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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. 🙂


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!




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?