Author Archives: Jeff Savell

ANSC 117 2018: Brisket

The hallmark of Texas Barbecue is the beef brisket. Without question, barbecue restaurants and backyard enthusiasts are judged by how well they can prepare this cut, which can be quite tough and dry if not done correctly. We even devote an entire workshop in conjunction with Foodways Texas to the study of the brisket: Camp Brisket. Because of the importance of this cut in Texas Barbecue, we focus an entire class on brisket in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue. This year, we had the opportunity for Davey Griffin to… Read More →

ANSC 117 2018: Brazilian barbecue

One of the most popular topics each year in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, is Brazilian barbecue. Dr. Flavio Ribeiro, Research Scientist, Animal Systems, College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M University, once again led the class. Flavio is a native of Brazil, and he enjoys teaching others about the culture of Brazilian barbecue through his lectures and his demonstrations of this great style of cooking. We are thankful that the came to class again this year. Flavio begins the class with a lecture on Brazil, its… Read More →

ANSC 117 2018: Lamb and goat

Although lamb and goat are not mainstays of barbecue and especially Texas Barbecue, with lamb and goat being such important livestock species in Texas, we spend one of our lectures in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue on these products. The products we focus on are crown rack roasts, rotisserie-roasted lamb legs, and smoked goat carcass for tacos. In addition, we cover the major primals and other cuts from lamb carcasses so that the students understand their terminology and use. Lamb carcass cutout and terminology Brogan prepared a lamb carcass… Read More →

ANSC 117 2018: Chicken

This is the week that we focused on chicken in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue. We covered butterflied or spatchcocked chicken, ginger ale-can chicken (no beer-can chicken for freshmen!), rotisserie chicken, Orange Marmalade Sriracha Wings, and Ranch Dip Wings. Starting with whole chickens One of the first things we did in class is to demonstrate how to take a whole chicken and make a butterflied or spatchcocked chicken out of it. Ray did this for the students, which is a convenient way to prepare chicken for the grill or… Read More →

Lipton Tea/Texas A&M BBQ Genius event in Pepsi Fan Zone

Faculty and students with the Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University participated in the Lipton Tea/Texas A&M BBQ Genius event held in the Pepsi Fan Zone on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Lipton Tea provided samples of their Lipton Peach Tea, and Rudy’s Barbecue provided sausage tacos. Games and give aways for kids of all ages were available for the folks who stopped by. The program was coordinated by the Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications, and Jess Pryles, noted author and Hardcore Carnivore, was on… Read More →

Aggies participate in The Woodlands BBQ Festival, October 7, 2018

The Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University was well represented at this year’s The Woodlands BBQ Festival, held on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Faculty members, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, graduate students, Eric Hamilton, Brogan Horton, Julia Rauschuber, and Chandler Steele, and undergraduate students, Bailey Allison, Wade Baty, Carsyn Burney, Bailey Carwile, Sarah Crum, Jazmin Guerra, Devon King, Kenzie Lackey, and Katie Price were there to talk to the pitmasters at the event, to answer questions from the participants about barbecue, and to eat great… Read More →

ANSC 117 2018: Ribs, ribs, ribs!

There is no question, when we have the “Ribs, ribs, ribs” class in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, the students have a great time enjoying the wonderful beef and pork ribs prepared for them. Each year, Davey Griffin helps out with this class by cooking the beef ribs on his pit. Beef and pork ribs The three beef ribs demonstrated this week were beef chuck short ribs, beef plate short ribs, and beef back ribs. The beef chuck ribs are sometimes referred to as “four ribs” and the beef… Read More →

Texas Barbecue program showcased at College of Agriculture Development Council dinner

Faculty and students involved with the Texas A&M University Texas Barbecue program participated in the College of Agriculture Development Council‘s dinner held at The Gardens on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Demonstrations of the cuts of beef and pork used for barbecue were on display, and samples of the famous Texas Aggie Prime Rib prepared at the Rosenthal Meat Center was served to the participants. There were lots of questions asked about how to cook the best barbecue! Members of the Texas Barbecue program who helped were faculty, Davey… Read More →

ANSC 117 2018: Pork cuts

Each year in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue,¬†we feature each of the species used for barbecue to talk about nomenclature and carcass anatomical locations. This week, we covered pork so the theme would be different styles of pork in cooking in addition to demonstrating where the major and minor cuts were on the pork carcass. Pork cuts featured The three items used this week were Boston butts to make pulled pork, Boston butts to make pork steaks, and bone-in pork loins to make Hawaiian-inspired pork loins. Using Boston butts… Read More →

ANSC 117 2018: Dirt Cake

Of the many great recipes that Jackie shares with the students in ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, Dirt Cake has to be near the top from a popularity standpoint. Several of the students went to our house to make up batches of Dirt Cake, and three of them demonstrated how to make it in class. Devon King, Natalie Hoelscher, and Menzi Spiller made a batch of Dirt Cake to show how easy it is to make, and with sampling, how wonderful it is to eat. Dirt Cake recipe Jackie… Read More →