Wagyu 101

Wagyu vs. Angus: What's the Difference?

By Nicholas Fiorentino

Do you know the difference between Wagyu and Angus beef? If not, you're not alone! A lot of people don't know the difference, but it's an important distinction to make when you're shopping for a high-end steak. Wagyu beef is known for its tenderness and rich marbling, while Angus beef is known for its beefy flavor. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between Wagyu and Angus beef, and help you decide which cut is right for you!


Wagyu vs. Angus Beef


Wagyu beef is a type of Japanese beef that is prized for its marbling. Wagyu cattle are bred to have intense marbling, which results in a steak that is incredibly tender and juicy. The downside of Wagyu beef is that it can be quite expensive. Angus beef, on the other hand, is a type of American beef that is known for its flavor. Angus cattle are not bred for marbling, but they do have a lot of muscle, which gives their meat a robust flavor. Angus beef is also less expensive than Wagyu beef.


Choosing Your Steak


So, which one should you choose? It really depends on what you're looking for in a steak! If you're looking for something luxurious with incredibly rich flavor then Wagyu beef is the way to go. If you're looking for something with a strong beef flavor, then Angus beef is the way to go.


Choosing Your Cut of Steak


Once you've decided on Wagyu or Angus, next up you need to select which cut you want to order. The three most popular steaks sold are Ribeyes, Filet Mignon, and New York Strip.


A Ribeye steak is a type of steak that comes from the rib section of the cow. Ribeye steaks are known for their rich flavor and heavy marbling. Customers that don't like a steak with a lot of fat should avoid Ribeyes.


Filet Mignon comes from the tenderloin section of the cow. Filet Mignon steaks are known for their incredible tenderness, as it is taken from the least-worked muscle on the cow's body. The downside of Filet Mignon is that it can lack flavor when compared to other types of steak.


For those somewhere in between, a New York Strip finds a great balance. Cut from the short loin section of the cow, New York Strip steaks have nice marbling while still being quite tender and flavorful.


So, which one should you choose? It depends on what you're looking for in a steak! If you're looking for something rich and flavorful, then Ribeye is the way to go. If you're looking for something incredibly tender, then Filet Mignon is the clear winner. And if you're looking for something that is a good balance of flavor and tenderness, then we encourage you to try a New York Strip.


Final Note


In conclusion, while both Wagyu and Angus beef have their own unique flavor profiles, we refuse to declare one better than the other. It ultimately comes down to personal preference. When shopping at a high-end purveyor like The Meatery you're choosing from extremely high quality meat that comes from reputable farms. We are always happy to help you pick the perfect steak out for you but will never declare one "the best."


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