GE’s Brilliant Tailgate to use meat from Boilermaker Butcher Block

October 30, 2015  

The Boilermaker Butcher Block will provide the majority of the meat for GE's Brilliant Tailgate on Saturday (Oct. 31).  

The GE Brilliant Tailgate is celebrating college football season with the world's smartest data-driven smoker. Purdue is one of three locations for the tailgate. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to eat barbecue from GE's Brilliant Super Smoker; however, supplies are limited. Participants will be able to play quantified corn hole, where players will see their digital twin as they toss the beanbag via sensors tracking the bag’s position and velocity through the air.

The Boilermaker Butcher Block is excited about the opportunity to supply meat for a large event like the GE Brilliant Tailgate, says Blaine Brown, meat lab manager.

"Like most events of this nature, we get a chance to promote to a different audience than normal," Brown says. "We will highlight a couple new and unique items with a very unique piece of smoking equipment."

Located in Smith Hall, Room 170, the Boilermaker Butcher Block has been open since 1973 and is part of the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture. It provides educational and research opportunities for students and high-quality meats at a convenient location for customers at the University and in the surrounding area.

Beginning last year, tailgaters at Ross-Ade Stadium can pre-order their meat by noon on Friday before a home football game and pick it up the morning of the game. Sales range between 100 and 200 pounds of meat per home football game.

For more information on the Boilermaker Butcher Block, go to

Students, faculty and staff are invited to check out the smoker on Friday prior to the tailgate.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Industrial Remix Challenge, where students will choose one of three technologies out of GE's playbook and use their creativity to design an application to "remix" the use of that technology into another industry application or a university setting.

The challenge is open through Nov. 9. To register for the challenge, go to  

Writer: Aspen Deno, 

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