Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The McRib has developed something of a cult following, but a view of what the McDonald's favorite looks like before it's cooked and slathered in sauce may have lost it a few fans.
A photo allegedly taken by an employee and posted on Reddit showing a frozen McRib has quickly gone viral (and turned stomachs).
Asked to confirm if the photo indeed showed the frozen McRib, the company didn't deny it, instead defending the "meatier McRib experience."
"There are few things more legendary at McDonald’s than the McRib," the company said in a statement. "It is a boneless, seasoned pork patty on a bun with slivered onions, two dill pickle slices and plenty of our sweet, smoky, barbecue style sauce.
One reason our customers love the McRib is its fun and wonderful shape. Just like a burger patty is formed to be round and flat, we form the iconic McRib in the shape of traditional ribs. We then flash freeze the patty to seal in flavor and freshness, just like you freeze meat in your own freezer, before going to our restaurants.
The McRib is also known for its iconic taste, which is why we use a quality cut of pork – pork shoulder – to give our McRib lovers a thicker, meatier McRib experience."
Besides all that meat, a McRib packs in 500 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat, and 890 milligrams of sodium -- nearly the entire recommended daily intake of sodium. Yum!