Category Archives: Barbecue Summer Camp

Importance of seasoned wood for smoking barbecue

Using properly seasoned wood to smoke barbecue is one of the keys to having great flavored meat. As a long-time contributor to the “Wood and Smoke” panels for the Foodways Texas Barbecue Summer Camp and Camp Brisket, Dr. Nick Nickelson of Fort Worth brings years of experience and technical knowledge to the subject of wood and smoke, and he always adds so much to the discussion of all things barbecue. One of the points that Dr. Nick makes is that it is important to use seasoned wood when… 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 →

BBQ 101 with The Professor of Meat Science | the CAMBRO blog

Note: Wonderful article from the folks at Cambro. JWS Summer is upon us and BBQ season is here. However, in Texas, BBQ’ing is a year-round activity because the weather is always ‘hot or damned hot,’ as Jeff Savell explains. Despite his title (University Distinguished Professor, Meat Science and EM “Manny” Rosenthal Chair in Animal Science, Texas A&M) and the impressive 2 page-long list of accolades and awards in his field, Dr. Savell (yes, he has a PhD in Animal Science!) humbly insisted he be simply addressed, as Jeff. So what,… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2015 version, photo and summary wrap up

The 2015 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 5th through Sunday, June 7th. 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 fifth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011. On Thursday night, before the camp began, participants and instructors gathered at Kreuz Market in… Read More →

After Rub, Heat And Char, Barbecued Meat Needs A Good Rest : The Salt : NPR

Jim Shahin For years, barbecue hounds planned their visits to barbecue joints with the precision of a Special Forces operation. Why? Because they knew there was a narrow window when the smoked meat would be at its juiciest, smokiest best. Once the window had closed, a platter of would-be sublimity typically deteriorated into a pile of dried-out disappointment. The problem was the “hold.” After the meat finished cooking, it had to be kept warm for service through the day. That could mean anything from storing it on a… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2015 version, begins!

The 2015 Barbecue Summer Camp, co-hosted by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University, is to be held on Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th. The camp is coordinated by meat science educators, Davey Griffin, Ray Riley, and Jeff Savell, and activities are held at the Rosenthal Meat Center and O.D. Butler Animal Science Teaching, Research, and Extension Complex. This is the fifth Barbecue Summer Camp with the first one held in 2011. BBQ Summer Camp 2015…. Read More →

Texas Barbecue demonstration for Texas A&M University System Spouse’s Day

Texas A&M AgriLife hosted the spouses of various Texas A&M University System leaders who were in town for the Board of Regents meeting for an event that featured several programs within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. Davey Griffin and I were asked to represent the Texas Barbecue effort in the Department of Animal Science to include ANSC 117, Texas Barbecue, Camp Brisket, and Barbecue Summer Camp. We cooked two briskets for lunch, and using a raw brisket, demonstrated trimming and seasoning… Read More →

Two Barbecue Summer Camps scheduled for 2016

With the tremendous demand for participation in the Barbecue Summer Camp, two camps have been scheduled for 2016. The dates for the camps are June 10-12, 2016 and July 22-24, 2016 and will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Center on the campus of Texas A&M University. The Barbecue Summer Camp is sponsored by Foodways Texas and the Meat Science Section of the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Registration for the camps will be available on the Foodways Texas website (http://foodwaystexas.com) in early December 2015…. Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp for 2015 is sold out

The Barbecue Summer Camp, co-sponsored by Foodways Texas and Texas A&M University and to be held on June 5-7, 2015, is sold out. Tickets went on sale on December 10, 2014 and were sold out in about 45 seconds. Registration for both Barbecue Summer Camp and Camp Brisket are through the Foodways Texas website. Program dates for the 2016 camps are being worked on right now. Posts related to Barbecue Summer Camp: 2014 Barbecue Summer Camp Barbecue camp at Texas A&M draws sellout group of followers | AgriLife… Read More →