Sugary soft drinks might not be great for your health—but they can be very useful for cooking, especially when it comes to meat or anything grilled. Heated and reduced, Coke and Pepsi can impart an incredible caramel-like complexity to all kinds of dishes. Here, 10 incredible ways to cook with cola.
1. Tangy Sort-Of Jerk Chicken
Chef Steven Brown flavors his jerk-style chicken with a highly spiced, tangy marinade made with Coke, liquid smoke, citrus, soy and lots of spices.
2. Steak, Chicken and Vegetable Tacos
The sweet Coca-Cola-and-tamarind marinade chef Sue Torres uses to tenderize and flavor skirt steaks was a discovery she made while traveling through Oaxaca. “Mexicans love Coke. They’d offer it to me at breakfast,” she says.