Category Archives: ANSC 117 Texas Barbecue

Aggies participate in TMBBQ FEST 2016

Faculty and students of the Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University participated in the TMBBQ FEST 2016 held at the Long Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Texas A&M University is a sponsor of the TMBBQ FEST 2016, making it the sixth year for our participation in this event. Faculty members Davey Griffin, Jeff Savell, and John Chivvis were joined by graduate students Adam Murray, Katy Jo Nickelson, and Spencer Tindel, and undergraduate students Carley Armstrong, Madalynn Kainer, Kadden Kothmann, Kenzie Lackey, Kathleen Meredith,… Read More →

Upperclass, graduate students provide leadership for ANSC 117

The purpose of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue is to help freshmen learn about and enjoy some great food each Friday, make new friends and find lifelong mentors, and have a nurturing place to be at the end of a busy and stressful week. This is greatly enhanced by the graduate students, seniors, and juniors who provide leadership for the class each year. There is no way that Ray Riley or I could teach this class without these wonderful students. The Texas Barbecue teaching assistants provide assistance with the weekly… Read More →

Savell writes foreword for Robb Walsh’s new edition of “Legends of Texas Barbecue”

What a great honor it was when Robb Walsh asked me to write the foreword to the latest edition of the “Legends of Texas Barbecue!” Buying Robb’s book in the mid-2000s and meeting Robb later in the decade set in motion so many activities from the establishment of ANSC 117, “Texas Barbecue,” help with founding Foodways Texas, and hosting the wildly popular Barbecue Summer Camp and Camp Brisket at Texas A&M University. My love of barbecue before all of this was centered mostly on eating it, but I… Read More →

Texas Barbecue at the head of the class | MEAT+POULTRY

Note: Thanks for Bob Sims at Meat + Poultry magazine for the wonderful article Sometime in the mid-2000s, Jeff Savell began to leaf through the only book at a Harry and David’s while he and his wife, Jackie, were shopping. The book, “Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook,” by Robb Walsh, interested Savell and he bought it. “I read through it and enjoyed the recipes, as well as the stories that Robb wrote,” Savell says. “I didn’t think anything about it, put it on a shelf and kind of… Read More →

Goodbye to Snazzy Seniors!

The last class in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue this semester was a time to say goodbye to four very important people, this year’s Snazzy Seniors — Jennifer Willis, Katy Jo Nickelson, Stephanie Lastovica, and Marc Vogelsang. These four students have been involved with the Texas Barbecue class since they first took it as freshmen and then as teaching assistants as Super Sophomores and Jazzy Juniors before their senior year. We know of no other opportunity for students to have a four-year college experience such as this, and we… Read More →

Whole pig cookery last class in ANSC 117

The 2015 version of the ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue class came to the end on December 4th with the traditional whole pig cookery at our home. We roasted the pig in the cinder-block pit in our backyard. We purchased a 75-pound pig to roast, and it was injected with about a 20% by weight brine solution (salt, sugar, and water) overnight before cooking the next day. The pig was put in the cinder-block pit around 7:00 AM and was cooked until 4:30 PM before it was pulled out… Read More →

Turkey frying in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue

By Kathleen Meredith The dropping temperature and leaves changing color mean that the holidays are right around the corner. Dr. Davey Griffin and Ray Riley prepared smoked, rotisserie and fried turkeys for ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue on November 20, 2015 in the spirit of the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. Frying turkeys A trick to ensuring the right amount of oil is used when frying a turkey is to place the bird into the pan and use water to identify a maximum level. Once a marker is set, the bird… Read More →

World Champion Chuck Wagon competitor visits Texas A&M University

Homer Robertson from Granbury, Texas and multiple World Champion Chuck Wagon competition winner, brought his chuck wagon to Texas A&M University on Friday and Saturday, November 13 to 14, 2015. The purpose of Mr. Robertson’s visit was to demonstrate chuck wagon cooking to the ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue class and to feed faculty and students who came by during the two days. The Meat Science Section faculty and students were feed beef tips, bread, and bread pudding for lunch on Friday, and the Meat Judging Team was fed… Read More →

Brazilian barbecue day in ANSC 117

One of the most popular days in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue is when Dr. Flavio Ribeiro comes to prepare Brazilian barbecue for the class. Dr. Ribeiro, a native of Brazil, is one of our formers students and is a faculty member at Prairie View A&M University. Everyone enjoys his lecture about Brazil and its culture and the great food he prepares each time he comes. Here are summaries of the Brazilian classes in 2014 and 2013. Brazilian barbecue is all about the meat, how it is cooked over… Read More →

Beef tri-tips prepared for Texas Barbecue class

Each year in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, we spend one class discussing cuts of beef other than the brisket that can be used for smoking/barbecuing. Since we have had Crystal Waters, a native of California and a Ph.D. student with us in our program, we have featured beef tri-tips and let her help prepare them and talk about the importance of tri-tips for folks in California. Crystal told the class how tri-tips became so popular in California because of their ease of preparation and how great they are… Read More →