What's Inside a McRib Sandwich?

McRib sandwiches have been a cult favorite of McDonald's lovers since they were first introduced in 1981. But what exactly is inside this beloved sandwich? According to McDonald's, the main ingredients are ground boneless pork shoulder, water, spices, dextrose, sugar and preservatives. However, Chicago Magazine reported that the sandwich also contains restructured meat products such as heart, calluses and scalded stomach. The McRib is a barbecue-flavored pork sandwich that is regularly sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's. It is made from restructured meat, even though it's shaped like a real rib.

The pie used in the McRib sandwich in the past was made from composite ground pork shoulder. The hamburger, which contains pork, water, salt, dextrose and preservatives, is sprayed with water to prevent dehydration during the freezing process. The sandwich is made of a restructured pork burger, formed into a small rack shaped like ribs, barbecue sauce, white onions and pickles. The McRib was created by Rene Arend and the restructured meat product was developed by Richard Mandigo, a professor at the University of Nebraska.

The sandwich has been reintroduced and discontinued numerous times since its introduction in 1981. Last November, the Humane Society of the United States filed a lawsuit against Smithfield Foods, McCrib's meat supplier at McDonald's, alleging that the meat distributor houses its pigs in unethical farm conditions. The whole sandwich contains 500 calories, 26 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbohydrates and 980 milligrams of sodium. It would be incredibly difficult for McDonald's to create more McRib-style products due to its cult following. When the McRib is in the restaurant and ready to be prepared, it is cooked in a Panini press type machine. So now that you know what's inside a McRib sandwich, do you still find it appetizing or have I taken away your appetite?.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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