American Wagyu Black™ Grade

Plate Short Ribs

American Wagyu Black™ Grade

Plate Short Ribs


Snake River Farms American Wagyu short ribs are one of our most distinctive products. Our BBQ friends like to call them "dinosaur ribs" because of their massive size and primal appearance.

Average weight: 6 lbs.

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Snake River Farms short ribs are 6 pounds of rich, delectable beef. Short ribs were one of the most requested items from our customers, and we wanted to offer an American Wagyu version in a big way, quite literally.

Beef short ribs are  larger and meatier than their popular pork counterparts. Our American Wagyu Short Ribs are Plate Short Ribs (NAMP 123A series for you beef experts) and are sourced from the plate primal located below the ribs. These ribs are highly marbled, meaty and unusually delicious.

Each package contains 1, 3-bone slab that can be prepared as fancy or simple as you’d like. Try them long-cooked in the classic French dish pot-au-feu, seasoned with Korean spices or slow-smoked barbecue style. No matter how you cook them, these giant American Wagyu beauties will be part of a memorable feast.



Short ribs are sourced from the first five rib bones in the beef chuck (shoulder). The name comes from the fact these ribs are physically shorter than the remaining eight ribs used for steaks and roasts. The primary muscle that makes up short ribs is the serratus ventralis


This is a natural product and actual weights may vary by +/- .5 lbs

Beef Grading 101

These ribs are American Wagyu Black Grade, rated 6 to 8 on the Japanese Beef Marbling Score (BMS)

Beef sold in the U.S. is graded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There are eight total grades and the top grade is USDA Prime.

All Snake River Farms American Wagyu beef grades above Prime. Special breeds of cattle like Japanese Wagyu are capable of producing marbling beyond their American counterparts. To grade this high level of marbling, we adopted the Japanese Beef Marbling Score.

Using BMS, beef marbling is measured on a scale from 1 to 12, with a 1 being Select beef and a 12 being the highest level of marbling possible.

BMS 4 to 5     USDA Prime

BMS 6 to 8     SRF Black Grade

BMS 9+           SRF Gold Grade




Beef short ribs are also called plate short ribs and come from the plate primal. This is located on the underside of the animal directly beneath the rib primal. The plate rib section contains between two and five ribs. The main muscle in the plate short ribs is serratus ventralis

Fast fact: Plate short ribs are identified as 123A ribs in the NAMPS guide. You'll often hear BBQ and foodie folks refer to these as 123As.

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