My son just turned 23. Instead of someone cooking for him, he chose to cook for his friends.
He smoked 2 pork butts, 2 racks of ribs, grilled chicken wings, hot links and hamburgers. He also made potato salad, coleslaw, salsa and macaroni and cheese casserole. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. I tried to give him some directional assistance, but he wanted to do this all himself.
His Own Recipe For Mac and Cheese
Potato Salad (His Recipe)
Smoked Spare Ribs St Louis cut
He learned most of this by watching me, participating with Four Q BBQ Team at two competitions and experience gained as a Navy cook and currently as a student at the Culinary Institute of America.
Not bad for a first attempt at backyard BBQ'ing on his own.