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Making dips with World Harbors marinades

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I love using  World Harbors premade marinades when grilling steak or fish or making Beer Can Chicken, but was always frustrated when I had a shelf of half-used up bottles in the refrigerator. So I started to experiment and realized that World Harbors can also be turned into great dips! You don’t have to use their marinades straight from the bottle either. Instead you can combine them with low fat sour cream, Greek yogurt or my favorite tofu sour cream to make yummy and somewhat healthy dips.

My family and I tried the Maui Mountain Sweet ‘n’ Sour two ways – plain and with no fat lemon flavored yogurt on a 1:1 ratio – with our sweet potato fries. Hands down both dips were a hit with my family, so I encourage you to experiment with other flavors. For example:

  • Honey Dijon, Lemon Pepper or Italian would all be terrific with veggie sticks as a party snack. Again, combine the marinade with sour cream, yogurt, etc. for your guests!
  • Island Mango would be wonderful for French fries or sweet potato fries.
  • Just about any World Harbors marinades combined with yogurt or sour cream would go great with pretzels, too!

If you have children who are reluctant to eat their veggies, serve up your World Harbor dip alongside their dinner plates in small ramekins. Kids can use fondue forks, toothpicks, skewers or regular forks to dip their veggies in the marinades. I bet they’ll like it so much that they’ll ask for veggies and World Harbors dip during snack time!

Also, you can combine fruit flavored yogurt with a sweet marinade, like Island Mango, for a fun dip for apple slices, grapes, sliced strawberries, and so on.

Save money on World Harbors

World Harbors is offering a coupon on Facebook. Also, don’t forget to sign up for Mizkan’s Splash for Cash e-newsletter for a chance to win up to $600. (Mizkan is World Harbors parent company.) Even if you don’t win, you’ll receive a terrific e-newsletter filled with with recipes and tips using World Harbors marinades.

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Dry Rub

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You’ve heard of beer can chicken, right? You know, the recipe when you shove a can of beer up a chicken’s backside and grill it? Well, if you have a smoker, a few tools and World Harbors premade marinades, it’s even easier.

First, you need a smoker. I use a Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker. (You can read my smoker review here.) While you can simply use a beer can and perch your chicken on top, it’s so much easier to do some with a rack. I have two - Steven Raichlen Stainless-Steel Beer-Can Chicken Rack with Drip Pan and a KitchenAid BBQ Vertical Chicken Roaster. Both will hold the beer can in place so you don’t have to worry about the chicken getting knocked over.

Here’s what the chicken looks like on the racks (the two in the back). The one in the front is placed on top of the beer can, sans rack, and was propped up by one of the other chickens in our smoker.

Preparing Beer Can Chicken at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.comThe method I use is based on a recipe from the Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook. I have a lot of barbecue cookbooks, but this one’s my favorite especially since it was recommended by an English friend who learned how to smoke meat when he went to school in Austin.

Tip: Save the chicken carcass and skin to make stock. There’s nothing better than smoky chicken stock in soups and turkey stuffing!

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Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Dry Rub

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2 pound) whole chicken
  • 1/4 cup dry rub of your choice
  • 1 can beer
  • 3 cups World Harbors marinade

Directions

  1. Remove the giblets and rinse the chicken cavity.
  2. Season the chicken inside and out with the rub. Press the rub on to the skin, too. Allow to sit for at least an hour on the counter top.
  3. Open the beer and empty half of it into the smoker’s drip pan.
  4. Refill the can with your favorite World Harbors marinade. I like Italian Grill, but Maine's Own Lemon Pepper & Garlic is also a good choice.
  5. Shove the can into the chicken cavity, and place on your beer can roaster if you’re using one.
  6. Set up your smoker for indirect heat. Use wood chips, chunks or logs to set up a good level of smoke. (Electric smokers use pellets. I chose Jack Daniels Wood Pellets, but you can use hickory, apple, mesquite or other woods that go well with chicken.)
  7. Maintain a smoker temperature of between 225 and 275 degrees F. (I set my smoker for 250 degrees.)
  8. Set the chicken on the grill on the beer can base, and cook for three hours. If you don’t use a dripping pan full of beer and water to “steam” the chicken, baste with more World Harbors marinade every hour.
  9. When the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (about three to four hours), test for doneness by inserting a knife tip into the thickest part of the thigh. If the juices run clear, the chicken is done to medium. Note: the FDA recommends cooking to 185 degrees F. Many people find this overcooks and dries out the chicken, so use your best judgment.
  10. Remove the chicken and let sit for 20 minutes to let the juices “set.” Slice and serve.
Prep Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Total Time: 4 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1/2 pound per person

Save money and win with World Harbors

World Harbors is offering a $1 off coupon on Facebook. You can also enter World Harbors Golden Label Sweeps to win a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Finally, don’t forget to sign up for Mizkan’s Splash for Cash e-newsletter for a chance to win up to $600. (Mizkan is World Harbors parent company.) Even if you don’t win, you’ll receive a terrific e-newsletter filled with with recipes and tips.

