Category Archives: Barbecue Genius Counter

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 →

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 →

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 →

Texas A&M University a sponsor at TMBBQ FEST 2016

For the sixth year in a row, Texas A&M University will be one of the sponsors of the TMBBQ FEST 2016 on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Faculty and students will be in attendance at the festival meeting and greeting people who are interested in knowing more about the art and science of barbecue. The event also will give us a chance to visit with the pit masters who be sharing the wonderful food they will be preparing for the large group of participants. Here are some photos from… Read More →

Aggies participate in The Woodlands BBQ Festival, September 25, 2016

The Texas Barbecue program at Texas A&M University was honored to be asked to participate in The Woodlands BBQ Festival on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Faculty members Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell along with grad students, Katy Jo Nickelson, Adam Murray, Jill Jobe, and Spencer Tindel, and seniors, Erika Victor, Marc Vogelsang, Madalynn Kainer, and Taylor Rowland traveled to the festival to make new and renew old acquaintances with the folks in the Texas barbecue business, and to visit and share knowledge with the participants at… 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 →

Aggies participate in TMBBQ FEST 2015

For the fifth year in a row, Texas A&M University was one of the sponsors of the TMBBQ Fest 2015, and Texas Barbecue faculty and students were in attendance at the festival on Sunday, November 1, 2015 in Austin. The Texas A&M University team included Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Jeff Savell, Jennifer Willis, Taylor Rowland, Julia Rauschuber, Marc Vogelsang, and John Chivvis. Jennifer, Taylor, Julia, and Marc are part of our Jazzy Juniors and Snazzy Seniors who have taken ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue as freshmen and who now… Read More →

Brief brisket primer held for SEC Government Relations Conference

Texas A&M University hosted the SEC Government Relations Conference this past week, and Davey Griffin and I were asked to provide some smoked brisket for the meal as part of a brief program on Texas Barbecue and key steps in purchasing and preparing briskets. We had one brisket to demonstrate trimming and seasoning, and we had four cooked briskets to sample. We used Prime briskets seasoned with kosher salt and pepper (half and half) for the event. We told the participants about ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, Barbecue Summer… Read More →

Aggies participate in Houston Barbecue Festival, 2015 version

We participated in the 3rd Houston Barbecue Festival, which was held in the NRG Park area in Houston on Sunday, April 26, 2015. It is the third year that we took the BBQ Genius Counter to set up, and Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, Katy Jo Nickelson, Jennifer Willis, and Jeff Savell made the trip to visit with folks about Texas Barbecue and to see so many of the pitmasters we have gotten to know through festivals and camps and to make some new acquaintances with those we have… Read More →