The McRib is getting a McRibbing.
An anonymous TikTok user — and supposed McDonald’s employee — who goes by @thatonedepressedginger recently posted a video that claims to show how the popular, limited-edition sandwich is “cooked and stored.”
In the video, as rapper Capone’s 2005 song “Streets Favorite” plays in the background, gloved hands are shown handling frozen slabs of spackle-gray McRibs before cooking, then placing them rib-side-up on a grill. They later reveal messy warming trays where the sauce-drenched product is reportedly stored.
The poster’s caption uses one word to describe the scene: “Nasty.” The video, which was liked by 85,000 people and shared more than 10,700 times, brought thousands of comments, many from horrified viewers. Feedback ranged from “so we been eating cardboard,” “we eatin bricks now?” and “sir that’s packing foam” to a commenter who asked, “Did anyone eat Salisbury steaks out of a TV Dinner growing up. what’s the difference?”
A number of others, claiming to be McDonald’s employees past and present, faulted the worker for their cooking and cleaning skills. “I used to work at McDonald’s and we cleaned our grill every time we cooked something and cleaned our trays,” wrote one, adding, “you do have time to clean.” Another faulted the chef for placement: “You cooked them wrong they are supposed to be cooked rib side down.”
Still others — apparently taking advantage of the mythical meat’s reappearance on menus earlier this month — decided that the maligned sandwich deserved a break today. “As long as it taste good and I can consume and digest it’s perfect for me,” wrote one commenter. Another was much more enthusiastic about still lovin’ it, writing, “I don’t care!! They are soooooo good!!!”
The McRib — made of boneless pork engulfed with barbecue sauce and topped with onions and pickles, then served on a roll — was first introduced in 1982. Its reappearance this month was the first nationwide distribution of the sandwich since 2012.
“The McRib has been a beloved menu item at McDonald’s since its inception nearly 40 years ago,” said vice president of menu innovation Linda VanGosen upon its re-release. “There’s nothing quite like the taste of the McRib. To our customers, it’s become more than a delicious, saucy moment . . . it’s a season, and it’s taking the internet by storm. That’s why this year, we’re proud to serve the McRib nationwide for everyone to enjoy.”