Some of you may have seen this old thread where Dean fourunder and I discuss different ways to slow cook corned beef: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838041
I've asked our learned friend a question there and thought I solicit more thoughts. Here's the text of the question (for more context, please follow the link):
"Well, for my Mom's birthday (which is a week or so after her sister's), I'm having a little dinner party for some of her family. Since it's on the Seventeenth, I figured I'd bust out my barbecued corned beef. My wife was thrilled.
I told Mom what I had in mind, but she seemed to only hear "corned beef and cabbage" the way she had been eatin' and makin' it for oh so many years. I got a call the next day. "Um, you're Aunt and I just sorta thought, um, I mean, we kinda just don't know if you should waste your cooking on corned beef and cabbage. . . . If that's OK?" Though flattered, I found it pretty damned funny.
So, now, my conundrum. Do I do some funky barbecue inspired riff using the offset to do the CB? Maybe grilled cabbage slaw? A potato they would not expect? Maybe throw in some U-10 shrimp as an appetizer to make the old girls think it's special? Funny indeed!"
Any of you have any clever ideas, recipes, etc., that might help me make a cool St Patty's/Birthday party to turn the tradition on its head?