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Bruce Aidells

  • Recipe

    Homemade Applewood-Smoked Bacon

    You won't believe how much better the flavor and texture of homemade bacon are compared to its store-bought counterpart. The process is simple: you brine a fresh pork belly to…

  • Recipe

    Margarita-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

    Tequila and fresh citrus are a great combo in margaritas and also with pork ribs. The tequila’s bite and the acidic orange and lime juices cut through the rich, fatty…

  • Recipe

    Five-Spice Grilled Chicken with Hoisin-Maple Glaze

    Chinese cooks have used five-spice powder and hoisin to flavor barbecued meat for centuries, and they’re really onto something: it gives this chicken a sweet, spicy, haunting flavor. Unless you’re…

  • Recipe

    Rib-Eye Steaks Rubbed with Coffee and Cocoa

    To match the steaks’ rich, beefy flavor, they're rubbed with a cocoa-espresso spice mix. It adds depth and a subtle bitter undertone that’s downright addictive.

  • Recipe

    Bacon Burgers with Bacon-Onion-Balsamic Jam

    We all know bacon on a burger is great; this recipe goes a step further and put the bacon in the burger. As if that's not bacon-y enough, the burgers…

  • Recipe

    Bourbon-and-Vanilla-Brined Pork Chops

    Bourbon has vanilla notes that pair well with smoky grilled pork; here it's enhanced further by the vanilla extract in the brine. For even more smoky flavor, throw some hardwood chips that have…

  • How-To

    Grilling Greats from a Grilling Great

    Meat guru and award-winning cookbook author Bruce Aidells shares his grilling secrets and best recipes for the top five grill classics: chicken, pork chops, steak, ribs, and of course, burgers.

  • Recipe

    Bison Burgers with Thousand Island Barbecue Dressing

    Bison (buffalo) meat is a great substitute for beef—it’s just as flavorful but much leaner. Take care not to overcook it, as it can dry out quickly.

  • Recipe

    Turkey Thighs Stuffed with Porcini, Sausage, and Artichoke Hearts

    Buy skin-on, bone-in thighs at the grocery store and remove the bones yourself—it’s as easy as boning chicken thighs. For more turkey recipes visit The Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner.

  • Recipe

    Roasted Turkey Breast, Porchetta Style

    This centerpiece dish starts with a boned whole turkey breast (do this yourself or ask the butcher to do it for you) or two boneless breast halves. It’s rubbed with a…