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Behind the Kitchen Door: Bruce Aidells's Outdoor Kitchen

Video Length: 5:45
Produced by: Robyn Doyon-Aitken; Photos by Charles Miller, except where noted.

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
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Comments (11)

Bancha writes: Beautiful! We're starting to plan a future remodel and are considering many similar elements, although we have Minnesota winters to contend with. Thanks for the added inspiration! Posted: 5:18 pm on June 6th

WildeGrainz writes: That is truly the ultimate dream house. I love all the clever ways that incorporate concrete with river stone...nice and practical while visually appealing! Our Calgary clime can be quite harsh come winter but I still love to grill. Posted: 3:20 pm on May 30th

vsdale03 writes: That is a fabulous outdoor kitchen. It would work well in Washington state as that is where I am from, and we get lots of rain. I love the idea of the cement counter, that would last a long time here.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen and house.
Posted: 10:14 am on May 30th

RDA writes: Hey FC (and Bruce) fans,
Indeed, post here to leave a comment about Bruce’s outdoor kitchen, but visit the giveaway post to enter to win the prize pack of grill tools: http://www.finecooking.com/item/43037/win-bruce-aidellss-must-have-grill-tools. We’re trying to keep all the entries in one place. Thanks!
Posted: 3:38 pm on May 29th

edenbon writes: 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. Posted: 2:03 pm on May 29th

user-408614 writes: These will make a wonderful birthday present for my husband. Posted: 12:38 pm on May 29th

mbhunt writes: 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. Posted: 12:11 pm on May 29th

dgari1 writes: The right tools for the job! So true... and I could use them!
Posted: 11:52 am on May 29th

jentlewolf writes: I'm fortunate enough to be able to grill outside all year, since I'm in South Florida. Posted: 11:49 am on May 29th

mona2658 writes: Since I am new to grilling, all of the tools would be more than useful! I could readily make use of the grill basket due to the fact I've had more than a few mishaps when attempting to grill vegetables!! I hope I win!!!! Posted: 6:04 am on May 29th

marties8 writes: What a BEAUTIFUL house!!!!! Great outdoor kitchen space....love the river rock!!! Posted: 6:06 pm on May 17th

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