Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Video Play Icon Plus Icon Minus Icon Check Icon Print Icon Note Icon Heart Icon Filled Heart Icon Single Arrow Icon Double Arrow Icon Hamburger Icon TV Icon Close Icon Sorted Hamburger/Search Icon
Article

Behind the Kitchen Door: Bruce Aidells’s Outdoor Kitchen

Robyn Doyon-Aitken; Photos by Charles Miller, except where noted.
Save to Recipe Box
Print
Add Private Note
Saved Add to List

    Add to List

Print
Add Recipe Note

Text by Melissa Denchak and Charles Miller

Bruce Aidells is the man behind Aidells Sausage Company and the author of nearly a dozen books on poultry, pork, and beef (the latest is aptly named The Great Meat Cookbook; try out a few of the recipes here), so it should be no surprise that the outdoor kitchen where he does his grilling, smoking, and roasting is pretty spectacular.

When Bruce and his wife, Nancy Oakes, the chef-owner of the acclaimed restaurant Boulevard, in San Francisco, designed the open-air cooking area for their new house in 2004, they had two criteria in mind: It needed to serve as an extension of their indoor kitchen, which is just a few steps away, and function as a convenient space for working, cooking, and entertaining.

A built-in gas grill, wood-fired pizza oven, and custom-made concrete countertop anchor the space, which overlooks the rolling hills of Healdsburg, California.

In this audio slideshow, Bruce takes us on a tour of his outdoor kitchen and shares his thoughts on its design, along with plenty of takeaways for any outdoor kitchen, on any scale.

Giveaway

Update: This giveaway has closed and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who participated.
While you don’t need a grill master’s tools to grill like a master, it sure helps. For our latest giveaway, we’re offering up Bruce’s favorite grill gear featured in the June/July 2012 issue. 

See the Inside

To learn more about Bruce and Nancy’s home, read Channeling the Greene Brothers, and to tour the inside, watch the slideshow A Greene & Greene-Style Masterpiece on FineHomebuilding.com.

Get Bruce’s Recipes
Bacon Burgers with Bacon-Onion-Balsamic Jam Five-Spice Grilled Chicken with Hoisin-Maple Glaze Rib-Eye Steaks Rubbed with Coffee and Cocoa
Bacon Burgers with Bacon-Onion-Balsamic Jam   Five-Spice Grilled Chicken with Hoisin-Maple Glaze   Rib-Eye Steaks Rubbed with Coffee and Cocoa
Bourbon-and-Vanilla-Brined Pork Chops Margarita-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Rib-Eye Steaks Marinated with Fennel and Rosemary
Bourbon-and-Vanilla-Brined Pork Chops   Margarita-Glazed Baby Back Ribs   Rib-Eye Steaks Marinated with Fennel and Rosemary

Comments

Leave a Comment

Comments

  • edenbon | 05/29/2012

    I love the combination of beauty and practicality of your outdoor kitchen. When I build my dreamhome I'm definitely going to steal some idea.
    The tools in your article are sensible choices.

  • user-408614 | 05/29/2012

    These will make a wonderful birthday present for my husband.

  • mbhunt | 05/29/2012

    Oh. I'm. Speechless! I have concrete countertops in my kitchen and LOVE them. This is such a helpful kitchen tour! I'd love to win.

  • dgari1 | 05/29/2012

    The right tools for the job! So true... and I could use them!

Show More

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Delicious Dish

Find the inspiration you crave for your love of cooking

Fine Cooking Magazine

Subscribe today
and save up to 44%

Already a subscriber? Log in.

Video

View All

Season 4 Extras

Bonus Scene: Bee Farm in Greenough, Montana

Montana's wall-to-wall grass and wildflowers make it the perfect place to raise bees and harvest honey. In this extended scene from Season 4's Greenough, Montana, episode, we visit beekeeper Sam…

View all Moveable Feast recipes and video extras

Connect

Follow Fine Cooking on your favorite social networks