Steaks with Bacon Bourbon Sauce: A Date Night Recipe

This is one of Jason’s favorite meals. It’s also one of the first recipes I made when we started dating and I made him dinner. It’s rich and hearty, and is beyond-describable-good! It’s steaks with bacon bourbon sauce. And mushrooms. and wine. I don’t know where the original recipe came from, but I’ve been making this for more than 10 years now, and the recipe has been tweaked to suit our tastes.

It does take some time to make, which is different from most recipes that I share. It’s not a difficult recipe to make, yet there are lots of steps. It will take close to an hour to make it, but trust me when I say that it’s worth it. Make it a date night by opening a bottle of wine and chatting while you’re putting it all together!

Steaks with Bacon Bourbon Sauce

This recipe for steaks with bacon bourbon sauce is perfect for date nights or a special meal. It takes awhile to make, but is worth the effort and time!

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  • 1-1/2 cups dry red wine - use good wine that you would drink, not cheap stuff! Make sure to drink the same wine with dinner for the "wow" factor!
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups canned beef broth
  • 1-1/4 cups canned chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig or a pinch of dried thyme (that's what I use)
  • 8 ounces bacon (or more!), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package sliced button mushrooms
  • 4 1-inch-thick beef tenderloin steaks
  • 1 tablespoon good bourbon


  1. Boil wine and garlic in heavy medium saucepan until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Add next 5 ingredients; boil until reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Set sauce aside. (This sauce can be made 1 day ahead. If you do make it in advance, let it come to room temperature, then cover and chill.)
  2. Cook bacon in a heavy, large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels. Pour off all but 1-2 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add flour to drippings in skillet; whisk to blend. Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in another heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute until brown. Remove mushrooms and keep warm.
  4. Add the rest of the butter. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and cook to desired doneness, about 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks to plates.
  5. Mix bacon, mushrooms, and bourbon into sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over steaks.

Enjoy these steaks with bacon bourbon sauce and hot spinach salad recipe or loaded mashed potatoes, along with a bottle of Petite Syrah – it makes a fantastic, romantic dinner for two! Sound too heavy? This recipe definitely packs a bunch and would be delicious with a green salad or a side of veggies and a crusty French bread. Bon Appetit! No room for a sweet dessert? This adults only coffee would be the perfect finish.

I love sharing recipes that use wine as an ingredient because it adds so much flavor to the dishes. As a bonus, it also adds moisture to food so it’s perfect to use when you’re using a crock pot. This Changeling Chicken recipe is a perfect example (and super tasty, too!) You’ll find more recipes with wine as an ingredient here.

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  1. Laurie Wallin says:
    mmm-MMM! Can practically smell this just reading about it... I'm making it to celebrate Hubs' first paycheck from the contract job he just got. Thanks for sending it out!

    And for your great comment on my post today too!

    Appreciating you,
  2. blueviolet says:
    Set a place at the table for MOI!
  3. OMG- I want it!

    Although I think I would eliminate the mushrooms...

    Have a wonderful week!
  4. 1-1/2C of GOOD red wine? This recipe better be worth it, Nat. You know how I feel about wine.
  5. Booyah's Momma says:
    Beef, bacon and bourbon? That's like my husband's holy trinity of food. Yeah, I think that would go over nicely in our house.
  6. Sharlene T. says:
    I'm assuming that you are also enjoying a drink of that good Bourbon whilst cooking? Seems appropriate... YES, gopopgo, GOOD wine... if you won't drink it, don't serve it... I could almost smell this cooking... yummy... thanks for sharing...
  7. first, you had me at bacon. but then, i heart mushrooms, and i could eat steak everyday!

    the bloodier the better!
  8. That sounds amazing. Thanks so much for linkin it up to tasty tuesdays. Can't wait to try it girl.
  9. Witchy Crazy Mommy says:
    My hubby's gonna love this, any mention of bacon and he's in. YUMMY! right back at yah!
  10. I lost my taste for spicy foods too after I had kids. I think it had something to do with the waiter at a Thai restaraunt holding my water hostage after I told him to "bring it on" when I was 9 months pregnant. I went into labor the next day. I can't wait to hear how your hubby handles the ghost pepper. Would make a great vlog.
  11. Wow wow wow! Going to try this someday soon!! What varietal wine do you usually use? Ann Domeck (The Winey Mom) recently posted..Winey Tasting Notes: The Naughty Wine Name Series: La Bastarda Pinot GrigioMy Profile


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