Sunday, February 19, 2006

Deconstructing McRib

With McDonald's announcement of McRib's "Farewell Tour" I got the idea that I should do a little McRib research before it disappears forever.

I've since concluded that McRib isn't going anywhere and that the announcement is just a marketing ploy, but I've undertaken my 'experiment' nonetheless.

I've posted the (scary?) photos of my McRib Deconstruction, along with some historical and nutritional information here.

Order your copy today!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care what it looks like. It a good sandwich...

2/19/2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

oh man, that's gross.

2/22/2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Dave Davids said...


BTW Lindsey, you are cute. Call me.

2/24/2006 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it 1981 OR state both; one in the text and another date in the 'facts block'

2/25/2006 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its good to.
Can't get enough of it.

3/15/2006 12:34 PM  
Blogger doodlebird said...

it kinda turns my stomach, and it kinda makes me want one.
i do love me some mcrib-lets.

3/21/2006 1:45 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Absolutely the worst fast food ever!

Retire the McRib

4/13/2006 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eh, it's not so bad [McRib Patty: Boneless pork (Pork, water, salt, dextrose, citric acid, BHA, TBHQ)]. I make boneless pork roasts all the time at home. At least it doesn't say pork by-product.

7/05/2006 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is disgusting. Here is a perfect homemade substitute. Get a nice thick(1.5") pork steak. Grill it gently until done. Remove from heat. Slice the pork steak diagonally the thinnest you can(get a sharp knife!). When you have your pile of thinly sliced pork steak, put into a small pot with about a third of a bottle of Bullseye original sauce and a shot of hot water(to thin out the bbq sauce slightly). Simmer covered on low heat for an hour. On to the assembly.Take a hoagy bun,slightly toasted, place on the bottom half a good handfull of thinly sliced white onions, and 5 or 6 pickle slices. Heap the meat on top. Enjoy!

7/19/2006 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't eat these things, McDonalds have specific rules for how long food can sit around and for the McRib they are ignored to a dangerous degree.

They soak for hours and hours in the filty, filthy sauce.

8/03/2006 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best burger at MC Donalds... thanks to Ronald "God" McDonald it's a regular burger here in Germany

9/11/2006 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Vegetarian so it doesnt affect me. But STUFF what it tastes like. Isnt your life more importand than a burger?!? You could get food poisioning from that thing!! (The cows life is more important than people's who are oblivious to the health risks and how creul it is to eat meat anyway) but I think Maccas should be sued for that.

9/29/2006 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stuff it veggie head, no cows are harmed in the production of a PORK sandwich!

10/06/2006 2:01 PM  
Blogger Hoodlum said...

Yes, but is it McRibbed for her pleasure?

10/10/2006 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the McRib! Have you seen It looks like the site is changing. Wonder what's going on?

10/12/2006 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very excited to hear it is coming back, hopefully in my area too this time! Not just in the lower income inner cities...

But let me say something, get those images off your site, if I look at the last 3 images any longer, I won't be able to eat it when it gets here, and I love the McRib!!!

Enjoy it if you find it!

11/03/2006 11:36 AM  
Anonymous McWorker said...

I used to work at the plant that produced the patties. We dreaded McRib time, it was a logistical nightmare. But they taste so, so good. All it consists of is coarse ground lean pork trimmings (i.e. no specific cut) and a little salt with dextrose and preservatives(less than 1% of the last two).
These things are easily screwed up at the store level, but usually they are ordered so much that they aren't held very long.

11/04/2006 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who eat McRib sandwiches should be shot and cut up into little pieces - Look at you fat people brain dead McDonalds fed - you are all slaves for people like me - I don't have to work because stupid people like you are brain dead from McDonalds :) Start thinking about what you pur into your bodies you are what you eat - Eat Death and You will surely Die!

11/08/2006 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE don't ever take Mc Rib off the McDonald's menu!!!!!! MAKE IT STAYS PERMANENT ON THE MENU!!!!

11/12/2006 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its almost as good as Crack... I'm starting to get addicted to the Mcrib.

11/14/2006 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer it over all fast food !!!

