cool.


2. Set aside 2 tbsp. gorgonzola and 1 tbsp. parsley and chill. Combine bread crumbs, remaining cheese, 3 tbsp. parsley, 1 tbsp. chives, and 1 tsp. thyme in a bowl until well blended. Chill until cold, 1 hour.


3. Heat a grill to medium (350° to 450") with a burner turned off (for gas) or coals pushed to sides of fire grate (for charcoal) to make an indirect-heat area. Cut a lengthwise slit down center of meat to within 1 in. of underside and 1/2 in. from ends, forming two sections. In each section, center a slit parallel to first, with the same depth and length. Densely pack the three slits with filling. Press cut sides together. Season roast with 1/ 2 tsp. each salt and pepper.


4. Lay meat cut side up. Wrap in bacon, overlapping ends under roast if bacon is long enough. Tie roast crosswise with kitchen twine at 1-in. intervals.


5. Grill beef, covered, over direct heat until lightly browned, turning as needed (watch carefully), 10 to 15 minutes. Move meat to indirect heat and cook, covered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of meat (not filling) reaches 135", 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a platter, tent with foil, and let rest in a warm place 20 minutes.


6. Meanwhile, bring port and shallot to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until reduced to 1 cup, 20 to 30 minutes. Strain; discard shallot. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring.  Add port and bring to a simmer. Stir in remaining 1 tbsp. parsley, ½ tbsp. chives, and ½ tsp. thyme.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.


7. Untie beef. Cut in 1-in. slices and arrange on a platter. Top with reserved gorgonzola and parsley. Pour some sauce around meat and serve remaining on the side.