Category Archives: Barbecue Summer Camp

Barbecue Summer Camp, June 2017 version, photo and summary wrap up

Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on Friday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 4th, 2017.  The camp is coordinated by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell. Activities were held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and O.D. Butler Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Extension Complex.  This was the eighth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011. Note: Kelly Yandall  (@kellyyandell) a member of the Foodways Texas Board of… Read More →

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 →

Barbecue Summer Camp, July 2016 version, photo and summary wrap up

The Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on Friday, July 22th through Sunday, July 24th, 2016. The camp is coordinated by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and activities were held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and O.D. Butler Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Extension Complex. This was the seventh Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011. An earlier camp was held in June, 2016 to… 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 →

Barbecue Summer Camp, June 2016 version, photo and summary wrap up

The Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on Friday, June 10th through Sunday, June 12th, 2016. The camp is coordinated by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and activities were held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and O.D. Butler Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Extension Complex. This was the sixth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011. Because of the high demand for these camps, a second camp for the year will… 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 →

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 →

Importance of seasoned wood for smoking barbecue

Using properly seasoned wood to smoke barbecue is one of the keys to having great flavored meat. As a long-time contributor to the “Wood and Smoke” panels for the Foodways Texas Barbecue Summer Camp and Camp Brisket, Dr. Nick Nickelson of Fort Worth brings years of experience and technical knowledge to the subject of wood and smoke, and he always adds so much to the discussion of all things barbecue. One of the points that Dr. Nick makes is that it is important to use seasoned wood when… 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 →