I love this time of year for grilling. The severe heat of the summer is beginning to wane, and the nights seem just a little more tolerable. No time like the present to stand over a hot flame grilling a big hunk of artichoke.
There is no demure way to eat these. You must use your hands. Most people pick each leaf off, dip it in butter, and eat the heart last. I like to flip the script. I pull out the heart, dunk it in butter, and eat it first. It is the best part. Then I take 5 or 6 leaves at a time and bite the tender ends off of them. The whole thing is smoky, meaty, rich and wonderful.
Serves 2-4 depending on hunger levels/greediness.)