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Seared Panko Encrusted Tuna on Black Rice

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It’s been over a month since I’ve been back from Hawaii. I still miss the food, especially the fish dishes. I bought two wonderful cookbooks to see if I could replicate some of the recipes, but so many Hawaiian ingredients aren’t available on the mainland or the dishes were too complicated for a quick weekday meal.

Instead, I’ve been using products like World Harbors marinades to help give me the taste of Hawaii without all the hassle. I’ve used World Harbors’ Island Mango and the Maui Mountain Sweet and Sour marinades when I’ve made Seared Panko Encrusted Tuna on Black Rice. They’re super easy to use and you can boil the marinade afterwards to create a dipping or drizzling sauce. All you need to do is marinade your tuna overnight or first thing in the morning before you leave from work. That evening, roll the marinated tuna steaks in panko Japanese-style breadcrumbs, grill and serve over rice. I used black rice, which I get at Costco, but you can use brown rice. Easy, quick, healthy and delicious!

If you’re gluten free, you can make bread crumbs from gluten free bread. Or be on the lookout for Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Panko or Aleia’s Gluten Free Panko. Toast the bread and chop it finely in a mini-food processor or blender. World Harbor marinades are not certified as gluten free, so check the label to make sure they’re right for you and your food sensitivities. The Island Mango doesn’t contain wheat, but the Maui Mountain Sweet and Sour one does.World Harbors marinades

World Harbors Golden Label Sweepstakes

World Harbors is hold two sweepstakes this year. First is their Golden Label Sweeps launched in retail stores today and runs through September 3, 2012. Six winning bottles will have a “golden label” in it. If you purchase one of those bottles, you’ll win an exotic vacation to either Maui, Fiji, Tahiti, Cabo, New England or a trip for a tropical cruise. You can find more about the sweepstakes on World Harbors Facebook page.

While you’re on the World Harbors Facebook page, say hi to dad blogger John Cave Osborne, who is “taking over” the page during the month of May. In June, Dad Centric will be taking over. So stop by and ask them a few cooking or grilling questions!

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Seared Panko Encrusted Tuna on Black Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle World Harbors marinade
  • 4 (6 ounce) tuna steaks
  • 1 cup black rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Directions

  1. Place tuna in a zipper lock baggie. Pour in entire bottle of marinade. Place bag in the refrigerator and marinate 5-10 hours or overnight.
  2. Cook rice as directed on package.
  3. Pour panko on to a large plate or cookie sheet.
  4. Remove tuna steaks from marinade and dredge (roll) in panko until covered.
  5. Grill steaks until golden on the outside and rare in the middle.
  6. Slice tuna at an angle and serve over rice.

To use marinade as a dipping or drizzling sauce:

  1. Pour used marinade it into a small sauce pan.
  2. Cook over high heat until marinade is at a rolling boil for 1 to 2 minutes.
Prep Time: 12 Hours
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 12 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4
  • Serving size: 1 (6 ounce) tuna steak)
 

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Fall grilling: Smoked Marinated Chicken

Fall grilling: Smoked Marinated Chicken at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com I just got an email reminder for my kids to place their online football picks for week 8. Week 8? Boy has football season gone quickly! Even so, it’s never too late (or too cold) to do some weekend grilling and barbecuing for the big game or a tailgate party.

Recently, I took advantage of our unseasonably-warm-for-Colorado weekend weather to cook up some chicken in our Masterbuilt electric smoker. It’s so easy to smoke a chicken that I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. (It probably has something to do with all that fish and venison in our freezer! Chicken’s a rare treat at my house.)

World Harbors marinades make smoking chicken easy

Using a premade marinade like those from World Harbors® makes the process even easier. This time around I used World Harbors Maui Mountain Teriyaki and World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour to marinate a couple of chickens. (You can use any variety you like!) Combined with the smoke from the sugar maple wood I used, both birds turned out moist and delicious. If you have a smoker or know how to smoke chicken using a grill, the process is easy.

