Bourbon & Coca Cola Steaks

In Beef, Grilling, Make/Prep-Ahead Recipes
by Ann on 08/08


Typically, we keep steak preparation simple in our house. A sprinkle of spice rub is often as fancy as it gets.

This clever steak marinade, compliments of Michaela Martin Kenkel (who has a delightful blog called An Affair from the Heart), earned points for originality. Until seeing her recipe, I thought of bourbon and Coke as a drink one might enjoy with dinner, not in dinner!

The flavors of this marinade are truly reminiscent of the cocktail and lend a hint of sweetness to the finished product. For those who prefer a strictly savory steak, this recipe may not be ideal. For adventurous grillers who enjoy a sweet and savory flavor profile, this is a fun recipe to try.

Thank you to all who took the time to share your grill recipes with me as a part of the recent Sunday News recipe challenge. I thoroughly enjoy the reader input and welcome your favorite recipes any time, no matter what the category. Who knows? They might just be the inspiration for a future column, blog post, or reader recipe challenge…not to mention a delicious family that my family and I enjoy!


Bourbon & Coca Cola Steaks

Yield: 4 servings

Bourbon & Coca Cola Steaks

As an option, two pounds of flank steak could be used in place of the strip steaks.

  • ½ cup bourbon (like Jack Daniel’s)
  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Frank’s)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 New York Strip Steaks

  1. Whisk together all of the marinade ingredients. Place the marinade in a zipper-top bag with the steaks and massage to coat. Place the steaks in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight (Michaela also suggests freezing the steaks for future use; the steaks will marinate as they thaw).
  2. About 30 minutes before cooking, remove the steaks from the refrigerator to bring them closer to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat and cook to desired temperature.


For those who prefer a little less sweetness, I was thinking that eliminating or reducing the brown sugar and relying on the sweetness of the soda would be worth trying.


 If you’d like to see more of Michaela’s recipes, pop over to Affair from the Heart and take a peek around.