What’s Really Inside a Slim Jim [Watch]

Slim Jim

No matter where you live, chances are you’ll spot some Slim Jims in your local checkout line. They’re the classic American meat stick snack, but have you ever wondered — what’s inside one of those things?

It’s time to face reality, folks. The “meat” part of Slim Jims is ground up, very low grade meat. It’s also filled out by “mechanically separated chicken,” aka the pink slime McDonald’s supposedly doesn’t use in their nuggets. And that’s not all — Slim Jims are full of corn, wheat and soy proteins as well as lots and lots of salt. Sodium nitrate can also be found in there, preventing botulism and keeping the meat stick an appealing reddish color.

Check out all the, er, appetizing details in the video below:

Still not grossed out? Then whip up some Slim Jim meatballs ya fool.

H/T Wired + Picthx Facebook


Slim Jims Get Transformed into Meatball Cake Pops

Slim Jim Meatballs

Forget about spaghetti-stuffed meatballs (even though they’re crazy delish), because we’ve discovered a mega curveball in this tasty game. George Duran of YouTube’s Hungry concocted a variety made from Slim Jims. Genius? Aww yeah.

Besides being a handy option for eating meat on-the-go, who knew SJ’s could be eaten any other way?! George did. The niblets are a mixture of eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, onion, parsley, pork sausauge and, of course, Mr. Slim Jim.

So whether you’ve got a few extra snack packs laying around, or you don’t want to spring for a super expensive slab of meat, Slim Jims could be the key to tonight’s gourmet-esque dinner.

Check out how these bad boys are made below:

H/T Neatorama + PicThx YouTube


Snap Into a Chocolate-Covered Slim Jim!

I remember when wrestling story lines meant something, brother! I’m talking Wrestlemania V.  (I know what you’re thinking, but I already checked. It’s not on Netflix).  The Mega Powers had split up and were going head-to-head in the main event to settle their feud over Miss Elizabeth.  I guess that was before they invented the concept of “Bros before Hos.”

In the end, Hulk Hogan‘s Big Boot defeated Macho Man’s Savage Elbow securing Hogan the WWF Championship yet again. (I was 6 at the time, and a professed Hulk-a-maniac, so to me it was awesome. Don’t act like you didn’t love it, too.)

You all know why two of the best dressed men in wrestling are on my mind: Macho Man Randy Savage has gone up to that big wrestling ring in the sky. But his legend lives on, certainly as a great performer, but more recently as the spokesman for Slim Jim, the smoked snack stick. So in memory of one of wrestling’s greats, I bought a pack of Slim Jim snack sticks…and promptly covered them in chocolate. Can you dig it?

The ingredients and directions for this particular recipe are slim-ilar (get it!?!) to my many chocolate-covered posts on The Cereal Baker: simple and easy.

Snap Into a Chocolate-Covered Slim Jim


– 1 can of Slim Jim snack sticks

– chocolate baking bark


1. Unwrap each Slim Jim and cut them in half.
2. Melt the baking bark.
3. Dip the Slim Jim halves into the melted bark.
4. Stick those beasts into the fridge to harden.

You know how when you bite, excuse me, SNAP into a Slim Jim it has that casing on it, and it’s all chewy? It’s like that but with chocolate. Ooooh yeah!


Superbowl Snack Food Stadium

The crazy FoodBeasts over at HolyTaco have put together this amazing Snack Food Stadium for the big game coming up! This stadium encompasses all the major food items for a perfect game, including guacamole grass, cheese and salsa end zones, Chex Mix fans, Vienna Sausage players, Twinkies Stands, Slim Jim goal posts and cheese player helmets. If you’re interested in the logistics, they put up the entire recipe with detailed pictures on their website!