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Come Get This Unbelievably Tender Wagyu Brisket At Upcoming Queen Mary Cook-Off

As a barbecue enthusiast, the quality of the meat you choose is essential to a proper beef brisket. If you’re using any kind of inferior meat, you better be a master of the smoke because you’re pretty much in an uphill battle. Now I’ve had briskets made with amazing cuts of beef before, but I’ve yet to see one that’s smoked with Wagyu meat.

For the unfamiliar, Wagyu beef is widely regarded as ultra-premium quality beef that’s of the utmost level of tender. And Wagyu beef brisket is exactly what The Q Joint BBQ is bringing to the world of barbecue.

Slicing up USDA Prime Wagyu Brisket, The Q Joint is an Irvine, California-based barbecue company that offers a plethora of smoked and grilled meats. This includes smoked, deboned chicken thighs, St. Louis-style ribs, and their 12-hour hickory-smoked brisket.

All their items come together in what they call The Judge’s Box which boasts: 1 chicken, 2 ribs, pulled pork, 2 slices of brisket, and 2 burnt ends.

This incredible platter of smoked delights can be found at The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off. The annual event will be held on May 11 from 12PM to 5PM. There will be two competitions held during that day, one that pits BBQ masters together in a smokey cook-off. The other brings together some of the country’s best chili cooks to see who can craft the most delicious bowl of chili.

Sounds like heaven on earth.

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Japanese Hotel’s $900 Wagyu Steak-Topped Burger Pays Tribute To Country’s New ‘Reiwa’ Era

It’s literally the end of an era in Japan right now. When Emperor Akihito abdicates his throne at the end of April, a new Emperor, Naruhito, will take his place. This will end Japan’s Heisei Era and mark the start of a new one, the Reiwa Era.

As a result, the entire country is abuzz with celebrations that both celebrate and commemorate the Heisei period while building up hype for a brand new start come May 1st. One of the more grandiose food celebrations comes courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, whose Golden Giant Burger at the Oak House Steakhouse heralds in the new era.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Weighing a solid 3 kilograms (over 6 pounds), the beefy burger comes with standard accoutrements like aioli, tomato, lettuce, and cheddar. Then come the unconventional ones, like sliced Kuroge Wagyu beef steak, foie gras, a generous helping of truffles shaved tableside, and a gold-dusted bun.

The burger comes with salad and fried potato wedges, alongside a magnum of champagne, red wine, or white wine. In total, the entire meal costs about 100,000 yen ($900 US) and can feed 6-8 people.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

In a way, this burger is an absolutely fitting manner in which to celebrate the new Emperor’s coronation. That event marks the beginning of the Reiwa Era, and “Reiwa” in Japanese translates to “Beautiful Harmony.” The imagery of the gold-dusted bun as well as the exquisite flavors paired with the burger can definitely evoke those emotions. Its size and fancier ingredients also call to the regality of an occasion like the start of a new period in Japanese history.

To celebrate this transitional period, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Oak Door Steakhouse will have this burger on the menu until June 30th. Reservations for it are required 3 days in advance.

[h/t SoraNews24]

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Animals Products Video

We Ate Hokkaido Snow Beef, The World’s Most Exclusive Steak, With Instant Ramen

When you get the chance of a lifetime to eat one of the most exclusive steaks in the world, what would you eat it with? In the case of the FOODBEAST crew, that answer was instant ramen noodles.

Recently, we were given the chance to try a couple of steaks off of a Hokkaido Snow-certified cow. This is huge, because Hokkaido Snow Beef is one of the hardest to find in the world. Only one or two cows get this classification on a monthly basis, and most of that meat never makes it stateside. As a result, the beef comes at a high price. For example, the two 12-ounce steaks (a ribeye and a New York strip) — provided to us by Holy Grail Steak Co. — cost about $300 each.

Holy Grail gets their Hokkaido Snow Beef from Chateau Uenae, which raises them in the cold, snowy mountains of the Japanese island of Hokkaido. All of the beef certified as Hokkaido Snow is also A5 Wagyu, with A5 being the highest designated quality for beef, and has an extra layer of fat from their icy living conditions. The resulting meat is marbled with intricate patterns of delicious beef fat and tender enough to be cut with a fork.

Now, we did pair these steaks with some instant ramen, but we first made sure to pay our respects to the beef and tried it in its pure, unadulterated form. Each cut was cooked as simply as possible, with just salt and pepper used to season with a dry cooking surface to let the beef fat render and enrich the meat even further.

All of that rendering fat made for some soothing, sizzling steak ASMR, and we filmed the process on the Foodbeast Twitch channel, a clip of which you can relax to below.

