When I saw the Jim Beam Beef Filets in Costco, I was really excited about them. Obviously, I am a sucker for marketing. They come in a box, so you cannot really see them. Yes, they show a picture, but does that really tell you what they look like? It’s more like the equivalent of the hamburger picture from <insert the name of your favorite hamburger joint here> that never, ever matches what is plated and ends up on your table.
I decided to try them though, because the box did look so good. For some reason, I had really thought that when they said “beef filet” my brain translated that as “Angus Filet”. This is the part where I make my Homer Simpson “DOH” sound.
Inside the box were the peppercorn bourbon sauce packets but, at least this time, I didn’t want to “sauce it up” in order to taste the true flavor of the meat. It already was marinated in a glaze as it was so let’s not complicate matters, right?
For a side, I chose a package of Knorr Rice Sides. Melanie was already giving me a look of disapproval because we’ve never tried these before and she was more skeptical than I was. I started the grill and, after a little garlic powder and Mrs. Dash, soon had the filets cooked to perfection. The rice was simple. Just add water, a cube of butter and pop it in the microwave for 8 minutes. I added a couple of slices of Hoffman’s Sharp Cheddar, garlic powder, salt and pepper then put it back in the microwave for two minutes.
At the first bite, I realized that this was not Angus beef nor was it filet mignon. It’s just a small, but thick, chunk of sirloin. It was not a bad piece of meat for sirloin, but it wasn’t what I was expecting and certainly not worth the premium that I paid for it. The bacon wrapped around each filet, was precooked. By the time the steaks got done on the grill, some of the bacon was rather crispy. The bacon that wasn’t was so fatty it was inedible.
The rice was the show stealer! I could have made two packages and still not had any left over. Needless to say, I am preparing another Amazon Prime Pantry order now. But, I can assure you, my next trip to Costco will not include me buying another box of Jim Beam Beef Filets. You’re much better off getting Angus Filet Mignon out of the meat department at Costco or your favorite grocery store. Guten appetit!