The Secret of McRib Copycat Recipe

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WTF McRib Copycat Recipe: The McRib goes Modernist

If you love the limited releases of the McRib, then we have amazing news for you! We’ve found the secret ingredient that lets you make your own McRib at home – Sodium Tripolyphosphate. Even better, this simple technique takes just minutes and tastes (dare we say it) way better with fresh pork and our homemade BBQ seasonings. Scott and Janie walk through the recipe for this Golden Arches classic at home… on this week’s WTF.

We Transform Food is a weekly series from Modernist Pantry exploring cool ingredients and gadgets that can help any chef transform food into more memorable experiences.


  • I’d try with chicken rather than pork

  • I want to experiment and see if this would be useful in improving the texture of seitan products and patties made with plant protein.

    • Scott Guerin
      March 16, 2022 4:42 pm

      We have yet to try this with a plant-based protein, but the idea has crossed our minds. Let us know if this works for you.

  • I would like to do the recipe for McRib you just demonstrated

  • I was thinking meatballs; glad you confirmed this would be a good treatment for meatballs.

  • I wasn’t really clear on exactly what the Sodium TriPolyphosphate actually DOES. I understand it’s an emulsifier, but is it just a texture thing in this recipe? Would the meat cook up basically the same way if you just ground it up with spices and cooked??

  • Robert House
    March 18, 2022 2:39 pm

    Use the pork emulsion but Panko-crust it and serve with tonkatsu sauce!

  • Mc Rib nuggets would be a cool appetizer for a party. You could cook them ahead of time, freeze them, and bake them. I’m very interested in what I can do with this product and to tell others about it.

  • David Cherry
    March 22, 2022 8:42 pm

    Looks like a really easy way to make breakfast sausage patties….

  • Hi Jamie,
    I got my Sodium Tripolyphosphate and made the Mp Char Su Ribs sandwich with pickled Daikon Radish and Kimchi. WOW one of the best sandwich so far….

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