The taste of these steaks could best be described as a beefy butter. Actually, with the amount of marbling running through the New York Strip, it was essentially like eating fat scented with the meaty, caramel-like notes of beef wafting through. The ribeye was a more meaty cut and had a denser texture as a result, with the taste more akin to that of pure, unadulterated steak. Still, each cut melted in your mouth faster than a shard of dark chocolate would.

What was the most mind-boggling aspect of the steak by far was its texture and tenderness. We’ve seen A5 wagyu get cut with a butter knife with ease before, but this Hokkaido snow beef was almost as fork tender as a piece of pulled pork. Slicing into it was so effortless that knives weren’t even required.

We then mixed up the classiness of the steak with the instant ramen of our childhoods and put an entire Hokkaido Snow Beef steak into a freshly brewed bowl of noodles. This was a particularly special instant noodle bowl, though, since it came with a fresh pack of kimchi on the inside. That acidity and heat combined with the steak was actually a flavorsome balance. While you may think that fancy steak and store-bought noodle packets wouldn’t work together, this one did to the point where I felt guilty for enjoying it so much.

Regardless of how you enjoy the Hokkaido Snow Beef, though, it is definitely a prized cut you should consume in the way you love best.

If you want to try this exclusive steak for yourself, you can get it on Holy Grail’s website. Currently, the online meat store is sold out of the beef, but you can sign up for notifications to be one of the first to snag a cut or two when it’s available.

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If In-N-Out Ever Served Wagyu Beef, This Might Be What It Looks And Tastes Like

 

In-N-Out fans already know how fire their classic Double Doubles are, especially done Animal Style. If the chain were to ever take that up a notch and create a wagyu beef version, that would truly be the burger of our dreams.

One Seattle restaurant has gotten us a bite closer to what that might taste like with their own tribute to the In-N-Out staple.

 

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This tribute to the Animal Style Double-Double comes courtesy of Sawyer, a restaurant known for their elevated twists on comfort classics. Their burger, called the Animal Style, features two wagyu beef patties, a caramelized onion mornay sauce, tomato, lettuce, secret sauce, and sour pickles.

Foodbeast Theresa Tran had a chance to try the burger, and loved the take on her favorite cheeseburger. “It’s like the classic Double Double just glowed up and became super sophisticated,” she gushed. Fellow Foodbeast Ricky Zollinger concurred on that opinion, calling the Animal Style was like In-N-Out’s signature “on burger steroids.”

Maybe some day, In-N-Out will open up a fancy version of itself and have wagyu on the menu. Until then, we’ll have Sawyer’s version in Seattle, Washington to live out that fantasy for us.

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EPIC 10-Pound Japanese Wagyu Bento Box Gets A Guinness World Record

Last year, Japanese food delivery specialist Gochikuru sold a MASSIVE bento box crammed with 4.5 kilograms (almost 10 pounds) of authentic wagyu on their website. Containing ten different cuts from across the entire cow, this wagyu feast was coveted and sold out fast as demand skyrocketed.

Gochikuru’s bento box isn’t done, though, as it’s coming back with year-round availability and with a shiny Guinness World Record attached to it: The world’s most expensive bento box.

Photo courtesy of Gochikuru

The total price of this feast, which also comes with 4 pounds of Kinu Musume rice and an entire root of legit wasabi, is 292,929 yen, or just under $2600 US Dollars. That was more than plenty for Guinness to certify Gochikuru with the prestigious honor of selling the world’s most expensive bento box.

Those interested in getting the box for themselves can order it online year-round now, as Gochikuru has added it to their permanent lineup of meals. You do still have to be in Japan to get the box, and will have to order it two weeks in advance. But if you’re traveling to Japan anytime soon, know that you can get one of these in advance and feast on wagyu with your crew upon arrival.

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Fast Food

There’s A Secret Yoshinoya Location That Serves Up Wagyu Beef Bowls

Photo Courtesy of SoraNews24

Every time I think of Yoshinoya, my mind returns to the endless beef bowls I would devour in college at the local restaurant near campus. I’ve seen the chain placate many a college student, but I would have never thought Yoshinoya could be something that dabbled in decadence.

Turns out there’s a single Yoshinoya location in Japan that offers a luxurious wagyu-beef bowl, reports English-speaking Japanese news site SoraNews24.

Photo Courtesy of SoraNews24

Nestled inside Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the Yoshinoya is found within the food court just before you hit the security checkpoint.

There, you’ll find what’s called the Wagyu Gyuju (Japanese Beef Box) on display in front of the restaurant. At 1,500 yen, about $15 USD, the bowl features made-to-order wagyu beef over a bed of hot white rice served with a bowl of miso soup and a side of pickled veggies.

A hearty order to replenish the spirits of weary travelers.

