Just a few days ago I went to McDonald’s for lunch with my dad and noticed the huge display letting me know that the McRib is now available for a limited time, again. Since I couldn’t remember the last time I had one, probably 15 years at least, no joke, I decided to go for it. I ordered myself the medium value meal with a Coke and proceeded to find a booth.
Upon opening the McRib box I immediately came to the conclusion that McDonald’s have world class food stylists because mine sure didn’t look as appetizing as the one on the poster in the lobby. As far as how it tasted, let’s just say that one bite in, I’m positive the previously noted poster slathered with barbeque sauce would taste better than the actual thing. Chalk it up to a moment of weakness I guess… I’m never ordering that again, especially after finding out a few dirty little secrets that hidden under the pickles, onions, and sauce thanks to Google.
I will spare you the boring ones so I’ll just give you the highlights:
We can thank a process called "restructured meat technology" for the McRib. Basically they take a mixture of pork tripe, heart, and scalded stomach and mix it with salt and water to extract protein from the meat in order to hold the McRib together once it is molded into the familiar shape. Did you notice that there aren’t any viable cuts of pork listed in the ingredients?
Animal rights groups have sued the "meat" supplier of the McRib for inhumane treatment of pigs. I tried to watch the undercover video but it was a bit too much for the animal lover in me.
The McRib contains 70 different ingredients including azodicarbonamide that is also used in the production of yoga mats. While only appearing to have only pork, sauce, onions, pickles, and the sesame seed bun, looks sure can be deceiving once again!
The nutritional information for the McRib is….well, you decide: 500 calories, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 26 grams of fat and 980 milligrams of sodium, ouch! I’m surprised that I haven’t suffered either a heart attack or stroke after eating my last McRib ever.