- Beer is added to hay to help cows digest
- The secret ingredient gives the meat a distinctive flavor
A cattle ranch in Texas has revealed the key ingredient behind its premium beef. The secret is none other than good old-fashioned beer.
The Texas T Kobe ranch in Wallis, Texas, adds beer to the hay its cows feed on. The ranch claims that the yeast in the double IPA helps the cows’ digestive system and improves the flavor and texture of the meat.
Texas T Kobe Ranch says the beer gives its meat a distinctive texture and flavor.
The beer comes from a local brewery that is itself an award-winning company, Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Texas T follows the tradition of Kobe-style beef, a grazing method developed in Japan that raises hormone-free Wagyu cattle.
It is one of the most expensive types of meat and is often considered a delicacy: it can cost up to $100 a pound.
Japanese farmers used to massage their cows or give them beer to achieve the ideal taste.
Ranch owner Gene Terry says his cattle prefer meat-soaked hay to the regular kind.