This Mama’s tips

  • Since most smokers are large enough do two or more birds at once, take advantage of the situation and smoke extra chicken(s). Eat one immediately while you’re watching football. The extra chicken is great the next day in salads, sandwiches, stir fry or soups or reheated in the oven or microwave.
  • I like smoking fish (lake trout is wonderful) while I’m smoking the chicken. I place the fish under the chicken so the chicken fat drips on to the fish. Decadent!
  • If you want your chicken to cook even faster, try spatchcocking it!
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Smoked Marinated Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pound fryer)
  • 1 bottle of World Harbors marinade of your choice
  • 1 sealable plastic baggie

Directions

  1. Remove giblets, liver and neck from chicken. (Set aside to make stock.)
  2. Place whole chicken in plastic bag.
  3. Pour in entire bottle of World Harbors marinade.
  4. Add some water if necessary so marinade completely covers the chicken.
  5. Seal bag and set in refrigerator overnight or for 24 hours. Turn bag once to evenly marinate chicken about half way through the process.
  6. Heat your smoker to 235 degrees F and add your favorite bird-friendly wood (apple, sugar maple, etc.)
  7. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Place the chicken in the smoker, breast side down to start. After 1 1/2 to 2 hours, turn it over to finish.
  8. Cook the chicken until it reaches 160 degrees F. Make sure to check the temperature of chicken at the meatiest part of the breast between the bones.
  9. Remove the chicken from the smoker and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: 24 Hours
Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Total Time: 26 Hours
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1/2 pounds of meat per person

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

How to Marinate and Smoke Trout

How to Marinate and Smoke Trout at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com After camping at Stagecoach Lake near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we usually come home with a cooler full of lake trout. One of my favorite ways to prepare trout is to smoke it our Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. This recipe is good for any type of fresh water lake fish. Once you've tried smoked fish, you’ll never go back to grilling or baking it again!

What makes this method super easy is using World Harbors marinade, which I keep on hand just to make this dish. Last time I made this, I used World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour marinade, which gave the fish a sweet, citrusy flavor. However, several of the World Harbors other marinades, like the Australian Style Bar-B or Maine's Own Lemon Pepper & Garlic would also be delicious.

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How to Marinate and Smoke Trout

The leftover smoked trout is terrific the next day either cold in a salad or combined with mayo to make a sandwich spread.

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 medium to large trout, cleaned (You can leave head and tail on or remove.) .
  • 1 bottle your favorite World Harbors marinade

Directions

Marinating Trout

  1. Place cleaned trout in a large sealable plastic bag.
  2. Empty entire bottle of marinade over the fish into the bag.
  3. Seal bag and place fish in refrigerator for 8 to 10 hours up to 2 days.

Smoking Trout

  1. Set your smoker to 150 degrees and use a mild wood such as pecan, apple, oak or alder. I used apple with World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour marinade.
  2. Spray your smoker grate with a high temperature cooking spray. Lay the trout directly on the smoker grate. There should be enough space between your trout so the smoke can reach all parts of the fish.
  3. Let the fish smoke for 30 minutes at 150 degrees to dry the outside of the fish so that it can be firmer in the later stages of smoking.
  4. After 30 minutes raise the temperature to 225 degrees to finish the smoking process.
  5. Smoke until the fish reaches 145 degrees. If you go higher than this the fish will start to turn into fish jerky. Total cooking time usually takes 1 to 2 hours depending on size of your fish and how many you’re smoking at one time.
  6. To serve, remove skin, bones, head and tail and serve with slices of lemon.
Prep Time: 10 Hours
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Total Time: 13 Hours
Servings: Marinate enough fish to feed four people or have leftovers after feeding two.
  • Serving size: 1 fish per person

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

The World Harbors Capture Your Adventure Sweepstakes

BucBlendsBBQLow I wanted to let you know that until June 20, World Harbors is running a sweepstakes on their Facebook page to win an all-expenses paid trip to an exotic island along with a video camera so they can capture their adventure.

The destination will be selected by World Harbors. But you can see some hints on the World Harbors Facebook page, like:

Here's a hint for the location of our World Harbors Capture Your Adventure Sweepstakes: This is a place where the sun shines all day and where you'll hear the crash of waves on a beach...Any thoughts on where this might be?

Any idea? Maybe some of the names of their marinades or BBQ sauces will give you some clues!

Remember, you can enter once a day until June 20th. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.