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With Father’s Day around the corner, I was thinking about a little something to get my dad.  As I was walking down the aisles at Walmart, I saw the 12 oz. Coca-Cola cans that say “Grillmaster” on them and thought this would be a fun start for a Father’s Day gift.  I grabbed the 12 pack of cokes and went up to the front.

Okay a little about my dad!  He ALWAYS drinks Coca-Cola.  When we were young, he used to let us drink Coke and eat a snickers bar for breakfast on  road trips.  I always know what to order him to drink at a restaurant and I’m pretty sure he let my son have his first sip of Coke when I wasn’t looking. 🙂

share-a-coke-with-dad-bbq-marinade I LOVE my dad and was excited to get the chance to “Share a Coke” with him.  He was in the military while I was growing up, worked for my school as a plumber and later was the boss man!  He is the hardest working, most servant minded person I will EVER know and I love that seeing a Coca-Cola makes me think of him.  He even subscribes to my blog…now that’s a good dad. 🙂


My dad when I was about 3 years old.

I decided to take the “Grillmaster” Coca-Cola cans and turn them into his Father’s Day present.  I wanted to add something else to it so I made a SUPER yummy steak rub/marinade that involves his favorite thing…Coke!  Check out the recipe below…it’s so easy and makes a simple gift for any man in your life who loves the grill!




Now…the steak rub/marinade recipe:

Mix the ingredients listed below to create your homemade Rub/Marinade.  I put my dad and cousin’s marinade in small glass jars for safe keeping and added a fun chalkboard tag so they don’t forget what it is.

How to Use the Rub:

Marinade 2 to 3 steaks in 1 12 oz. can of Coca-Cola and 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke for 1 to 2 hours.
Remove from the Coca-Cola and place on a cooking sheet.
Rub 1 to 2 tsp. of the dry rub on each steak.
Grill and enjoy!


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Coca-Cola Steak Rub/Marinade Recipe
Recipe type: Grilling Marinade/Rub
Cuisine: Grilling
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Serves: 1½ cups
This marinade/rub is great for steaks and uses Coca-Cola and a few simple ingredients to make your grilling great all summer!
  • Marinade:
  • 1 12 oz. can of Coca-Cola
  • 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke
  • Dry Rub:
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. salt
  • 2 tbs. garlic powder
  • 2 tbs. pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ red pepper flakes
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together well and then pour in an air tight container for storage.
  2. How to Use the Rub:
  3. Marinade 2 to 3 steaks in 1 12 oz. can of Coca-Cola and 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke for 1 to 2 hours.
  4. Remove from the Coca-Cola and place the steaks on a cooking sheet.
  5. Rub 1 to 2 tsp. of the dry ingredients on each steak.
  6. Grill and enjoy!
When I got to the checkout line, I saw a huge bin of 20 oz. bottles of coke with TONS of different names on them.  I looked through the bottles a bit trying to find someone’s name from my family and I quickly became the consult for others if their name was in there. 🙂  If you are looking for a specific name, Walmart definitely has the most variety and is the easiest place to look through the bottles!


I saw my cousin Scott’s name and I thought I would get it for him.  I looked down and his wife’s name, Amy, was right next to it.  I thought that was some type of sign from God so I got both of them and made a fun little baby gift for them since they are expecting a baby girl VERY soon!

I used the 20 oz. Coca-Cola bottles with my cousin’s names for a fun and easy baby gift!  Just some diapers, wipes, their personalized Coke bottles, and some steak marinade (because they LOVE to grill too) and it’s all done!

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To see how others Share a Coke this summer, please check out this page at #ShareYourSummer.  There are great ideas for other ways to share a Coke with friends and family and free ideas you can use just like this.  Want a bottle with your own name on it.  You can buy them here or even make a virtual bottle like this one:


Have you found your name on the Coke bottles yet?  Who are you going to Share a Coke with this summer?