Cocoa-Rubbed Ribeye with Whiskey Bacon Sauce #Choctoberfest

Cocoa-Rubbed Ribeye with Whiskey Bacon Sauce Recipe - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

My fiance, Jeffrey, doesn’t eat beef often, but when he does, he almost always wants a ribeye steak. He was a bit skeptical when I told him that I was looking for a way to cook his favorite steak with chocolate for #Choctoberfest, but all doubts were forgotten when he ate his first bite of this cocoa-rubbed ribeye!

The cocoa powder gives the steak a rich flavor with a slightly bitter finish, which is offset perfect by the whiskey bacon sauce. Alone, the sauce tastes way too salty, but spooned over the steak, it is perfection.


Let me make a confession: until recently, I always ate my steak well done because that’s how my parents like their steak. I still can’t stomach rare steak, but these days (much to Jeffrey’s delight), I usually order my steak medium or medium well instead of well done. But I do like a good char on the outside, which is part of the reason I love this recipe.

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Cocoa-Rubbed Ribeye with Whiskey Bacon Sauce

Perfectly seared steak with a rich sauce
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 steaks


  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 Ribeye steaks
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large leek chopped and cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley


  1. Whisk together the cocoa powder, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Rub on steaks and set aside on counter, allowing the steaks to come to room temperature while you make the sauce.
  2. Dice the bacon and cook in a large skillet until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon. Do not drain fat from pan.
  3. Add the leeks and cook until soft. Sprinkle with flour and cook for one minute more, then remove from heat deglaze the pan with the whiskey. Bring to a simmer. You can ignite the alcohol so it burns off more quickly if you have a gas stove. Otherwise, allow to simmer until the whiskey reduces and the mixture begins to thicken, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add chicken broth to the pan and bring back to a simmer. Allow to reduce slightly.
  5. Whisk heavy cream into the mixture, then re-add the bacon and 1 tablespoon of butter. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low.
  6. In separate pan, melt the butter over high heat, watching closely to make sure it doesn't burn. Add the steaks to the pan and sear until a crust forms on both side. Reduce heat and cook until steaks reach desired temperature.
  7. Transfer steaks to cutting board and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes.
  8. Still parsley into sauce.
  9. Spoon sauce over steak to serve.

Recipe Notes

Sauce will be slightly salt on its own, but pairs nicely over the steak.

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One thought on “Cocoa-Rubbed Ribeye with Whiskey Bacon Sauce #Choctoberfest

  1. Ribeye is my very favorite steak and can only imagine the deep flavor that the cocoa powder gives it. I love a whiskey steak too so this is like a match made in heaven!

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