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Sep 21, 2006 05:37 PM

McRib: will it ever return, now that McD's is revamping its 'healthy image?

I cannot precisely recall the last McRib I've eaten, but surely its been within the last 5 years. Much like a saucy ex-girlfriend fondly-yet-falsely recalled thru the distortions of time, I seem to get nostalgic for the McRib's sweet chemical funk every now and again, mainly because it is unobtainable on a regular basis. The first 3 or 4 bites provide a hit of familiarity and perhaps satisfaction, but with each successive chaw, the 'meat' texture begins to feel like what I imagine plane crash survivors on frozen andean mountaintops must resort to consuming. It even seems to expand in the mouth as one masticates. I don't think I've ever finished an entire McRib. But I think I want one. Question: is the McRib seasonal, and if so, what season? Or perhaps now with their 'healhty' salads and apple slices pushed to the front, McD's now relegates the messy McRib to the forgotten attic, where crazy uncles go to live out their days. Gone for good, or just locked away?

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  1. I can't answer that, but I too am attracted and repulsed by the McRib. It's that unique-textured spongy meat and the disgusting-ness of the sticky sauce.

    It screams I am not healthy. I am not organic. I may not even be food. You got a problem with that?

    Let's not forget the squishy, soft bread that makes the generic slices of balloon bread served at many BBQ's look artisan by comparison. A touch of genius.

    I want to meet the team that created the McRib. Certainly no one person thought it up. It defines the results of a team effort.

    After trying it for the first time, I thought that it was one of the worst products every created, I buy it every promotion.

    I though, have eaten a whole McRib. Once I ate two. I want one now.

    My name is rworange. I am a McRib eater.

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    1. re: rworange

      Yes, to all you've confessed! Within moments of unwrapping the McRib from it's paper shroud, I think to myself: "Hey, it's kinda small. Maybe they've shortened it. But by bite # 5, I'm wondering as to just what point my esophagus will wisen up and rebel with a violent gag reflex. And that hauntingly hued sauce, visually so much like an unholy marriage of molasses and blood! The McRib is an urban legend brought to life, like zombie food. And like you, I want one...

      1. re: rworange

        Extremely funny, because you are so true. The McRib is the best pseudo-BBQ, pseudo-pork (I hope!), pseudo-food. It definitely gives Soylent Green a run for its money... wait, didn't the Soylent Corporation buy McDonalds a few years ago? McRib is People!

        1. re: Sacto_Damkier

          Haven't you noticed their employee handbooks at each location? "To Serve Man?" (sorry Mr. Serling, couldn't help myself)

        2. re: rworange

          you mean i'm not the only one? Thank god.

          1. re: rworange

            Love the McRib. I hear it's coming back again! Check out Not sure what's going on, but it looks like something. Anybody know?

          2. Yes, the Simpsons captured it perfectly in the "Ribwich" episode. That rush of sensation when it hits the tongue.

            It is disgusting, but it's also inviting. I haven't eaten one for over ten years, but after reading this post I can remember the exact flavor. I want one- even though I KNOW that when I finish eating it I will be regretting the decision.

            I want one. But I don't want them to bring it back

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            1. re: jrsmoltz

              Yes ... McDonald's virtue ... they save us from ourselves by only offering it occassionally ... or perhaps they need to wait for a new generation after killing off the old McRib eaters.

              "visually so much like an unholy marriage of molasses and blood!

              Lovely. I'll have that in my mind if there is a next time for the McRib. It should be the advertising slogan.

              I don't suppose posting on home cooking about how to make one at home would produce results. I'm sure nothing natural goes into these. You never see McRib on those sites or in the books that duplicate restaurant recipes. It is impossible to re-create outside the laboratory.

              1. re: rworange

                Oh! Count me in as a McRib Lover - yes I will admit it! I myself have found a pretty close at home substitute - try the Garden Burger Riblets. They are shaped like the McRib, complete with the "bones" and with the same pseudo-meat texture. Put it on a bun with sliced white onions & pickles, and it's pretty darn close - and at least healthier.

                1. re: Angel Food

                  I was going to say the same thing :). The Gardenburger Riblets are pretty close. I usually grab one from the freezer section whenever I feel a whiff of McRib nostalgia coming on.

                  1. re: adventuresinbaking

                    Thanks for the tip on the Gardenburger riblets. I have tried the Boca Burger riblets and those are good too.

            2. Yes, it's like coming on the scene of a horrible accident yet you have to keep looking!

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              1. re: monkuboy

                I love you all, I also have a McRib fetish. It got to be combo of BBQ sauce made with old soda syrup, the astringent pickles and the pulverized sesame seed bun. If one disassembles the sandwich (not recommended, but either is eating it) you can see the outline of bones, but biting into it reveals no bones. Is this liquid bone? Space age polymer? I imagine it is a result of some kind of mold, but this means there is a McRib Gun that injects, some kind of McRib paste. This McRib gun could be considered a WMD. I just threw up in my mouth a little.


                1. re: monkuboy

                  lol, I remember that thing. However, I also remember I took one bite and thought, EWWWWWWWW, then quickly tossed it out and forgot all about it til NOW!

                2. When my older brother worked at McDonalds in the late 70s and McRib was first launched I remember him telling me about the sandwich and the fake McRiblet bones that they molded the pork "meat" cutlet into. We laughed hysterically until we cried at why they made a pork meat patty with fake bones and then started thinking about the McRib molds that molds the meat into that shape at the McRib factory and that got us laughing even harder. I don't know maybe it's just our wacky sense of humor but still to this day I laugh when thinking about the McRib sandwich.

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                  1. re: davinagr

                    I wonder if the McRib machine is broken and that's why they're not offering it? Sign the petition:

                    How much fun would it be to have that mc rib mold and be able to make a mc rib out of ANYTHING!?

                    For your late afternoon enjoyment, it's mc rib time:

                  2. I just googled MC Rib. Wow, who knew.



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