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Can You Spot the Real Meat?

Here is George Washington demanding shaved meat from a fellow patriot. (No, really.)
Here is George Washington demanding shaved meat from a fellow patriot. (No, really.)

What's more patriotic for a red-blooded American to do on the Fourth of July than eat meat? Grill it, barbecue it, broil it, fry it, tie it to the end of a bottle rocket and shoot it in to the sky (don't really do that last one): Meat is glorious!

Except when it's fake. And as we all know, those fake meat infiltrators are getting better and craftier at disguising their vegan chicanery. So here's your task this Fourth of July: Find the real meat in the photos below and unmask those unpatriotic pretenders!

(Note: We really do love vegetarians and vegans, so close the angry email you were penning in Gmail and get back to the picture hunt.)

Starting with the city that started it all in 1776, can you guess which of these Philly cheese steaks is authentic and which one is an impostor?

Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Lisa B
Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Cyndie

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Answer : The first photo was of a Philly cheese fake. The tortilla chips and salsa should have been your tip-off.

Next, can you guess which of the open-faced steak sandwiches below is the real deal?

Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Jason
Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Kim Ahlström

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Answer : The first photo was the fake steak. The sprouts on the real steak sandwich fooled you, didn't they? CARNIVORES LIKE SPROUTS TOO.

Next, fajitas -- whether real or fake -- aren't always served on a sizzling comal, sadly. Can you guess which of these poorly plated mounds of fajita beef isn't a mentiroso?

Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Lena Zuniga
Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Howard Walfish

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Answer : The second photo was of the fake fajitas. See how deceptive Morningstar Farms can be?

The better Soyrizo gets at making fake, soy-based chorizo, the more difficult it's becoming to tell it apart from the real stuff. It even tastes the same. I know!

Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Dave 77459

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Answer : The first photo was of the chorizo mentiroso . Even fake, it looks tasty though.

Next up, the mighty hamburger. Can you tell which of these is real and which is an entirely vegan monstrosity?

Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Noema Perez

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Answer : Believe it or not, that sad-looking little burger in the first shot is the real one. I think I'd prefer the vegan version...

Last but not least, ribs. You'd think -- with bones and all -- that it would be easy to spot the faker here. But the clever use of seitan makes it tough to tell sometimes...

Can You Spot the Real Meat?
Photo by Marcelo Teson

Answer: Yes, it's the plate with the better-looking corn-on-the-cob -- the second photo -- that holds the fake, seitan ribs.

Now that you're armed with the skills to tell real meat from fake, go out there and protect our Fourth of July barbecues and backyard grill-outs from commie impostors, patriot! Make Uncle Sam proud.



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