The BBQ Bible was written by Steven Raichlen...Author of several cook books on BBQ.
I think it's quite a novel idea...Probably something he picked up in his travels...I've never placed meat directly on the coals, but I cook over wood coals frequently. You're right...The flavor is wonderful...It's awesome....It's BBQ at it's best!
There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.
Kool-Aid...Think Before You Drink