Category Archives: Barbecue Genius Counter

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 →

Texas A&M University a sponsor at TMBBQ FEST 2016

For the sixth year in a row, Texas A&M University will be one of the sponsors of the TMBBQ FEST 2016 on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Faculty and students will be in attendance at the festival meeting and greeting people who are interested in knowing more about the art and science of barbecue. The event also will give us a chance to visit with the pit masters who be sharing the wonderful food they will be preparing for the large group of participants. Here are some photos from… Read More →

Aggies participate in The Woodlands BBQ Festival, September 25, 2016

The Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University was honored to be asked to participate in The Woodlands BBQ Festival on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Faculty members Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell along with grad students, Katy Jo Nickelson, Adam Murray, Jill Jobe, and Spencer Tindel, and seniors, Erika Victor, Marc Vogelsang, Madalynn Kainer, and Taylor Rowland traveled to the festival to make new and renew old acquaintances with the folks in the Texas barbecue business, and to visit and share knowledge with the participants at… Read More →

Aggies participate in Houston BBQ Festival, 2016 version

We participated in the 4th Houston BBQ Festival, which was held in the NRG Park area in Houston on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Those in attendance from Texas A&M University were Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Katy Jo Nickelson, Adam Murray, Taylor Rowland, and McKensie Harris, and we have been fortunate to have been at each of the festivals held to date. We enjoy going to the festival each year to talk to folks about Texas Barbecue and to see so many of the pitmasters we have gotten to… Read More →

Aggies participate in TMBBQ FEST 2015

For the fifth year in a row, Texas A&M University was one of the sponsors of the TMBBQ Fest 2015, and Texas Barbecue faculty and students were in attendance at the festival on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in Austin. The Texas A&M University team included Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Jeff Savell, Jennifer Willis, Taylor Rowland, Julia Rauschuber, Marc Vogelsang, and John Chivvis. Jennifer, Taylor, Julia, and Marc are part of our Jazzy Juniors and Snazzy Seniors who have taken ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue as freshmen and who now… Read More →

Brief brisket primer held for SEC Government Relations Conference

Texas A&M University hosted the SEC Government Relations Conference this past week, and Davey Griffin and I were asked to provide some smoked brisket for the meal as part of a brief program on Texas Barbecue and key steps in purchasing and preparing briskets. We had one brisket to demonstrate trimming and seasoning, and we had four cooked briskets to sample. We used Prime briskets seasoned with kosher salt and pepper (half and half) for the event. We told the participants about ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, Barbecue Summer… 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 →

GE BBQ Research Center Heats Up SXSW with the World’s Smartest Super Smoker | Austin Food Magazine

Note: Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, Meat Science Section, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, are participating in this event. Hayden Walker, Editor in Chief of Austin Food Magazine and the Director and Creator of Texas Food Crawlers Guests to experience world class research & development, exploring how science innovation and data can influence the future taste of BBQ Why Is GE Breaking Out the Science of BBQ?​ For more than 100 years, GE Global Research has been the cornerstone of innovation for GE. It was the first… Read More →

Aggies participate in TMBBQ FEST 2014

For the fourth year in a row, Texas A&M University was one of the sponsors of the TMBBQ Fest, and Texas Barbecue faculty and students were in attendance at the festival on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Austin. The Texas A&M University team included Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Jeff Savell, Blythe Schultz, Kaitlyn Porter, Hillary Henderson, Michael Berto, and John Chivvis. Our booth has been dubbed the Barbecue Genius Counter, mimicking the Apple Genius Bar concept where people can get their questions answered. But we find our group… Read More →

Cooking Up Culture | Institute of Texan Cultures

SAN ANTONIO – Barbecue is synonymous with Texan culture. It’s a food that defines a regional flavor and style. In a way, it’s a culture all its own. To prepare for the summer barbecue season, the Institute of Texan Cultures is offering a 21+ event, with free admission, 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, May 2, 2014. Like any good barbecue, “Cooking up Culture” is gathering some great company. The Pure Texan Barbecue Company is taking care of the food, while the Barley Blacksmith and Alamo Beer Company are… Read More →