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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.

 

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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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