The Exceptional Traits of Purebred Wagyu Beef
Is it true that genuine Wagyu beef is nonexistent in the United States? Absolutely not! Thanks to a 22-year window when Japan lifted its export ban, there are purebred Wagyu bloodlines right here in America. Although it’s now illegal to export live Wagyu cows and their DNA from Japan, from 1975 to 1997, enough cows were brought to the United States to establish a population of purebred Wagyu. While this exquisite beef may be rare to come across, the effort to find it is undoubtedly worthwhile.
The Distinction Between American Wagyu and Purebred Wagyu
In America, most Wagyu beef is known as “American Wagyu.” On our ranch, we raise a crossbreed of Angus and Wagyu cows, which results in a mouthwateringly delicious beef. However, it’s important to note that this crossbreed lacks some of the exceptional qualities found in purebred Wagyu beef. To provide our customers with a truly unique meat, we have partnered with ranches that specialize in raising purebred Wagyu.
The Secrets Behind Purebred Wagyu’s Charm
What makes purebred Wagyu beef so exceptional? Its allure lies in the unique biological characteristics of these cows and their upbringing. The term “Wagyu” simply means “Japanese cow.” Any cow raised or descending from Japanese cattle is technically considered Wagyu. Japan boasts four distinct native breeds of cattle, and only one possesses the genetic predisposition to store fat within the muscle tissue. This is why Wagyu beef is renowned for its incredible marbling, tenderness, and flavor.
A Culinary Adventure: The Flavor and Texture of Purebred Wagyu Beef
Attempting to replicate the flavor and texture of purebred Wagyu beef is an impossible feat. The remarkable marbling characteristic of this beef provides it with a distinct umami flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Furthermore, the fat in Wagyu beef is rich in healthy omega-3’s and 6’s. Its lower melting point contributes to the delightful consistency that dissolves effortlessly on your palate. Moreover, Wagyu beef has minimal impact on raising cholesterol levels, making it an excellent choice for health-conscious consumers who crave red meat.
The Art of Raising Purebred Wagyu Beef
Producers of purebred Wagyu beef follow meticulous ranching protocols and go above and beyond to ensure the highest quality. It is not uncommon for cattle to receive deep tissue massages, which help keep the muscle fibers loose and create that perfect marbling. These pasture-raised cows grow up in a stress-free environment, thanks to the extra care provided by their dedicated farmers. Ultimately, healthy and content cows result in the kind of farm-to-table experience that everyone desires.
The Luxury of Wagyu Beef: A Result of Careful Breeding
Wagyu beef holds high value due to the rigorously regulated breeding programs that originated in Japan. Initially bred as working animals to plow fields, Asian cattle possess a unique ability to store additional energy as a fine, evenly-distributed intramuscular fat. This singular characteristic makes Wagyu beef a true luxury.
Understanding the Quality Grading
It’s essential to note that Wagyu beef is graded based on its marbling, indicating the level of quality. The Beef Marbling System (BMS) ranges from 1 to 12, with a BMS score of 12 elevating the beef to a work of art rather than mere sustenance. In the United States, the highest quality meat is USDA Prime, graded between BMS 4 and BMS 5. A BMS score of 8+ earns Wagyu beef the prestigious title of A5, signifying the pinnacle of excellence. Whether you opt for a Mishima, Gold, or Silver cut of Wagyu beef, you’re in for an extraordinary culinary experience.
Discover the Extravagance at Hook’d Up Bar and Grill
At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we take pride in offering you an exceptional range of fresh meats, including the elusive 8+ Wagyu beef. Typically reserved for five-star restaurants, these steaks are now available for the local Santa Fe community. Our partner ranches in Texas and New Mexico supply us with one-hundred percent purebred Wagyu beef. From tenderloins to prime ribs, briskets to ground beef, we invite you to indulge in the epitome of luxury.
And that’s not all – we also offer a variety of fresh-cut bison and more. With our third-generation butcher readily available to cater to your unique requests, we extend a warm invitation to visit our shop. Whether you’re a local or a visitor enjoying Santa Fe, we’d be delighted to welcome you with open arms. Our retail location on Cerrillos Road near Saint Michael’s Drive is conveniently situated, so keep an eye out for the dancing buffalo!