Rob Barrett Grills: Coke marinated steak
Life is hard to understand.
What seems to be a bad thing so often turns into a good thing. It's that whole "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" thing.
I had just been booked for my first Twin Cities Live appearance, and they asked me to create a recipe for Father's Day. I worked hard on a collision of beer and steak, making it four or five times until I had it perfected. Two days before the show the producer called and asked if I would mind if the host brought her daughter along to cook. I said that would be fine. Then they informed me that the daughter was 3 years old.
The night before the show the producer called me again and said, since I agreed to cook with the daughter, I can't use beer. "See ya tomorrow," she said. So with only a couple hours left it was back to the drawing board. I remembered seeing something about cooking with Coke at the State Fair and wondered if that would work. So off I went to the store for another round.
The moral of the story is that the steak turned out great, even better than with the beer marinade, and I've enjoyed a nice long relationship with Twin Cities Live. It has quickly become my most popular recipe, has been made all over the world, and even got me a spot on the Today show.
Here's the video of what happened on Today:
Here's the link to the video recipe.
So if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Otherwise Steve Schirripa will come and slap you, or something like that.
Rob Barrett, Jr.