McDonald’s has released a new video showing the step-by-step process of how McRib sandwiches are made.
The behind-the-scenes video below, titled “Our Food. Your Questions. What Are McRib Patties Made Of?” takes viewers inside the Lopez Foods production facility in Oklahoma City where chunks of pork are ground down, the Daily Mail reports.
The fast-food giant came under heavy criticism last year after a photo of a frozen McRib patty went viral on the Internet.
The video is part of a marketing campaign that McDonald's launched in the U.S. to shed light on its often-criticized food sourcing and processing methods.
In the five-minute film, Kevin Nankes, vice president of Lopez Foods, takes Grant Imahara, former host of the TV show, “Mythbusters,” on a tour of the factory.
Wes Bellamy, a school teacher who promised he would never eat McDonald’s again after he saw the photo of the “disgusting” McRib on Twitter last fall, was also invited to join the tour.
The video begins by showing the main ingredient of the McRib, boneless pork shoulders. Bellamy is seen examining a trough of shoulders.
"There's no bones, no gristle; it's all meat," Imahara says.
Next, they go to the grinding machines, where the large cuts of pork are ground.
An employee adds salt, water, dextrose, a type of sugar, and three preservatives: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate and citric acid.
Nankes says the preservers are used to “lock in the flavor.”
He continues: ''After this is mixed, we going to form it into the McRib shape ... that resembles a rack of ribs.”
Footage shows several preformed McRibs reeling off the production line.
A mist of water is sprayed to prevent it from dehydrating during the flash-freezing process.
The patties marinate in barbecue sauce and are served in a bun, topped with pickles and onions.
According to McDonald’s ingredient list, the barbecue sauce alone contains: high fructose corn syrup, water, tomato paste, grape vinegar, distilled vinegar, salt, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), food starch-modified, spices, dextrose, soybean oil, natural smoke flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, caramel color, garlic powder, cellulose gum, dried chili peppers, malice acid, natural flavor (fruit and vegetable source), onion powder, sodium benzoate (preservative), succinic acid.
By the end of the video, Imahara and Bellamy, who claim they have never tasted a McRib in their life, appear to enjoy the 500-calorie sandwich, licking their fingers and asking for seconds.