How exactly is a McDonald's McRib made?
How A McDonalds McRib Is Made
Nov 08, 2014 at 1:53 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : Food & Restaurants
McDonald’s McRib patty has been likened to things like “packing foam” and “gray IKEA furniture” after one was photographed a year ago on the production line. Well, with a new video taken inside a production facility in Oklahoma City where the patties are made, the fast food giant hopes to set the record straight.
In the clip, Kevin Nankes, vice president of Lopez Foods production facility, takes Grant Imahara from TV show Mythbusters on a tour of his factory.
Also tagging along is Wes Bellamy, a school teacher who had vowed never to eat McDonald’s again after he caught a glimpse of the infamous photo of the “disgusting” McRib surface last fall.
Mr. Nankes begins by showing the main ingredient of the McRib — boneless pork picnic shoulders. Mr. Bellamy is seen rummaging within the heap of shoulders, just to make sure no gristly or bony ones are hidden at the bottom. “This is good”, he pronounces, after his inspection is over.
Next they move on to the grinding machines, where large cuts of pork are turned into pulp, which is then mixed with salt, water, dextrose — a type of sugar — and three preservatives: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate and citric acid. Mr. Nankes explains that the preservers are needed to “lock in the flavor”. “After this is mixed”, he adds, “we are going to form it into the McRib shape… that resembles a rack of ribs.” (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A new video shows how the McDonald’s McRib patty is made, with boneless pork shoulder (pictured) being the main ingredient.
2. Behind-the-scenes takes takes viewers inside the Lopez Foods production facility in Oklahoma City where giant chunks of pork are ground down.
3. The video is part of a massive marketing campaign that McDonald’s launched in the U.S. last month to shed light on its often-criticized food sourcing and processing practices.
4. In the film Kevin Nankes, vice president of Lopez Foods (left), takes Grant Imahara (center) from TV show Mythbusters on a tour of the factory — they are joined by Wes Bellamy (right), a consumer who vowed never to eat McDonald’s after he saw the photo of the ‘disgusting’ McRib on social media last fall.
The video shows dozens of preformed McRibs coming off the production line and being sprayed with a fine mist of water, applied to “maintain moisture” during the flash freezing process. Surprised, Mr. Bellamy admits that the McRibs patties look a lot better than the one he saw on the image online. He added:
It’s different now that I know what actually goes inside of it and I know what the process is in terms of making it. It’s actually good pork.
At the end of the video the McRib patty is put to the test, finished off in a barbecue sauce and served in a bun. Pickles and onions are sprinkled on top. Both Mr. Imahara and Mr. Bellamy, who have never tasted a McRib before, seem to be enjoying the 500-calorie sandwich, licking their fingers and putting in a request for seconds. Mr. Bellamy says:
The sandwich is actually pretty good. It’s actually really good.
It almost looks as some kind of a commercial.
5. First up Mr. Nankes shows the main ingredient of the McRib — boneless pork picnic shoulders.
6. Grinding machines turn the large cuts of pork are into pulp.
7. The mince is then mixed with salt, water, dextrose, a type of sugar, and three preservatives: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate and citric acid.
8. Footage shows preformed McRibs reeling off the production line and being sprayed with a fine mist of water to ‘maintain moisture’ during the flash freezing process.
9. Mr. Bellamy admits that the patties look a lot better than the one he saw online.
10. ‘It’s different now that I know what actually goes inside of it and I know what the process is in terms of making it. It’s actually good pork,’ Mr. Bellamy says.
11. The patty is finished off in a barbecue marinade before being placed in a bun.
12. At the end of the video the McRib is put to the test.
Here is the video itself: