|40 lb bag of Mesquite Charcoal|
This is an exerpt from their website: "Mesquite charcoal last longer because it is 100 % charred wood. This not only enhances the flavor of your food, it makes mesquite a healthier alternative than briquettes. Mesquite charcoal is an all natural fuel, while Briquettes contain waste material, petroleum additives and binders, all of which affect the flavor of your grilled meal."
I used it on Easter to cook a spiral ham in one of our dutch ovens. It is the large, chunk (aka lump) charcoal...not briquettes. I placed a few large chunks between a newspaper and hit it with my hammer to break it up into smaller pieces. Then I picked up the newspaper, using it as a tray, and dumped the smashed up charcoal into my chimney starter.
Using the same method as normal briquettes (wadded up newspaper crammed up under the chimney starter), I got this charcoal to light up just like normal charcoal. I put about 3-4 medium size chunks under the dutch oven and 5-6 on the lid. The only size comparison (for the charcoal chunks) I can think of right now is about the size of an egg.
The ham was delicious and the charcoal worked great. Get it cheap while you can and stock up. I see it is also advertised online at CostCo. If you want to know more about lump charcoal, visit this link.
Update 5-22-11: This same bag is now $14.xx at the same Walmart. Hellooooo hyperinflation!