Meredith on May 30, 2007 at 1:31 pm This is probably not as strange as it sounds. There are actually quite a few recipes that use soda pop to flavor meat. In the south, it is quite common to soak a salt cured ham in coca cola. It takes away a lot of the salt and gives it a pleasant spicy sweet taste. That said, the fact that Dr. Pepper gave its name to this product is strange!