Maybe you've heard about Kobe beef imported from Japan, world-renowned for flavor and massive amounts of marbling. But it's rare to find Japanese Kobe beef stateside.
Lucky for beef enthusiasts, the Wagyu cattle that produce this miraculous beef are also raised right here in the United States. Texas cattlemen replicate Japanese feeding techniques to produce this domestic Wagyu beef.
Same breed, same feeding principles, same buttery results.
Experience all that is Wagyu with this ribeye steak: spectacular marbling, unsurpassed silky texture and intense beef flavor.
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
- 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.
Because of the delicate nature of this highly-marbled meat, it is best not to use extremely high heat when searing or grilling, so we recommend cooking our Wagyu beef ribeye steaks rare to medium rare over a medium-high heat. Overcooking can melt the marbling and cause the meat to become tough and chewy, which would be a sad waste of this gorgeous beef.