I've had my CG for several weeks now, and tonight I finally got around to doing something from How to Grill. There was one recipie that I've heard alot about it but I had to taste it for myself: Beer-Can-Chicken (aka Beer-Butt-Chicken).
Awesome...totally awesome! Using Steven's basic BBQ rub, a can of Tecate, and some mountain mahogany for the smoking, this bird tasted like none other I have ever had. The skin was crispy, and the meat was oh so juicy with a nice light smoke flavor. I have never seen my son eat so much chicken (he's 3 and you know how pickey they can be). Next time though I think I will try using hickory or apple for smoking as I think the mahogany might be better suited for beef or game.
As a newbie to charcoal grilling, I felt it was a waste to not use all that good heat leftover after the chicken had finished. I had seen something about grilling pineapples in HTG and thought I would give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did! It was incredible. My wife does not like warm pineapple and I am not a huge fan of coconut but we both just loved it. After we gobbled up all the pineapple slices with dinner, we took the remaining juices from the pineapple and poured it over a scoop of ice cream that she & I shared...<sigh>
Ah the bliss of being in BBQ heaven....