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Wagyu Beef Thor’s Hammer

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frozen: 1 volcano shank (6 lb avg)
Price $149.99
Price $149.99
Frozen products may thaw in transit
Wagyu Thor's Hammer, also known as a volcano shank, is a show-stopping cut of mythic proportions. Sourced from the hindshank, it boasts lean meat with deep beef flavor and connective tissue that transforms into a silky, collagen-rich sauce during an extended cooking process. The impressive marrow bone arrives perfectly frenched, adding to its dramatic and elegant presentation. Best prepared slow and low, Thor's Hammer is especially wonderful braised or smoked to bring out the robust flavor and buttery texture that is the hallmark of Wagyu beef.
  • Humanely raised
  • From authentic Wagyu stock
  • No antibiotics or hormones - ever
  • No animal by-products in feed
  • Graded by third-party auditor using Japanese BMS scoring system
  • 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
  • Serves 3-4


Frozen items may thaw in transit. Refrigerate or freeze promptly. If partially frozen, you can safely store in the freezer for up to 6 months for optimal quality.

Cooking and Serving:

On the smoker: We recommend a cooking temperature of 250 - 300F with a final internal temp of 205F for that fall-off-the-bone buttery texture. While achieving this final temperature, please follow best smoking practices in regards to maintaining moisture by wrapping the hammer at the stall and incorporating a water pan to prevent drying out the meat.

In the oven: Try our Red Wine Braised Wagyu Thor’s Hammer recipe

When the beef shank is cooked, the meat contracts, revealing more of the marrow bone and creating a striking resemblance to Thor's hammer. For an impressive centerpiece, present the cooked shanks on the bone on a sauced platter or with sauce on the side. When slow-cooked, the fork-tender meat pulls away easily, requiring no knife, allowing guests to easily serve themselves.

Any of your favorite classic comfort food sides are excellent with slow-cooked wagyu beef. Here are a few complimentary dishes for inspiration:

  • Creamy polenta with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Mashed Yukon gold potatoes with a generous spoon of creme fraiche and finely chopped chives
  • Roasted root vegetables with a flurry of fresh herbs and drizzle of balsamic glaze
  • Low-cooked whole cippolini onions in beef demi-glace
  • A crisp salad dressed in vinaigrette is the perfect foil for starchy sides and rich beef.
Beverage Pairings for Braised Thor’s Hammer:
  • Wine: Try full-bodied, Grenache-based reds from the Languedoc region. Or a classic Barbaresco with balanced acidity.
  • Spirits: A classic, straight bourbon cocktail, like an old-fashioned or a boulevardier, will pair well.
  • Non-alcoholic: The warm spice of a craft ginger beer is a great match.

We work with ranchers who raise Wagyu cattle in the Midwest, combining Western ranching know-how with traditional Japanese techniques. The emphasis of the program is humane treatment and a low-stress environment for the cattle throughout their lives.

Our cattle begin on pasture and are then introduced to a gradual feeding system in the Japanese style, with seven different feed variations, which include grain, rice plant, corn, free-choice minerals, and fresh water. And, like their Japanese cousins, the strictly followed diet rotation is the secret to developing the characteristic marbling, delicate texture, and superb flavor.