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McRib or McTripe? Either way, it's back

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 11:39am  ET

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This picture of a frozen McRib has gone viral. (Reddit/Imgur)

WASHINGTON - It's baaaack.

Once again, the McDonald's McRib sandwich has returned. While it officially retired in the 1980s and again in the 1990s, the rectangular sandwich on the oval bun has managed to creep back into the mouths of McDonald's enthusiasts everywhere, almost every year.

Recently, the Golden Arches caught some flack after a photo of a flat, frozen and grayed McRib made it to Reddit. The decidedly unappetizing patty riled up fans as the you-weren't-supposed-to-see-that picture quickly reached viral status.

In an email to The Huffington Post, a McDonald's spokesman defended the food by saying, "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."

Naturally, that just added to the rabble rousing and some news organizations began analyzing the dear, sweet McRib.

McDonald's lists "boneless pork" as the McRib's main ingredient - interesting for a sandwich named after a bone. But, the Atlantic reports, the type of pork traditionally used for this pressed meat dish is tripe, heart and stomach material.

But, with nearly 500 calories and more than 30 percent daily value of sodium, the McRib will stick to your ribs, even if it's never been anywhere near a rib.

McDonalds has the full nutrition details.

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