Easy Dr. Pepper marinaded BBQ'ed Flank Steak Recipe

Dr Pepper Flank Steak

by Megan on May 5, 2011

Nothing says Spring like sparking up the old barbecue, huh?

Recently, I came across  this recipe for Dr. Pepper Flank Steak and I couldn’t resist. I mean, who doesn’t like flank steak, marinaded in some sweet syrupy soda with garlic, cinnamon, and my favorite steak seasoning ?

OK, don’t answer that. I realize this might gag a vegan or the health conscience.

But I can tell you I liked it!

Dr. Pepper Flank Steak

This was an easy recipe resulting in the most tender, flavorful slices of beef.

The only problem I had was remembering to put it in the marinade 12 hours in advance. I blame it on my 50 year old brain. For that reason, my steak only bathed in the marinade for about 8 hours.

Give or take, I don’t remember. ;)

Easy Flank Steak Recipe

My daughter loved it.

The hubby liked it.

I liked it.

Can I tell you the truth?

We’re friends, right?

I served this steak with the Stuffed Peppers that I made. They both have these sweet undertones and the dishes didn’t really go together.

They were both great on their own, I just don’t recommend you make them together.

My mistake!

For this reason, my hubby said he liked the steak, it was tender and had a lot of flavor, but he thought it may have been to sweet. I think it was the combo that confused his taste buds.

I will be making this steak again and serving it with a salad and I bet he’ll love it!

I just thought of something. That steak couldn’t have been that bad, it seems we ate it all…

unless I forgot  some in the fridge. :)


Dr Pepper Flank Steak
Recipe Type: entree
Author: Adapted from a Grady Spears recipe
Prep time: 12 hours
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 12 hours 8 mins
Serves: 4-6
Garlic and cinnamon in a Dr. Pepper marinade give this Flank steak a delicious and unexpected flavor!
  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle of Dr. Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (I used 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite steak grilling seasoning(I used Montreal Steak Seasoning)
  • 1-1/2 pounds of flank steak
  1. In a large bowl, combine the Dr. Pepper, garlic cloves, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the flank steak, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  3. Prepare the grill, and heat to medium-high. Remove the flank steak from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Season both sides with the steak seasoning.
  5. Grill the steaks from 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until done (never cook flank steak past the medium-rare stage or it will be very tough.)
  6. Remove the steak from the grill, and let rest for 10 minutes,
  7. Cut the steak across the grain into 1-inch-wide slices.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 HaleyLeann May 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I’m with you…who wouldn’t like that?! It sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can’t Wait to try!

2 Barbara Bakes May 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

Looks fabulous. I’ll have to grab some steak next time I’m at the store.

3 norma May 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

I like it too. Wish I had a grill, but not in my city apartment. Maybe I can do it on top os stove. Will let you know…

4 Faith May 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

I’m a huge fan of the sweet/savory combo and I think this sounds amazing! I make something similar with Dr. Pepper, but more of a glaze than a marinade…I’m definitely going to try this too!

5 claudia lamascolo May 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Great recipe love the Dr Pepper I use coke on Chicken on the barbecue so I can imagine how good this is on flank stea, has to really tenderize… will be trying this on beef and chicken soon! thanks

6 Delishhh May 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Fabulous idea. I hate Dr. pepper as a soda, i think you had to grow up liking it but i am sure on a steak it is just fabulous, just like coke, would love to taste this. I might have to just try it :) So creative.

7 Salad in a Jar May 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Love Dr. Pepper and if I’m going to have steak it must be grilled so this looks like a great idea.

Question: Looks like you have your recipes in the new format Google likes. Are you using a plugin? Or maybe you are a techie or live with one?

8 Megan May 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

Hi Paula,
The recipe format is a WordPress plug-in called Easy Recipe. I just installed it and BAM! Believe me, I’m no computer geek and I don’t live with one. I was just lucky to come across this plug in. Hope that helps!

9 5 Star Foodie May 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

The steak sounds awesome with this Dr. Pepper marinade, I like the addition of cinnamon, great flavors!

10 shelly (cookies and cups) May 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

This sounds great! I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to do flank steak!

11 Nichol May 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

I’ve heard of this but never tried it. It sounds great!

12 Feast on the Cheap May 9, 2011 at 7:24 am

I love marinading in soda! Last year we made Root Beer Pulled Pork Tacos and Root Beer Black Beans. Will have to try basting in my old friend Dr Pepper!

13 foodwanderings May 9, 2011 at 7:40 am

OMG flank steak is the best haven’t made it in awhile. Love this recipe. Definitely making this as my son is coming back home from Freshman year in college this week!! :) btw, sumbled! :)

14 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

I know my kids would love this one! Very clever

15 megan @ whatmegansmaking May 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

This sounds like a great meal! Marinating in soda sounds like a great idea :)

16 RJ Flamingo May 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

Sounds good to me! Oh, and if you happen to find any leftovers… well, FedEx would work, right? :-D

17 Cookin' Canuck May 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

This was the weekend of steak grilling – I think we can all smell summer coming. I have made a marinade with root beer before, but never Dr. Pepper. I have to give this a try!

18 kat May 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

I’ve heard of doing ham like this but I don’t think steak, I bet it would make a good fajita filler too.

19 Ethan May 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

there’s a coke cake for dessert coming soon, right?

20 Jennifer May 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

I am loving this! I frequently buy flank steak and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. There’s a pack of flank steak in my fridge right now and this will be what we do with it for grilling this weekend!

21 Cajun Chef Ryan May 18, 2011 at 7:35 am

I love me some flank steak and this Dr. Pepper marinade has my interest! I bet it adds a great flavor to the meat.
I wonder if you took the marinade and simmered it down into a reduction sauce how that would taste as a glaze or as a base for some other type of sauce such as a BBQ?

Bon appetit!

22 JulieD June 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

This looks awesome! I have done a beer marinade but not a soda marinade.

23 Angie @ Bigbearswife September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I’ve done ribs with Dr. Pepper, Steak is next! haha

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