Today was just one of those days.

It was dark, gray, and gloomy all day long.

I spent hours working on some web stuff for a new site that should have taken minutes.  Nothing was cooperating.

When I finally got things working, it was past time to start dinner.

I had decided on grilled chicken tonight.  It has been a while since I used the grill, and tonight it was calling to me.

I bought a beautiful whole organic chicken.

(For those of you out there who claim there is no difference in taste between an organic chicken and one of those national-brand things, I have to seriously disagree. There’s a big difference.)

But I digress…

I made a dry rub of :

  • pico de gallo seasoning
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • smoked paprika
  • celery seed
  • garlic powder
  • boonie pepper
  • salt
  • pepper

and liberally applied it early in the afternoon.  By 5pm, it was ready to hit the grill.

I preheated the grill, then turned off the middle burners and placed the chicken – leaving the two end burners lit.

Into the kitchen I went to double-bake a big ol’ sweet potato.

I baked the potato, scooped out the goodies, mixed it with a pat of butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, and some S&P.  Back into the potato and back into the oven.

After about 15 minutes on the grill, I went out to check.

Blazing fire.

As in a big ol’ blazing charred-almost-beyond-recognition-fire.

I was not amused.

Did I mention I was having a day?!?

I put out the flames, did a bit of rearranging on the grill, and finished them. I figured they would still be moderately edible

Not amused.

When I brought then into the light, though, I found they weren’t quite as bad as I had envisioned.  The dark, gray, and gloomy outside did make them seem worse than they were.

So onto the plate they went, along with a twice-baked sweet potato and some baby broccoli.

The chicken was actually pretty awesome!  Tender, juicy, spicy,  perfect smoky flavor…  If I hadn’t known I had screwed up in the beginning, I would have sworn I planned it this way!

And the web-stuff is working, too!