Tag Archives: Jeff Savell

Meat Perspectives: The emergence of a new favorite rib

By Kerri Gehring and Jeff Savell Barbecue around the country comes in many different forms. Pulled pork from shoulders or whole hogs, pork spare ribs and baby back ribs, sausage and brisket are familiar fare from coast to coast. One cut, however, is gaining in popularity: the beef rib. Compared to its pork counterpart, this meaty option is sometimes referred to as “brontosaurus ribs” because of its grand size and scale. Of food items shared on social media, the beef rib may be near the top because of… Read More →

Barbecue Summer Camp, 2019 edition

By Jeff Savell 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 Barbecue Summer… Read More →

BBQ and Business

By Steven Mancillas The Business & BBQ Professional Development Wisdom Workshop united two very different parts of campus – the Business Honors program and the Meat Science group in the Department of Animal Science. The event highlighted three unique elements that characterize the Mays Business School experience: passion, culture, and community. To begin, in the Business Honors program, a Professional Development event serves to foster the growth of students both personally and professionally. A majority of the events consist of meeting with industry leaders (Mays Leadership Forum), hearing… Read More →

Food diversity studies give Aggies taste of different cultures, religions

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu Ray Riley, 979-845-5651, r-riley@tamu.edu Dr. Mian Riaz, 979-845-2774, mnriaz@tamu.edu Dr. Stephen Talcott, 979-862-4056, stalcott@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Students at Texas A&M University in College Station are getting a taste of other cultures by learning about diverse foods, including those considered “fitting and proper” for various religious and ethnic groups. “Kosher and halal are terms that apply to foods deemed acceptable to and properly prepared for adherents to Jewish and Muslim faiths, respectively,” said Dr. Jeff Savell, distinguished professor of animal science, Texas… Read More →

Continued demand for Texas barbecue fueling beef consumption

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-1541, j-savell@tamu.edu Dr. David Anderson, 979-845-4351, danderson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Continued strong demand for Texas barbecue will help fuel the need for steady supplies of beef in 2019, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist. “I definitely think barbecue demand is driving the demand for beef,” said Dr. David Anderson, who gave an outlook presentation on a variety of meats on barbecue restaurant menus at the Fifth Annual Texas Barbecue Town Hall Meeting recently at Texas A&M University in… Read More →

The Top 4 lessons learned at Camp Brisket

By: Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu & Kerri Gehring, 979-862-3254, kbgehring@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION, Texas –  Camp Brisket, a joint venture between Foodways Texas and Texas A&M Univ., has evolved since the inaugural event held in 2013, to what is now an always sold-out, dream-come-true annual opportunity for pit masters of all experience levels to immerse themselves in beef. It is a great companion to the annual Barbecue Summer Camp, which has also developed a cult-like following and has drawn hundreds of attendees from around the country to Texas A&M. As… Read More →

Aging at home

By Dr. Jeff Savell and Dr. Kerri Gehring COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Over the past two decades, there has been an increased interest in the dry- aging process driven primarily from restaurateurs and retailers seeking unique ways to market their product. While there have been several scientific and review articles about dry aging during this time period, dry aging is still considered more of an art form where parameters have been developed mostly through trial and error rather than scientific or technical methods. Because of the great interest… Read More →

SXSW BBQ Panel Recap

Texas A&M’s South by Southwest panels look to the future Aggie offerings delve into the scientific issues behind human rights, health care…and BBQ By Steve Kuhlmann, steve.kuhlmann@theeagle.com Barbecue enthusiasts were treated to a more than 45-minute panel with the “brisketeers” — Texas A&M professor Jeff Savell, AgriLife Extension meat specialist Davey Griffin and Rosenthal Meat Center manager Ray Riley — and author and cook Jess Pryles, who shared with the audience some of the principles they look for in meat and how their interest has built a community… Read More →

Camp Brisket helps novice pitmasters feed masses

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992, j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Nothing beats good brisket and Texas barbecue, but smoking brisket on a barbecue pit can be a daunting task for the novice. “I love barbecuing in general, but the brisket is a very intimidating cut of beef,” said David Nelson of Austin, who attended Camp Brisket recently at Texas A&M University in College Station. The program attracted more than 60 attendees who entered a lottery system and won a ticket to the two-day event that organizers… Read More →

Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting features discussions of meat trends

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jeff Savell, 979-845-3992 , j-savell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas barbecue owners and pitmasters from across the Lone Star state gathered at Texas A&M University in College Station recently for the Fourth Texas Barbecue Town Hall meeting. About 50 people were in attendance, receiving updates on livestock and meat markets for beef, pork, chicken and turkey by Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock marketing economist in College Station. Anderson said demand continues to be steady for U.S. beef. “Overall, 2017… Read More →