Southern Cooking

Smoked Chicken Thighs with Alabama White Sauce

BBQ chicken is a worldwide tradition, but smoked BBQ chicken hails from the American south, and this dish is based on an unusual regional classic that belongs firmly to the state of Alabama. Dry-rubbed chicken is first marinated overnight. It then gets a low, slow smoke treatment, creating an exceptionally […]

Simple Barbecued Chicken

This is essentially the barbecued chicken that I ate at least once a week, all summer, as a child. It is simple, fast, and while I am sure I complained about it at the time, it is a great balance of tangy, sweet, charred, and just a little bit spicy. […]

Buttermilk Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich

There is something eminently satisfying about a fried chicken sandwich. Properly made, it is soft, crunchy, juicy, sweet, and sour all at once and is perfect for a summer night dinner with a few good friends and cold beers. This recipe brines the chicken in buttermilk, which helps break down […]

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

With Mardi gras coming up, it seems like a good time to post a recipe for Gumbo. Like pretty much any other kid who learned to cook in the 1980s, I learned a great deal from watching Cajun cooks like Paul Prudhomme and Justin Wilson on public television. Long before […]

Country Captain

As a child, my family spent holidays on Edisto Island in the low country of South Carolina. While many of our meals there consisted of nothing more than an enormous pile of boiled shrimp, potatoes, and corn, nearly every year my mother brought back at least one of the spiral […]