SoraNews24 notes that this is the only location available to the public that serves wagyu beef. The only other spot that offers this quality of meat lies inside the National Parliamentary Diet building, which is only accessible to government officials or civilians on a tour.

If I ever end up flying into the Haneda Airport, I’ll have to give this place a shot. It’s not every day you’ll be able to taste a Yoshinoya bowl that’s made with wagyu beef. I can gorge myself on ramen after.

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Animals Feel Good

American Wagyu Producer Helps Veterans Transition Following Military Service

While it may not have the marbling or prestige of the Japanese version, American wagyu beef is still a high-quality meat that takes a lot of TLC to raise. One producer, KC Cattle Company, also produces their wagyu with a heartwarming mission: to help military veterans get back up on their feet.

Photo courtesy of KC Cattle Company

Owned by former Army Ranger Patrick Montgomery, the farmers and ranch hands that tend to KC’s cattle are also all veterans. For Montgomery, it’s a way to help them find footing once they’re released from military service.

“It’s tough transitioning from the military to the civilian world and going back to college,” Montgomery divulged. “There’s a lot of veterans that don’t have a good support system when they get out or their only plan is to go back to school.”

After getting his degree in meat science from the University of Missouri, Montgomery started the cattle company after discovering how he and other veterans felt taking care of the cows.

“I found peace while I was out working with cattle, and I fell in love with it,” he said. “I saw the benefit that it would have when my veteran friends were transitioning out of the military. I saw how it helped them, just being out here and working with the cattle and having a purpose again. A lot of the guys we work with are trying to find their next path in life, and so we’re either that next step or a transition with that good environment that’s helpful and pushes you to find that next thing that you’re truly passionate about.”

american wagyu beefPhoto courtesy of KC Cattle Company

For Montgomery and his workers, finding that level of peace helps both them and the quality of the cattle they raise. The attention to detail his crew gives to the herd makes a huge difference in the final beef to the point that BBQ competition teams ask for their briskets when they’re in Kansas City for a major contest.

“We truly believe in providing a low-stress environment,” he said. “You can absolutely tell the difference between an animal that’s going crazy and one of ours that’s nice and calm, cool and collected the entire time they’re here. We try to model our finishing feed as close as possible to what the Japanese do for their wagyu beef. We use a wagyu Holstein mix… the marbling potential is almost as good, the melting temperature is a little higher.”

KC Cattle Company invests a lot into the care they give both their employees and cattle, but that doesn’t mean they charge absurd amounts for their beef. While a lot of companies sell American wagyu or “Kobe” at a lofty price point, Montgomery’s beef comes at a pretty solid cost. His ground beef goes for $9.99 a pound, cheaper than several American wagyu competitors that charge anywhere from $15-$30 for the same quantity.

“We wanted our prices to reflect what the cattle actually costs us, we don’t want to rip people off,” Montgomery said. “We felt like that was a good way to give back to the customer, we’re proud of our product, but not so proud that we want to rip people off.”

A chunk of Montgomery’s market comes from places like California and the East Coast, where people are looking for the higher-quality cuts to indulge on more often. While folks in his hometown aren’t as keen to spend over $20 on a cut of steak, they often come once for the veteran-owned message, and stay with it once they learn how good the beef is.

KC Cattle Company does have nationwide shipping available for the contiguous United States, with an online store set up to get your steaks from.

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Grocery Packaged Food

Costco Is Low-Key Selling A TON Of A5 Wagyu Beef On Their Website

A5 wagyu beef is considered to be one of the most expensive meats on the planet. Prized for its exquisite marbling and incredible fat quality, a slice of this steak almost melts away the instant it hits your tongue. While it may seem that you can only find it at the most select of restaurants in this country, it’s actually low-key accessible to almost anyone, thanks to Costco.

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On their online store, you can find an assortment of A5 and other variants of wagyu for sale. In terms of the A5 quality, there’s center cut New York Strips, Filet Mignons, and whole tenderloin roasts available. Of course, since this is Costco, they’re all available in bulk, with the smallest available package of filet mignon weighing 2 pounds. That amount costs $430, which is pricey, but worth the incredible flavor and buttery texture of A5 wagyu.

Costco’s selection of A5 is imported from Japan and procured by a company called Authentic Wagyu, LLC. They have relationships with the USDA-approved processing facilities in Japan that allow them to procure these cuts and sell them to companies like Costco.

For us, that means there’s always going to be availability of the A5 wagyu beef. So if we want to treat ourselves to one of the world’s top-notch steaks, it doesn’t require a reservation months in advance.

Thanks to Costco, one of the world’s best meats is now obtainable for just about anybody. We just need a Costco membership and the cash to splash out on it.