so glad it worked out for you, thanks for the feedback!
for chicken, I like garlic powder and kosher salt on the skin... keeps it crispy and flavorful.
I agree with you about mesquite, great flavor but it can easily overpower all the other flavor profiles of the meat, marinades and rubs.
My brother once left behind some pecan chips for me and I have never looked back !
I use mesquite wood or charcoal for grilling (hot heat for sure) , and pecan for smoking.