Combine the pepper, thyme, sage, salt, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and rub the steaks well all over with the mixture. Set aside to season for at least 20 minutes, preferably overnight, covered, in the refrigerator.
Render the bacon in the skillet or sauté pan until it browns. Remove the bacon, drain, and set aside. If necessary add fat to the pan for browning the steaks. Combine the