Preparation / Directions:
Prepare a wood or charcoal fire. Combine the olive oil, salt, thyme, lemon slices and garlic cloves with 1 quart of water to form a light brine. Bring to a boil, then return to a gentle simmer.
Prepare the artichokes by peeling away the outer leaves and trimming the bottom stems and tops. Simmer the artichokes slowly in the light brine about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain the artichokes and spray or brush with olive oil when they have cooled slightly.
Open the leaves and press the artichokes on a hot grill. When they are browned, remove and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt, and serve.