It’s obvious that actual ribs aren’t sandwiched between the bun of a McRib. So what is? Well, apparently a lot of heart and sole goes into making the limited edition offering from McDonald’s. Literally.
Several people have dug up the actual ingredients of the McRib and they’re findings might make you delete the McRib Locator you saved in your bookmarks when you heard the sandwich made its way back on to the McDonald’s menu until November 14.
According to TIME’s Meredith Melnick and Chicago Magazine’s Whet Moser, there are roughly 70 ingredients in the limited release McRib. Pork patty, bun, barbecue sauce, pickle Slices and slivered onions are the ones we can see and that are listed as ingredients by McDonalds. The ones we can’t see are a bit more troubling.
Moser explains that the pork patty is actually characterized as a “restructured meat product” that tends to be made of pig heart, scalded stomach and tripe. When these ingredients are cooked with salt and water, proteins are extracted and act as a form of “glue” that helps keep the reshaped “rib” meat together. Melnick breaks down the bun, which is comprised of chemicals like azodicarbonamide, “a flour-bleaching agent most commonly used in the manufactur[ing] of foamed plastics like gym mats and soles of shoes.”
The McDonald’s website describes the McRib as “sweet, tangy, saucy temptation.” Diving a little deeper reveals the sauce-slathered sandwich boasts 500 calories and 26 grams of fat. One the bright side, there is 1 mg of Vitamin C.
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