Author Archives: Jeff Savell

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2018 edition

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 8th through Sunday, June 10th, 2018. 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 ninth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011. Pre-camp dinner at Kreuz Market, Bryan On Thursday night,… Read More →

Aggies participate in sixth Houston BBQ Festival

A large group of Aggies participated in the 6th Houston BBQ Festival, which was held in the Humble Civic Center Arena in Humble, Texas on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Those in attendance from Texas A&M University were faculty Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and students Carsyn Burney, Eric Hamilton, Brogan Horton, Steven Mancillas, Sandy Martinez, Courtlyn Ranly, Kelley Ranly, Libby Schneider, and Menzi Spiller. We enjoy going to the festival each year to talk to folks about Texas Barbecue and to see so many of the pitmasters… Read More →

Community, Culture, and Science of Barbecue program held at SXSW

The Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University, led by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, was prominently featured at a SXSW panel discussion entitled, “The Community, Culture, and Science of Barbecue” on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Author and cook Jess Pryles led the panel, which focused on Texas’ rich barbecue culture and techniques, seasonings and cuts that drive the culinary art. The hour-long program was followed by a sampling of brisket and sausage from Southside Market and Barbeque, Elgin and Bastrop, Texas, and time for… Read More →

The Community, Culture, and Science of Barbecue program at SXSW

Critically acclaimed author and cook Jess Pryles will lead a wide-ranging panel discussion entitled, “The Community, Culture, and Science of Barbecue” at SXSW on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Texas’ rich barbecue culture and the techniques, seasonings and cuts that drive the culinary art will be discussed by Pryles along with meat scientists and pitmasters behind the Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University: Jeff Savell, Davey Griffin, and Ray Riley. The hour-long program will begin at 11 AM and will be held at the Rio Grande Ballroom, Courtyard… Read More →

Camp Brisket, 2018 edition

The sixth 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 5-6, 2018 at the Rosenthal Meat Center and the Beef Cattle Center at the O.D. Butler Animal Science Complex. About 60 participants from around the U.S. and Canada 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, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and… Read More →

Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting held

Owners/operators and pitmasters from some of the leading barbecue restaurants throughout Texas with a special guest, Jack Timmons, from Seattle, Washington, participated in the fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting, which was held at the Kleberg Animal and Food Science Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center on Monday, December 11, 2017. 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, brisket aging research by McKensie Harris,… Read More →

Tindel, Savell help with Texas Monthly’s ‘Cue Course

Spencer Tindel and Jeff Savell participated in the first ever Texas Monthly’s ‘Cue Course on Saturday, November 4, 2017, which was one of the programs sponsored by the Texas Monthly Barbecue program ahead of the TMBBQ FEST 2017. The event was held at Terry Black’s Barbecue in Austin, with Daniel Vaughn, BBQ Editor of Texas Monthly teaming up with Tindel and Savell for the program. The first part of the program was a discussion of three topics: beef grading, briskets, and beef ribs. For beef grading, marbling cards… Read More →

Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting, Monday, December 11, 2017

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 11, 2017. 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 Sciences Center and the Rosenthal Meat Center. “This is the fourth year for the Town Hall meeting. We have had great turnouts at our previous meetings, and we look forward to hosting this event… Read More →

Aggies participate in second annual The Woodlands BBQ Festival

The Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University was honored to be asked once again to participate in The Woodlands BBQ Festival on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Faculty members Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell along with grad students, Spencer Tindel, Micki Gooch, Marc Vogelsang, and Chandler Steele, and undergrad students, Libby Schneider, Ty Robertson, Alec Lucas, Devon King, Kenzie Lackey, and Sandy Martinez traveled to the festival to make new and renew old acquaintances with the folks in the Texas barbecue business, and to visit and… Read More →

Ninth year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue underway

This year marks the ninth year of ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue. The class has had many different prefixes, but the course name has been the same, and the purpose of the class has never wavered: to help freshmen make the difficult transition from high school to college, to know that each week they will learn about Texas Barbecue and will enjoy a great meal, and they will interact with faculty and students who care about their success and will serve as mentors to them during and after the class…. Read More →