Military Experiments, Food Conspiracies, and the Flintstones: the History of the McRib

You might think the McRib is a questionable fast food cult classic at best, and a BBQ soaked gimmick at worst. But did you know the divisive fast food sandwich’s origins trace back to a military meat experiment, a classically trained European chef, and a chicken nugget shortage? In this episode of History Of, we’re getting (pork) shoulders-deep into the origins of McDonald’s meme-worthy McRib. How did a trip to Charleston help provide the inspiration for the McRib? Why were the Flintstones so integral to the sandwiches resurgence? And what are the biggest conspiracy theories as to why the McRib comes and goes from menus? Host Janae Price covers all this and more, in just over 6 minutes.

Did you know the history of the sex toy dates back millions of years? Or that McDonald’s McRib drew inspiration from the U.S. military? Or, that the modern tailgate might have been invented during a Civil War battle? In History of… Thrillist is taking you through a rapid-fire crash course on some of humankind’s greatest innovations in food, drink, travel, and fun. Hey, if you can keep up, you actually might learn something!

Credits:

Senior Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Associate Producer
Mia Faske

Editorial Assistant/Voice Over
Janae Price

Motion Graphics & Animation
Danna Windsor
Magdalene Kennedy

Senior Designer
Maggie Rossetti

Editor
Brendan Day

Production Coordinator
Charles Ross

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Production
Anna Frangos

Senior Director –
Development & Production
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra V Pace

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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