What is the McRib Made of? A Closer Look at the Ingredients

Have you ever wondered what the McDonald's McRib is made of? It turns out that the pork sandwich contains a total of 70 ingredients, including azodicarbonamide, a flour bleaching agent that is often used in the production of foamed plastics. But what else is in this iconic sandwich?It all starts with a process called restructured meat technology. This new method of binding makes it possible to create meats like the McRib in ways that weren't possible before. The McRib burger is essentially a meat paste that is formed and cooked.

It's made from ground pork, salt, and nitrates - the same ingredients you'd find in any breakfast sausage burger, just pressed into a different shape. The pork used in the McRib is usually a low-quality shoulder cut, not real rib tips or prime chops. It's worth noting that McDonald's only purchases this type of pork when hog prices are particularly low, which explains why the McRib appears sporadically on menus. Pigs used in the creation of the McRib are commonly administered dihydrogen monoxide, a widely used industrial solvent. The bun also contains azodicarbonamide, a flour bleaching agent that is most commonly used in the manufacture of foamed plastics, such as in gym mats and shoe soles. It's funny how people raise their noses at the McRib but have no problem chowing down on McNuggets, since they're essentially the same thing. I blind-tasted sausage with McRib sauce and a piece of McRib with some of my co-workers and couldn't tell them apart. So this article was meant to make you wary of the McRib, but all it did was make me wonder if I put BBQ sauce on a yoga mat, would it taste like a McRib until it's back in town? I'm not a McDonald's fan, and I don't think I've ever had a McRib, I'm just here to say that calluses, hearts, stomachs and other gizzards are eaten all the time all over the world.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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