Six Must-Make Soda Marinades

We're full swing into barbecue season so I've been roaming the web for creative marinade recipes. A good marinade is the key to your meat having that deep of flavor you crave on your favorite grilled foods.

Beer is an obvious addition to any marinade at a barbecue, but what about soda? Soda not only makes your meat extra tender because of the bubbles and acidity, it also brings a unique, subtle flavor to your dish.

These soda marinades are nothing short of unique. From Dr. Pepper to Coca Cola and Orange Crush, here are six different ways you can jazz up your marinade by adding a splash of soda.


  • This grilled BBQ chicken recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up! uses a sweet and tangy marinade with one special ingredient, Orange Crush soda. The bubbly addition will definitely add a subtle hint of orange flavor to your grilled meats!

  • Over at Carlo Friday's Texas Kitchen, they marinate their flank steak with a can of  Dr. Pepper and a good amount of dry rub. That's it! Who knew soda could make your steak taste so good.

  • This marinade from Chef in Training only uses 5 ingredients, but the most unique one is a can of 7-Up! The lemon lime flavor of the soda mixed with horseradish makes for a zippy flavor for your grilled chicken.

  • If you're into beef jerky, this marinade recipe from Pass the Sushi might tickle your fancy. A cup of Cola with a bit of soy, paprika and honey will bring your marinade to a sweet and smokey start.

  • This grilled chicken recipe from Try It You Might Like It is marinated in a sweet sauce of Ginger Ale, brown sugar and soy. We think pork would also be a great pairing with a can of Ginger!

  • Coca Cola seems like it could easily be paired for a steak marinade, but what about these Bermuda onions? Sweet Life whips up a yummy Coca Cola balsamic marinade before she tosses her onions on the grill.

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