Grilled and Blue Cheese Buttered Steak with Bourbon Caramelized Onions

Get your grill ready for a perfectly grilled steak sitting on a bed of bourbon caramelized onions and topped off with blue cheese butter.

This weekend we finished our patio. Well, that’s not entirely true. We finished the main structural pieces that pull the patio space together. There are still plenty of other pieces that need to come together before the project can be signed off on. Still, we have an actual outdoor space to occupy for the first time in the last five years, and it’s a nice feeling.

As it were, patio completion coincided with my daughter’s last supper. Well, for a while anyway. Braces went on early this morning, which stretched nearly to the afternoon, and while her teeth weren’t smarting too much just a few minutes ago when I dropped her off for the last hour of school, I know from experience that it will be a while before she is indulging in foods that require a significant amount of chewing.

A steak dinner seemed like the best solution to both christen in the new patio space, as well as to give Kiera a proper meal before we break out the blender and suck down some wheat grass. (Check and check on that front.)

A can of Bush’s Bourbon and Brown Sugar Grillin’ Beans served as the impetus for our meal, which led to spiking the caramelized onions with a bit of bourbon flavor and topping off our steak with a healthy dose of salty blue cheese to combat the sweetness. A few bold condiments to complement the steak, a side of beans, and a giant salad, and we’re moving into a summer of outdoor eating.

“Grillin’ Bold this Memorial Day? Bush’s has the beans for it. Come join the cookout with Cookin’ Canuck and Hoosier Homemade sponsored by Bush’s Grillin’ Beans.” Link up for your chance to win! I’m linking up this juicy steak dinner, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Disclosure: I’m working with Bush’s Grillin’ Beans. That means I am compensated for things like this, but all thoughts, opinions, pictures, and screw-ups are still mine. I claim them. You’re welcome.

4 8-ounce New York Strip Steaks
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

For the caramelized onions:
1 large yellow or white onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup bourbon*
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

For the butter:
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
3 tablespoons softened butter

Remove steak from the refrigerator and set aside to allow it to come to room temperature. Preheat your grill to the highest setting (around 500º F).

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter on medium high and add onions. Stir occasionally until the onions caramelize and brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir for about a minute to combine with the butter and juices in the pan. Stir in the bourbon and black pepper, and reduce the heat to medium. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for another 3-5 minutes until the bourbon cooks down and is absorbed by the onions. Turn off the heat.

Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper. Spray down the preheated grill grates with olive oil or cooking spray. Close the lid for one minute to allow the grates to heat back up. Place the steaks on the grill and close the lid. Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the meat. For medium doneness with 1-1/2″ steaks, flip the steaks to an empty part of the grill after about 2-3 minutes and close the lid. Allow the steaks to grill for another 2-3 minutes and remove to a plate and cover with foil to rest for at least 5 minutes. Adjust your cooking time to achieve your preferred level of doneness.

Mix together butter and blue cheese until combined. Use marinated onions to build a foundation on the plate, and lay the steak on top. Finish with a scoop of blue cheese butter and serve.

Makes (4) 8-ounce steaks, 8+ servings

*For the kids or the sans alcohol version, just eliminate the bourbon and replace with 2 teaspoons extract plus 3 tablespoons water for a similar taste.

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  1. You’ve got me hankering for a steak now! And a cute pot of beans on the side.

  2. Blue cheese butter, I could spread that on everything. YUM!!!!

  3. Goodness, now I can’t decide what I want for dinner fish cakes or this to die for steak. Oh well, I guess surf and turf is on the menu tonight ;D

  4. Sweet and tangy! Sounds like it is delicious!

  5. Now that is what I call a steak. YUM.

  6. Having just gotten back from Louisville, I have a newfound appreciation for bourbon and hot damn is it good on just about anything. This is such a stunning recipe with so much goodness!

  7. oh yes that looks WONDERFUL. Perfectly prepared, just the way I like it. Did you happen to save me some?

  8. This looks AMAZING!!!

  9. Oh I remember the pain of braces all too well. Good thing she had a proper farewell meal!

    • She’s definitely feeling the pain. We stocked up on plenty of smoothie supplies last night, and then I made sure to freeze several for lunches. Soft bread, berries, and smoothies went to school today. 🙂

  10. This is fabulous for fathers day too! Yum!

  11. Be still my heart. THIS…this looks like heaven on a plate. Can’t wait to try!!

  12. Christine says:

    Looks divine! Now I know exactly what to do with the half of a cow I have in my freezer!

  13. This looks so incredibly amazing! Now I’m starving.

  14. I could cry that looks so good!! Right now we are saving up for vacation, so steak for seven of us is on hold. But you better believe once we get home from vacation, I am making this meal!!!! Thanks again for another great recipe!

  15. Steak is one of our FAVORITE dinners, not only for taste, but it’s just so darn easy too!!

    This whole dinner looks amazing Shaina!

  16. Ummmm, I’m coming to YOUR house for dinner! Love the steak and beans combo.

  17. That is one mouthwatering looking steak, Shaina! Great recipe!

  18. I am starving and those photos are not helping the cause. Looks amazing!

  19. I need to make this soon. I have been on a huge blue cheese kick and it sounds so wonderful with the steak.
    Braces are no fun. I just got one kid out of them, still one with and fixing to have another one start. My checkbook hurts as much as their teeth, but in the end it is so worth it. My oldest son’s teeth turned out so great.

  20. This looks so incredibly yummy!

  21. Braces are the worst! It’ll get better quickly though – both of my older two have them and it only took 2-3 days for them to get used to them and go back to eating solid foods again.

  22. Jessica Turquoise says:

    This looks to be a great combination that needs to be tried out immediately.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. i was having dreams about this steak last night and now it is 3:58 am and I’m craving it! Breakfast? Maybe? 🙂

  24. Omg! I want mine with extra bourbon carmelized onions. Lots please!

  25. Blue cheese butter? Sounds amazing. Just that bit sounds amazing – I haven’t even got to the steak part yet…

  26. Blue Cheese & Butter on top of a grilled steak – what could be better?!

  27. Perfect recipe for the summertime. My hubby loves Blue cheese, so I’ll probably try to whip this up for him soon.
    He’s gonna be sooo happy!!!
    It’s nice to have new options for grilling.

  28. What a great combination! It’s only 10 in the morning and I am suddenly craving a big steak! 😉 Yummy!

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  30. This steak looks amazing and I would die for some of these onions right now. Wow. Such a fantastic meal!

  31. as a substitute for the bourbon you mentioned replacing it with 2 teaspoons extract plus 3 tablespoons water for a similar taste.

    What kind of extract are you talking about?

    Thank you!


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