An easy version of Dr. Pepper steak is made using 1 cup of regular Dr. Pepper soda, and the soda is combined with lime juice, soy sauce and a small amount of hot pepper sauce. Vegetable oil is also added, and steaks soak in the marinade for hours before cooking.
To make a simple meat marinade using Dr. Pepper, whisk the soda, and other ingredients, together in a bowl, and put the steak into a heavy-duty plastic freezer bag. Squeeze all of the excess air out of the bag, seal it tightly, and then place the steaks in the refrigerator for eight to 10 hours. After removing the steaks from the marinade, the remaining marinade juice can be used as a basting sauce, as long as it is boiled for at least five minutes.
An alternative Dr. Pepper steak recipe requires a bit more work and combines a 16 ounce bottle of Dr. Pepper soda with garlic, cinnamon sticks and a special grill seasoning. This recipe requires making pasilla, which is a homemade chili powder that is made by toasting fresh pasilla chiles in a skillet until crisp. The dried pepper is then turned into a powder using a coffee grinder. Once the marinade is ready, the flank steak chills in the marinade for 12 hours.