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Costco Is About To Sell Kobe Beef Sliders At An Absolute Bargain

Costco has got their quality meats game on point, with a ton of authentic Japanese wagyu up for sale on their website. But if you’re not looking to spend the big bucks and get a higher-end piece of beef, you can do that now as well. The wholesale chain is about to start selling American kobe beef sliders in meal kit form, and at a pretty good bargain, to boot.

kobe beef slidersPhoto courtesy of Hak’s

Each kit, made by food producer Hak’s, comes with everything you need to make a half dozen gourmet Kobe beef sliders, easily enough to feed 2-3 people. The ingredients include the American Kobe patties, organic American cheese, onions to caramelize, mustard aioli, and sweet potato fries. The final cost is $16.99 for the entire set, which translates to $6-$8 per person depending on how many sliders you get.

Compared to the Kobe sliders you can find in restaurants AND the raw meat itself, Costco’s new sliders meal kit is an absolute steal. On it’s own, ground American Kobe beef can cost just over 20 bucks a pound. At a restaurant, a set of 2-3 sliders is in the $10-$15 price range, and Kobe burgers have been sold for as much as $30. So while the meal kit may still be a bit pricey compared to grocery stores, for Kobe beef, it’s a solid deal.

The Kobe slider kits will be sold in Costcos in the Los Angeles and Orange County area beginning on Friday, September 21. They’re a limited-time drop, leaving stores in the first week of November, but there’s always potential for them to return at even more Costco locations in the future.

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Taste The Details: Wagyu, Steak You Can Cut With A Butter Knife

Wagyu and Kobe beef have the reputation for being the pinnacle of high quality steaks. With price points that range from $300 to $600 per pound, it’s considered to be one of the finest delicacies in the culinary world. However, the price alone only tells half the story of why it is so highly lauded and sought after.

To learn all about Wagyu and Kobe beef, we went to the SW Steakhouse at the celebrated Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Chef David Walzog was gracious enough to break down all things Wagyu and Kobe beef, dropping knowledge on its origins and also what goes into preparing and cooking the revered beef.

So sit back and tuck your napkins, the dinner setting is about to get decadent, as we go in and taste the details of Wagyu and Kobe beef.

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How Artificial Marbling Has Been Tricking Steak Lovers For Years

In an exclusive interview with Mic, Anthony Bourdain mentioned that one of the douchiest items you can order on a menu is Kobe or Wagyu beef, largely due to the suspicion of inauthenticity it causes since it’s likely not the real thing and the restaurant is ripping people off.

A key way to classify beef is by the high degree of marbling, or fat, running through the cut of meat as a result of its diet. The price of highly marbled cuts like USDA Prime, Kobe, or Wagyu beef is expensive, but the flavor and tenderness of the beef makes it worth the cost. Surprisingly, you can often find these cuts being sold at restaurants for cheaper prices than what you would expect for a $55 per pound piece of Kobe beef or $110 per pound chunk of Wagyu.

There’s several ways restaurants can trick you into thinking their steak is legit, but one of these methods is more devious than any out there: artificial marbling.

This practice has been going on for at least 50 years, and involves injecting carcasses of beef with melted or powderized animal or vegetable fat (or a solution containing the liquid lipids) right after slaughter or in the butchering process. The fat then runs through the beef’s blood vessels, creating a falsified marbling effect. Some more current research has shown these methods can increase the quality of beef by at least two USDA marbling scores. That’s like taking a piece of USDA Select grade beef and upping it to Prime, the highest quality of beef, simply by injecting fat into the meat.

Artificial marbling occurs at the butcher level, so you will find this meat in grocery stores as well as restaurants, likely being sold at a higher price point because the added fat makes it look better to customers. While the USDA requires store-bought beef that goes through artificial marbling to be appropriately labeled, we don’t see these labels when we order steak or beef from a restaurant. So that Kobe, Wagyu, or even USDA Prime and Choice beef on the menu could actually be commercial beef that was marbled after it was slaughtered.

Sure, this beef would look and taste the same as its higher-quality counterparts, but the ethics behind it are still skewed. Restaurants can essentially get away with selling lower-quality, cheaper meat at a higher price since they can claim it’s Prime, Kobe, or Wagyu and nobody would be able to tell the difference.

You’re literally just paying for the name at many restaurants. It’s better to just buy yourself a steak and cook it, since at least then you can tell if it’s been artificially marbled or not.


Would You Shell Out $1,700 for This Glamburger Covered in Edible Gold?


Here at Foodbeast, we’ve seen our fair share of crazy ass burgers along with a plethora of expensive as fuh luxury dishes, but today, those lines are forever blurred thanks to this Glamburger.

