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Camp Brisket, 2015 version, a success!

The third Camp Brisket, held January 9-10, 2015, was attended by about 100 participants, speakers, and instructors all gathered to learn all they could about the king of Texas Barbecue, the brisket. The two-day program, co-sponsored by Foodways Texas and the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, featured demonstrations, panels, and taste tests allowing everyone to learn more about briskets. Here are photos from this year’s Camp Brisket showing a small sample of the activities that were held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the Beef… Read More →

Camp Brisket scheduled for January 9-10, 2015

The third Camp Brisket is scheduled for January 9-10, 2015 in College Station, Texas. This is a joint activity between the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University and Foodways Texas. The two-day event specializes in the brisket, the beef cut most closely associated with Texas barbecue, and the beef cut that is the most difficult to consistently prepare correctly. The workshop consists of cooking/smoking comparisons, overview of brisket anatomy and grades, and pitmaster panels. For registration details, go to Camp Brisket… Read More →

Fourth Barbecue Summer Camp held June 6-8, 2014

The very popular Foodways Texas Barbecue Summer Camp was held at the Rosenthal Meat Center at Texas A&M University on June 6-8, 2014. This is the fourth year of the camp, and about 60 participants from all walks of life, but with a common love for all things barbecue were in attendance this year. To start the morning, Marvin Bendele of Foodways Texas and Jeff Savell of the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science gave a welcome to everyone and led the class introductions of… Read More →

Anatomy of a cinder-block pit

Several years ago, my son-in-law, Thomas Larriviere and I built this cinder-block pit in my backyard so that we could host the whole-hog cooking demonstrations for the Texas Barbecue class and Barbecue Summer Camp. We have received many requests for how to build such a pit so here are some photos and tips for how we built this one. Cinder blocks are a great building tool for many things. I like to think of them as “adult Legos.” These blocks are 8 X 8 X 16 inches so… Read More →