Category Archives: Camp Brisket

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 →

Next Camp Brisket scheduled for January 6-7, 2017

The next Camp Brisket, sponsored by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, is scheduled for January 6-7, 2017. Camp Brisket is a two-day program that concentrates solely on that quintessential part of Texas Barbecue, the brisket, and the challenges faced with proper selection, trimming, seasoning, smoking, and serving. Camp Brisket is held on the campus of Texas A&M University at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the O.D. Butler Animal Science Complex. Registration for Camp Brisket will be available on the Foodways Texas website ( sometime in… Read More →

Camp Brisket | Foodways Texas

While Barbecue Summer Camp takes a broad approach to barbecue cookery and culture in Texas and beyond, Camp Brisket focuses on that quintessential Texas smoked meat, the humble brisket, covering topics such as grades/types of beef, types of smokers, wrapping or not wrapping the brisket, and much more. Attendees will receive direction from professors in the Meat Science Section at Texas A&M, as well as hear from pitmasters from around the state of Texas regarding some of their basic techniques. Programming schedule coming soon. **Ticket drawing will take place on August 4th,… 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 →

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 →

Opening the lid on Camp Brisket, one of Texas barbecue’s most exclusive events | GuideLive

Sarah Blaskovich, GuideLive, Tell any barbecue enthusiast you’ve spent two days at Camp Brisket at Texas A&M University, and the reaction will be unanimous: Take me with you next time. If only it were so easy.The $495 class last month sold out online via Foodways Texas in 10 seconds. The yearly event has gotten so popular since it started in 2013 that folks from nearly every corner of the U.S. – Seattle, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Buffalo, N.Y., and many points in between – traveled to College… Read More →

11 brisket secrets for at-home barbecue enthusiasts | GuideLive

Sarah Blaskovich, GuideLive This is not a brisket recipe. You can find thousands of those online and in cookbooks, and each of them will give you guidelines as to how to spend a dozen or so hours smoking a fatty hunk of meat. Instead, these are brisket tips from some of the Lone Star State’s most knowledgeable brisket cookers. They shared their secrets during Camp Brisket, a two-day intensive workshop for 60 beef-obsessed people. (For more on Camp Brisket, click here.) “The barbecue tradition is taking meat… Read More →

Camp Brisket, 2016 edition

The fourth Camp Brisket, a joint venture between Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on January 8-9, 2016 at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the Beef Cattle Center at the O.D. Butler Animal Science Complex. Participants from around the U.S. embarked on a journey to learn more about the ultimate challenge preparing that most difficult dish of Texas Barbecue cuisine, the brisket. Camp Brisket was coordinated by Texas A&M University meat science educators, Davey Griffin,… 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 →