This whole muscle cut of our Kobe-style Wagyu beef is ready for your knife skills. You will delight in the soft, buttery texture and mouthwatering flavor of this world-famous Wagyu beef.
Just to clarify: this is the finest Wagyu beef raised in the United States today. It is from the same Wagyu breed that is used in the legendary Kobe beef program in Japan.
These cattle have an amazing capacity for producing highly-marbled and deeply-flavored beef. When you raise the old breed and use traditional feeding techniques, the results are much the same no matter where you do it. Our Texas cattlemen produce Wagyu beef that we'd hold up against any other with confidence.
Carve into ribeye steaks or roast it whole for a special occasion meal. Just keep it rare to preserve the network of marbling that is the hallmark of this beef.
Just the facts
- From authentic Wagyu stock
- No antibiotics or hormones, ever
- No animal by-products
- Graded by third party auditor using Japanese BMS scoring system
- Yields about fourteen 12 oz steaks on average
- Ships in an uncooked state; frozen items may thaw in transit
- Product of USA
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
The Wagyu cattle are an extraordinary breed, native to Japan, where they developed in isolation with a unique genetic propensity to high marbling. Feeding programs encourage the cattle to put on fat in all the right places, and the Japanese have evolved special regimens for their cattle.
At D’Artagnan, we work with ranchers who raise Wagyu cattle in Texas, where the cattleman is still king. East meets west with Texas ranching know-how and the influence of Japanese feeding techniques. The emphasis of the program is humane treatment and a low-stress environment for the cattle throughout their lives.
The cattle begin on pasture land and are then introduced to a gradual feeding system, with seven different feed variations, which include grain and corn, free-choice minerals and fresh water. And, like their Japanese cousins, a strictly-followed diet rotation is the secret to the development of the characteristic marbling, delicate texture and superb flavor. No antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products are ever used. Raised until the age of 30-36 months, the cattle are fully monitored at every stage of their growth.
The resulting delicate and rich Wagyu beef is graded Prime 90% of the time; then it is graded using the Japanese Beef Marbling Standards (BMS) system, which scores the amount of marbling in the meat, ranking it from 1 to 12. Scores from 8 and up indicate levels of abundant marbling, and the top of the BMS scale (12) would mean that the fat marbling was extremely abundant. The Japanese further rank beef on overall quality from 1 to 5 (being excellent), which takes into account the marbling, yield, color and texture as well as fat quality.
When cooking steaks, we recommend that the meat be cooked rare to medium rare. Because of the delicate nature of this highly marbled meat, it is best not to use extremely high heat when searing or grilling, as overcooking can melt the marbling and cause the meat to become tough and chewy.