Such visits also mean great food. While I was there, I got to enjoy fresh garden salads brimming with pea shoots, grilled salmon with teriyaki sauce, smoked sausage and toast with homemade blueberry-rhubarb jam and more. We work hard, laugh often and eat well. It's a good way to live.
The next day, the charcoal was started and a good bed of hot coals was formed and the soaked wood was added and allowed to slowly smoke. A pan of water was placed over the coals and the wire rack, complete with two large (about 6 pounds, each) prepped chickens. Then we went about our day. Lilacs were pruned, dogs were spoiled, laughter was shared. And, hours later, two beautiful smoked chickens were ready to be shared as well! We rounded out our meal with homemade potato salad and fruit salad. And it was every bit as fantastic as you might think it would be.