11/15/2006 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

random thought: If this sandwich stays on the menu and everyone orders it would people start to die?! I mean marketing has something to do with it, and i'm conserned about the shelf life issue. McDonalds makes people fat.. we all know this... but if this stays will that become worse? i think someone needs to do a study on this. and i for one don't volunteer.

11/20/2006 2:14 PM  
Anonymous BWhite said...

I purchased a McRib on 11/15/06...the bread was molded after I had eaten half I seen the mold...I became sick and was diagnosed with food poisioning..I contact the corp office...nothing has been done and the mgr still has not called me. I was ill for three days and have a medical bill!!! B. White Dallas,Tx 972-222-6119

11/27/2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After all the hype I just had to try this sandwich. I'm not a usual fast food eater but do like it on occasion. I have to say, it is overrated and I felt ill for hours after I ate it. The good news is I am cured of McDonalds.

12/01/2006 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are what you eat.....So EAT up!

12/02/2006 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Jawlz said...

Doesn't that look just delicious?!?? :P

Just kidding, though in truth it doesn't really look all that
different than a well done pork chop except that it was squished into
its form. Very much like chicken nuggets (they're not like chicken
strips, they're all sqished and pressed into their shape too).

As far as the person who says they leave them sitting in the bbq sauce for hours, from my experience that isn't the case - they usually slather them up in it when you order. I know this because I usually order them without the pickles and onions (ie a plain mcrib, but with the sauce), and once got it just plain (no pickles, no onions, and alas, no sauce), which wouldn't be feasibly doable if they were sitting in a big jug of sauce from the get go.

And RE the 'go make your own sliced pork bbq sandhich' comment, lots of us don't have time to spend over an hour making a sandwich (your recipe called for roasting in a pan for an hour!). I myself love cooking, and very often am cooking my own food, making new recipes, trying out other recipes, etc., but sometimes I don't have the time or inclination to do that. Hence fast food (which really isn't all that horrible if you're only eating it on occasion).

Anyways, one or two each time they do one of their mcrib tours won't kill me! :D And.... come on. They taste SO DAMNED GOOD!

1/11/2007 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think looking at these pictures, it kinda turns me off a burger I have and probably never will eat. I live in Australia, and we get the WORST McDonalds menu. Although we've got the McOz. And I'm just here to say, you wanna sign a petition? GIVE AUSTRALIA A BETTER MACCAS MENU!!! We're sick of a maximum 6 - 8 selections at one time!!!

1/14/2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger Dick Ruthless said...

to the people that said they got old or spoiled McRibs:
It all depends what McDonalds you go to. Generally McDonalds' in busy city areas, in malls, transport stations, near highway offramps, rest stops, etc will be poor quality on average. A McDonalds in a quieter residential area, university cafeteria, and the like will usually be a little better, though can still be bad. I have no idea what McDonald's is like in other countries besides the States, but I imagine that they are generally only found in the bigger cities, and not in the residential city areas, suburbs, small towns, etc. So you can only get "busy-city McDonalds", the worst, most half-assed McDonalds of them all. Makes it even worse, of course, but to be honest, Mickey D's isn't all that great at it's best. I doubt that many people would actually RATHER eat a Big Mac instead of a nice homemade burger, but who has the time to cook? "Convienience over quality" should be the national motto of the various post-industrial nations.

Anyway, I kinda like the chicken nuggets...

2/25/2007 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a healthier compromise (still yummy and yet easy to heat and eat) --
I have always suspected there is more soy in fast food burgers than actual meat (cheap filler). Why not go all the way and try these? Gardernburger Riblets taste like McDonald's riblets, IMO, and don't contribute to the "Supersize Me" syndrome!

(No, I don't work for Gardenburger. =p )

2/28/2007 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when that came out; I was in high school and there was a McDonalds across the street. I tool one bite and threw it in the garbage... then went to the counter and bought a Big Mac. That was the most disgusting thing that I have ever eaten. Now, I haven't eaten at McDonalds in about 10 years... I made sure that when I bought my house it had a kitchen in it; and I eat only real food and not processed garbage.

5/09/2007 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't eat the Mcrib! I was up all night with vomiting and diarrhea after eating that sandwich. That thing is seriously unnatural?

