Category Archives: ANSC 117 Texas Barbecue

Slicing briskets in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue

This was brisket week in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, and the emphasis was placed on teaching students about the anatomy of a brisket and how to slice them. Brisket terms such as point and flats and moist and lean were discussed, and students were shown about the proper use of large slicing knives to cut the briskets. The briskets were cooked overnight on an offset pit and were brought up to the Rosenthal Meat Center for class. Back in my happy place at #TAMUBBQ @AgRiley79 @jsavell @tamudgriff pic.twitter.com/9fQEmEdIMZ… Read More →

Chicken week in ANSC 117 Texas Barbecue

This week’s ANSC 117 Texas Barbecue class focused on chicken. Chicken is one of the easiest meats to cook, and careful attention to preparation and cooking will result in a great eating experience. Ray Riley led the class discussion and covered the different types of preparation most commonly used when barbecuing chicken. Ray recommended purchasing whole fryers, which are versatile in how they can be prepared. He showed how to take a whole fryer and convert it to a butterflied chicken by removing the backbone and breast bone… Read More →

Seventh year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, underway

2015 marks the seventh year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue. The class has had many different prefixes, but the course name has been the same, and the purpose of the class has never wavered: to help freshmen make the difficult transition from high school to college, to know that each week they will learn about Texas Barbecue and will enjoy a great meal, and they will interact with faculty and students who care about their success and will serve as mentors to them during and after the class…. Read More →

Upperclass students provide leadership in ANSC 117

Two groups of students who provide outstanding leadership each year for the ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue class are the Jazzy Juniors and the Snazzy Seniors. These nicknames have been carried on over the years after the first group of Super Sophomores stayed on to continue to help out with the class, and some catchy names had to be devised to differentiate the three distinct groups. The 2015 Super Sophomores were introduced on the first day of ANSC 117 and received their Texas Barbecue polos. Introductions also were made… Read More →

ANSC 117 class adds Super Sophomores

The seventh year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, kicked off on Friday, September 4, 2015 for new class of 27 freshmen. As has been the tradition since the second year of this class, a group of students who took the class as freshmen return to help as teaching assistants working in set up, cooking, and clean up, but most importantly, as valuable mentors to this year’s freshmen regarding making it at Texas A&M University. The Super Sophomores this year are Carley Armstrong, Colton Bausch, Abby Chrz, Terrica Green,… Read More →

BBQ 101 with The Professor of Meat Science | the CAMBRO blog

Note: Wonderful article from the folks at Cambro. JWS Summer is upon us and BBQ season is here. However, in Texas, BBQ’ing is a year-round activity because the weather is always ‘hot or damned hot,’ as Jeff Savell explains. Despite his title (University Distinguished Professor, Meat Science and EM “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science, Texas A&M) and the impressive 2 page-long list of accolades and awards in his field, Dr. Savell (yes, he has a PhD in Animal Science!) humbly insisted he be simply addressed, as Jeff. So what,… Read More →

Texas Barbecue demonstration for Texas A&M University System Spouse’s Day

Texas A&M AgriLife hosted the spouses of various Texas A&M University System leaders who were in town for the Board of Regents meeting for an event that featured several programs within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. Davey Griffin and I were asked to represent the Texas Barbecue effort in the Department of Animal Science to include ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, Camp Brisket, and Barbecue Summer Camp. We cooked two briskets for lunch, and using a raw brisket, demonstrated trimming and seasoning… Read More →

Aggies participate in Houston Barbecue Festival, 2015 version

We participated in the 3rd Houston Barbecue Festival, which was held in the NRG Park area in Houston on Sunday, April 26, 2015. It is the third year that we took the BBQ Genius Counter to set up, and Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Katy Jo Nickelson, Jennifer Willis, and Jeff Savell made the trip to visit with folks about Texas Barbecue and to see so many of the pitmasters we have gotten to know through festivals and camps and to make some new acquaintances with those we have… Read More →

Whole hog cooking in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue

For the sixth year in a row, we finished ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue by cooking a whole pig at the Savell home (here is last year’s post). We used the cinder-block pit located in the backyard, and once again, it performed well with a minimum of wood required to cook the pig. Just like last year, we obtained a smaller pig (around 70 pounds) so that we did not have to worry about a long cooking time. I believe that we will continue to cook whole pigs around… Read More →

ANSC 117 Brazilian barbecue, 2014 version

Once again, Dr. Flavio Ribeiro, a native of Brazil, a former graduate student in the Department of Animal Science, and current faculty member at Prairie View A&M University, came to ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue to teach the students something about Brazil and the very popular Brazilian style of barbecue. The Brazilian barbecue class always is a hit with our students, and wonderful beef was served to all. The Brazilian style of cooking is very simple: meat, coarse sea salt, and fire/smoke. As usual, pictures are better than words,… Read More →