Author Archives: Jeff Savell

Texas Monthly BBQ FEST 2019

One of the benefits of conducting the Texas Monthly ‘Cue Course is to attend the BBQ FEST to visit with old and new friends in the barbecue business, see current and former students, and to eat some of the greatest food around. Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Brogan Horton, and Jeff Savell represented the Department of Animal Science of Texas A&M University at the BBQ FEST on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Below are some photos of the great people we got to spend our day with.  

Aggies participate in Texas Monthly ‘Cue Course

Davey Griffin, Brogan Horton, and Jeff Savell joined Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor, Daniel Vaughn, at the Texas Monthly ‘Cue Course, held on November 2, 2019. This is the third ‘Cue Course offered by Texas Monthly. The event was hosted by Stiles Switch BBQ, Austin, Texas, which served a wonderful meal to the participants and allowed a behind-the-scenes look at the the pits and pitmasters at work. General topics of this year’s ‘Cue Course included brisket grades and anatomy, a discussion of beef short ribs and back ribs, and… Read More →

Anderson, Cutrer highlight Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting, December 9, 2019

The Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting, a one-day event dedicated to those involved in the commercial barbecue business, will be held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas on Monday, December 9, 2019. This meeting will be hosted by the Meat Science program of the Department of Animal Science and will be held in the Kleberg Animal and Food Science Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center. “This is the sixth year for the Town Hall meeting. We have had great turnouts at our previous meetings, and we look forward to hosting this event again… Read More →

Texas Barbecue program participates in RELLIS Festival & Open House

Faculty and students involved in the Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University participated in the RELLIS Festival & Open House on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell were joined by graduate student, Brogan Horton, and undergraduates, Bailey Carwile, Luis Erazo, Ashley Fuqua, Kaylee Greiner, Jazmin Guerra, Sterling Pieniazek, Brittany Shipp, Wilsey Wendler, Grant Weston, and Haley Wilkins. These students work with ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, the first-year seminar for freshmen. The Texas Barbecue booth was part of the Texas A&M AgriLife exhibits… Read More →

ANSC 117 Texas Barbecue lectures for 2019

Ray Riley, Brogan Horton, and I are happy to be working with this year’s ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue class. Here is the list of the lectures for this fall:    

As brisket grows in popularity, prices reach all-time highs | AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION — Barbecue season is upon us, and as the demand for brisket soars, so does the price. “These prices have really skyrocketed, and this is a demand-driven phenomenon,” said Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist in College Station. “What used to be a very inexpensive cut, the primal brisket is now only behind the primal rib and loin in value,” Anderson said. “In the last week of May, the comprehensive cutout brisket value was $213.47 per hundredweight, up 19.4% from the same… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2019 edition

The Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Program of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, was held on Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th, 2019. 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 tenth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011, and two of them held in 2016. Introductions to… Read More →

Aggies participate in seventh Houston BBQ Festival

A group of Aggies involved in the Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University participated in the 7th Houston BBQ Festival, which was held in the Humble Civic Center Arena in Humble, Texas on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Those in attendance from Texas A&M University were faculty Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and students Anahi Arredondo, Bailey Carwile, Jazmin Guerra, Eric Hamilton, Natalie Hoelscher, Brogan Horton, Devon King, Kenzie Lackey, Steven Mancillas, and Menzi Spiller. We enjoy going to the festival each year to talk to folks… Read More →

Camp Brisket, 2019 edition

The seventh 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 4-5, 2019 at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the Beef Cattle Center at the O.D. Butler Animal Science Complex. About 70 participants from around the U.S., United Kingdom, and New Zealand embarked on a journey to learn more about the ultimate challenge preparing that most difficult dish of Texas Barbecue cuisine, the brisket. This year’s Camp Brisket was coordinated by Texas A&M University meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray… Read More →

Fifth Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting held

Owners/operators and pitmasters from some of the leading barbecue restaurants throughout Texas participated in the fifth Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting, which was held at the AgriLife Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center on Monday, December 10, 2018. About 50 people were in attendance, and participants received updates on livestock and meat markets for beef, pork, chicken, and turkey by David Anderson, professor and extension economist, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, key learnings from his years as Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor by Daniel Vaughn, and a… Read More →