McRib. It’s Back.

McRib. It's Back.

Just in time for Halloween, McDonald’s resurrects the McRib sandwich. Some think this machine-formed mechanically-separated pork product is the Frankenstein of fast food, but Francis Lam once praised it as an “important advancement in Postmodern Simulacra Cuisine.” Japan has Kanikama (imitation crab); America has McRib.

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Image (“What McRibs Are Made Of”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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One Response to “McRib. It’s Back.”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “Oh man alive you will not believe what’s in the McRib,” Jess Zimmerman, Grist

    “What’s the McRib made of, anyway?” The Week

    “McFib? The Conditions at McDonald’s McRib Pork Supplier,” James McWilliams, The Atlantic

    “The Invention of the McRib and Why It Disappears from McDonald’s,” Whet Moser, Chicago Magazine

    “McRib Lawsuit Pits Humane Society Against Smithfield Farms, McDonald’s Over Animal Welfare,” Huffington Post

    “A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage,” Willy Staley, The Awl

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