Wagyu chuck flap is a hard cut to come by. It’s definitely a chef’s cut, and seldom seen outside of a restaurant. Sometimes called flap steak (yes, it’s a bit unflattering), this cut is similar to skirt and flank steak.
Chuck flap is nicely marbled throughout, with a rich beefy flavor and not much of a fat cap. Because this is Wagyu beef, you can expect more marbling laced in the beef than with Angus chuck flap. That means more great flavor.
What’s nice is the flexibility; chuck flap can be braised, just as you would with bone-out short ribs, or grilled over high heat. Try it with Korean BBQ recipes, or shred it for pot roast. Either way, you will fall in love with the rich flavor of this Wagyu beef.
Just the facts
- From authentic Wagyu stock
- No antibiotics or hormones, ever
- No animal by-products
- 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.