Located at Honky Tonk, a London based American diner, this burger has indeed been authenticated by Record Setter as a world record burger. Crafted by Chef Chris Lange, the Glamburger touts a Kobe Wagyu Beef and venison patty that houses black truffle brie in its meaty inner sanctum. The burger then gets the surf and turf treatment with the addition of Iranian saffron poached lobster and bacon covered in maple syrup to the point where it’s nearly candied.

Still not decadent enough for you fancy pants? Well the Glamburger comes topped with a smoked duck egg covered in edible gold, Beluga caviar, matcha mayonnaise, nestled between a bun swimming in gold leaves. To take this thing just over the edge of insanity to the brink of WTF, Chef Large adds shaved white truffle and tops it with a mango champagne jus. Can you say luxurious?

The Glamburger was created in partnership with Groupon to celebrate the site’s five millionth voucher milestone. Not to worry if you don’t have a cool two grand to drop on this swanky burger, Groupon is given one lucky winner the chance to experience the Glamburger absolutely free.

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HOT ON INSTAGRAM: Wagyu Beef Hot Dog, Slathered in BBQ Sauce, Takis, Cheese and Grilled Onions


As part of an impromptu barbecue session to test out a new package of grill-worthy meat from Steakhouse Elite, Foodbeast developer Rudeluv stumbled upon an insane new creation: a BBQ sauce-slathered Wagyu beef hot dog, cheese, Takis, and grilled onions.

Moments later the process was published to the @Foodbeast Instagram.

What seems like a mess actually turned out to work splendidly. The crunch and spicy bite of the hot dog was complimented by the sweet barbecue sauce, the melted cheese, crispy Takis and grilled onions allowed for a myriad of textures in every bite. Don’t read too much into it though, this was an office grilling experiment gone awry — but our stomachs aren’t complaining.

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Because Everyone’s Doing It: Red Robin Testing $15 Kobe Beef Burger

red-robinpromoLooks like Red Robin has decided to kick their meat game up a notch by attempting to introduce high-quality burgers in 2013. The restaurant chain has begun developing Kobe beef (and possibly bison) hamburgers that will hit menus across America in the second half of the year.

This is good news for burger fans looking to add that extra touch of class to their meal without breaking the bank. The new burgers will be priced around $14.99, making them more expensive than the average hamburger but less expensive than, say, Domino’s Kobe Beef Pizza. The hamburgers will also be served on red plates instead of the traditional baskets in an effort to make the entire experience “simplified, clarified, and amplified,” according to Stephen Carley, an executive at Red Robin International Inc.

Those who remain loyal to the original Red Robin hamburgers needn’t panic, however. The traditional Red Robin menu will still be available, and their signature bottomless steak fries aren’t going anywhere.


Fast Food

Spend $66 on Domino’s New ‘Luxury’ Kobe Beef Steak Pizza in Japan


If you’re in Japan, you can blow 5,800 yen ($66) on the recently released Kobe Beef Steak Pizza. Topped with Kobe beef, onions, potatos, cheese, and deluxe steak sauce, the question remains as to whether or not anything that involves the expensive and succulent meat can really go wrong (sorry, vegetarians). Then again, this is Domino’s, king of junk pizza, so RocketNews24 decided to break the bank and try it for the rest of us. Here’s what they deduced:

“The beef here really is sublime! From the first bite, the pure tastiness of the ingredients sets off a chain reaction inside the cerebral cavity. Before you know it, you find yourself entering into a state of pizza ecstasy.”


On a negative note, with the beef being the focal point of the pizza- and let’s admit it, the meat is what will be impacting on your taste buds the most – it actually detracts a little from the traditional notion of what makes a good pizza.”

In conclusion: If you’re in the area and feel like trying something different, get some friends together and splurge on this luxury concoction. However, if it’s traditional pizza that you’re after, better luck somewhere else.

H/T RocketNews24

Food Trucks

NYC Food Truck Launches a ‘Douche Burger’ That Costs $666

Sensationalism aside, there really is a food truck based out of NYC that is selling a ‘Douche Burger’ that will cost you $666.

The burger, a product of NYC food truck 666 Burger, contains all the proper pretentious food delicacies needed when claiming you were eating “the best” of something. Each Douche Burger is foie-stuffed, gold-leaf-wrapped Kobe patty, topped with caviar, lobster, truffles, Gruyere melted with Champagne steam, and BBQ sauce made using a luxury Kopi Kuwak coffee.

According to 666 Burger, in true douche fashion, “[The Douche Burger] may not taste good, but will make you feel rich as f–k.”

Also remember that the Kobe beef being using is almost without-a-doubt not the real deal Japanese Kobe Beef, according to our report earlier this year.

We’ve seen more expensive burgers at restaurants, but paying $666 for a meal out of a food truck window is pretty boss. Or utterly ridiculous, we’ll let your wallet be the decision maker. Chase the truck down by following them on Facebook — or not.