If you have ever eaten a McDonald's McRib you probably have wondered about the same just like the rest of us: How the hell they make these weird ribs that are not ribs and taste so delicious? What kind of sorcery is this? Wonder no more. This is how they do it, from raw materials to finished sandwich—in 10 steps.
1. Get the boneless pork meat
McDonald's says it's just boneless pork picnic. No bone, just meat.
2. Grind it
3. Add salt, water, and preservatives
McDonald's says it only adds salt, water, and regular meat preservatives: BHA (or Butylated Hydroxyanisole, an anti-oxydant found in "food, food packaging, animal feed, cosmetics, rubber, and petroleum product), Propyl Gallate (also "added to foods containing oils and fats to prevent oxidation"), and Citric Acid.
4. Shape it using that weird fake rib mold
5. Spray it with water
They do this so it doesn't lose water before the flash freezing.
6. Flash freeze it
They package the result and send it to their restaurants in boxes.
7. In the restaurant, cook it on this hot thingamajig
8. Marinate it in McRib BBQ sauce
Curiously enough, they put the McRib patties in the sauce after they are cooked. Which is weird, because that way it won't get much of the flavor in.
9. Toast the buns
10. Assemble the sandwich with onions and pickles
Look at the alien rib thing spilling all over everything. I want one of these hot messes in my mouth right now.
Curious about how to make other fast food? Check out Sploid's Casey Chan exclusive report on how KFC makes its fried chicken.