Soak wood chunks or chips in water for an hour or more. Build hot charcoal fire – so you can hold your hand 5 inches over coals for only 2-3 seconds and add wet wood chunks. Or heat gas grill to high and add a foil packet with wood chips. Put grate on grill and wait for fire to smoke. Lay clams on grill and put lid on. Peek at clams after 2 minutes, and remove any that have opened – try not to spill the juice out of the clams. Close grill and repeat peeking and removing open clams every 30 seconds or so. Discard any clams that refuse to open. Serve clams with a dash of Tabasco sauce, and a lot of crisp white wine or cold beer.
Grilled Clams with Bacon
After opened clams have been removed from grill, let cool for a minute or two. Remove top shell of clam. Add small piece of uncooked bacon to each clam. Put clams back on grill, and cook for just a minute or two. Remove and serve.
Grilled Clams with Cocktail Sauce
Remove cooked clams from grill, and let cool for a minute. Put 1 tsp of cocktail sauce in each clam (either store bought, or make your own by mixing ketchup, plenty of horseradish, lemon, and a few drops of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauce). Put clams back on the grill for two minutes, remove, and serve.
Courtesy of various members of B.A.R.S.