11/03/2007 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11/03/2007 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I have been confused by the McRib my whole life. I never understood how ribs could be in a sandwich, and if there are no bones in it, why does it look like there are bones in it? Thank you for deconstructing the McRib and proving what I suspected all along: the McRib is gross, LOL! Seriously, it's basically Spam, except instead of pressed into the shape of a tin can, it's pressed into the shape of baby back ribs. I know this sandwich is popular with a lot of people, just as a lot of people really ENJOY salty processed preserved pig parts known as Spam. But I don't want to eat anything that has to have its shape hidden in a meat mold and drenched in a sauce to disguise its true appearance.

11/22/2007 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have eaten one ever and that was way back before they discontinued them. I decided then that I never needed to eat one of those disgusting things again. When they came back I wondered why, considering how gross they were to begin with.

12/28/2007 4:37 PM  
Anonymous mandy said...

I work at McDonald's. I was getting tired of eating their usual food, then the McRib began. I don't know why, but I eat them sometimes when I have my breaks. I know they aren't "real" ribs, but I like the taste. Personally, I can't wait till they are gone because I eat them too much. They are addicting to me. I usually don't eat such fatty food, but these are my weakness and I don't know why. I don't get sick when I eat them, but I have to drink coke with it so I can burp lmao Jeez ...

1/12/2008 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had one today and the "rib" tastes like a butterflied hotdog weiner and the bbq sauce tastes like ketchup. f***ing disgusting. Worse than a hotdog...

3/20/2008 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey this sandwich isint all bad, it does contain aver half of ure total required protein intake!

3/25/2008 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for posting these pictures. All this hype over the McRib almost had me ignoring my conscience and buy this fatty, calorie-packed burger. But after seeing these pictures, I've been set straight.

3/27/2008 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh crap! it's one of those reconstituted crap! There must be some lips, nose, arse and what not in there!!

3/29/2008 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd still eat it.

4/07/2008 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The McRib has always been one of my favourite sandwiches ever--I don't think it looks bad at all--just like minced meat and whatever else. Sometimes real meat looks a lot worse close up! I am hungry looking at it. Of course, only eat it on some rare occasions for health preservation! but love it when you do...

7/01/2008 2:00 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Really interesting. It is an alarming sight up close. Who knows what's in that minced pork?

Thanks for the interesting site. I've added you to my blogroll.

7/24/2008 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmmm.... even the closeup photos are making me drool. I can't wait until November when the McRib comes back again.

8/05/2008 2:54 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

My friend and I think that is like soooo gross.... jeez guyz veggie heads have their rights... but you do too.

10/20/2008 8:04 PM  
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10/23/2008 11:17 AM  
Anonymous brittany said...

eww thats so gross!!! how could anyone eat that???

1/16/2009 7:31 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

By looking at the insides of this sandwich honestly I wouldn't bother to stop and try it for nothing in the world look at it it's looks disgusting, I'll just rather stick to a better looking sandwich like a Whopper or a Bacon doble with cheese please! won't you agree with me?

3/05/2009 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Smallfriechef. said...

Gotta Love The McRib!
I have eaten ribs prepared every style known to mankind and then some. That sandwich rates! When they came out with that sandwich, they opened my wallet and gave me another place to dive into my favorite food. Besides I wasn't one of those kids back in school that got sick when they showed close ups of common items under high magnification. I think it reminds me of the cheese the moon is made of, and that's yummy also. Visit http://Astronautslandonthecheeseball.yum

5/11/2009 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, i always remember this sanwhich being amazing but then when im eating it im like wait wahhhhhhhatttttt the heck am i DOING!!! HA HA HA oh wel i love it and like mcdonalds once said BA DA BA DA BA im loving it!


6/29/2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger James said...

Ahhh god that's making me hungry... Man, I gotta get me one soon.

7/31/2009 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the person who said it tastes like a hot dog. A hot dog with barbecue sauce. Not gross, but not something I crave.

9/10/2009 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Carey said...

Gee, what a shock!
So Mcdonalds is making disgusting, highly-processed foods to feed to their fat, disgusting customers???
What else is new?

11/07/2009 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please bring the McRib back even if it is just a yearly thing in February or pick a month. It would be something to look forward once a year for a week or so or the whole month.

Please, Please, Please.

A McRib Lover and I know I am not alone.

1/07/2010 9:25 AM  

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