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Here's Exactly How A McRib Gets Made

Dang, that sure is a lot of meat...

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McDonald's has started a video series that takes viewers behind the scenes of how McDonald's makes its food.

The videos star former MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara. Most recently, Imahara and a teacher from West Virginia named Wes Bellamy took a tour of Lopez Foods, where the McRib gets made.

The video shows a fairly simple process. The meat gets molded into shape, covered in a few ingredients, and then flash-frozen.

A representative for the Oklahoma-based pork supplier tells Imahara and Bellamy in the video that the only things they put on the meat are…

…Water, salt, a type of sugar called dextrose, and preservatives like BHA, propyl gallata, and citric acid.

After the ingredients are added, the meat rides a conveyor belt where it gets formed into its famous rib-like shape.

McDonald's released this new video in response to the photo on the left, which was posted to Reddit in 2013 and went viral.

The look of a McRib hasn't been the only thing criticized about the McRib over the years, however.

In 2010, the Humane Society of the United States exposed the inhumane treatment of pigs at Smithfield Foods, where the pork for the McRib comes from.

Nevertheless, the walkthrough seemed to satisfy Imahara and Bellamy, who both finished the video by having a bite of their first McRibs.

You can watch the whole walkthrough here and decide for yourself if you'll be buying one as McDonald's rolls them out over the coming weeks.

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