What is in a McRib?

First, let me say that I am somewhat impressed by the McDonald’s marketing team for putting out these videos. We all know that McD’s takes it pretty hard for the quality of their food – and from folks like myself I even question if it is food. So when McDonald’s puts out a video like this, I am certainly curious:

This is great and honestly I figured the McRib was some sort of cyborg-food: pork that was once pork but has since morphed into some sort of frozen pork like substance. The fact that this is just pork with sugar added, essentially, is somewhat impressive. Of course, I don’t want the sugar, either.

But let’s not forget that the “McRib Pork Patty”, as it is referred to on the McDonald’s ingredient list, is not the only item on the sandwich.

We have the McRib bun: Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Corn Meal, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Barley and Malt Syrup, Wheat Gluten, Leavening (Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), May Contain One or More Dough Conditioners (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Calcium Peroxide), Calcium Propionate (Preservative).

And the McRib sauce: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Natural Smoke Flavor (Plant Source), Modified Food Starch, Salt, Sugar, Spices, Soybean Oil, Xanthan Gum, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili Pepper, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Caramel Color, Beet Powder.

When we look at the sandwich as a whole, on top of the seven ingredients in the meat (Pork, Water, Salt, Dextrose, Preservatives (BHA, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid) there are a total of 37-45 ingredients in the entire sandwich (and onion and pickles make a possible 47 ingredients). I understand that there is a cost to mass food production and that cost comes in the form of preservatives, but I continue to go back to why eat cheap, fast food? Why not take care of you body and put in good quality food.

And why does my sandwich need sugar added four separate times?

Yep, I am impressed at how few ingredients are in the actual McRib patty thing, but not impressed at the additional 40 ingredients in the remainder of the sandwich.

Here is an alternative:

Take some pork at home and slow cook it. There are tons of recipes you can use to give the pork a little flavor, but it isn’t necessary. Then make your own BBQ sauce, like this recipe. For a side add some homemade coleslaw (coleslaw mix from the store and homemade mayo: use this recipe). Add some pickles and onion if you wish, but you have yourself a really good meal and all for about 20 ingredients. Hell of a lot better for you than a McRib and french fries.

I just so happens that is what we are having tonight. Can’t wait!

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2 comments on “What is in a McRib?

  1. Betty Rawker says:

    Thanks so much for linking to my Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe! I have to agree, DIY BBQ is the only way to go!!

    Cheers!!
    Betty Rawker

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