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Oct 13, 2010 10:29 AM

For those who love it, can someone explain the appeal of the McRib?

With the announcement my McDonald's that the McRib will officially make a limited comeback on November 1, it got me to thinking.

For those who love it, can you explain to me its appeal?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not bashing the McRib.

In fact, I sort of like it sometimes.

If I'm in in the mood I'll order it if it's available, but it's biggest draw for me is that sweet-tangy bbq sauce. And while I enjoy the sauce, I sort of consume it with the attitude you might find in a queasy child partaking of her first bite of escargot -- with a bit of trepidation and blissfull ignorance of not knowing exactly what are in those "ribs" of the McRib patty. To me, at least, it tastes like a meatloaf sandwich slathered with bbq sauce. It's ok, but nothing I crave on any sort of consistent basis.

So what exactly is the appeal for those of you who really enjoy the sandwich?

Is it the sauce (as it is for me)?

The texture of the McRib patty?

Some combo of the above two?

Or, its limited availability and (artificial) exclusivity?

Something else?

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  1. I'm not a big McRib junkie, but I'll have one every now and again when it's in season. I like the sauce and the "meat," but mainly the sugary sauce.

    1. Never had a mcrib but always wanted to try it, so will have to make an effort to drop by Mcdonalds and give it a try.

      1. Gosh, haven't had one in AGES, but when I did...it was mainly because it was a different option, know what I mean? I never feel like eating McD's hamburgers too much since I'm not big on how they taste outside of a Big Mac, and I don't always feel like eating a Big Mac. Their chicken sandwiches can be boring if that's what you've been ordering the past three or more times you went to McDs...I can go overboard with the chicken nuggets since they never seem to fill me up, so I try to avoid ordering those unless I have this massive craving or can split a big box with someone else...

        The short answer is: the limited availability. LOL! The taste was pretty good, since McD's doesn't have too many things like it, and their BBQ sauce is different than what's used in the McRib. But I remember the last time I ate one, and feeling super disappointed that it didn't taste like how I remembered it tasting when I was much younger.

        1. Everytime I see it I think of Sam Kinnison who called it the "McStroke" in one of his comedy bits.

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          1. PORK !!!
            It's one of the more tasty sandwiches they have.

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            1. re: monku

              There is no other sandwich that's like a McRib !

              1. re: monku

                That "pork" reminds me of what reheated congealed char siu would be like.

                Now that I think about it, the McRib is in many ways the McDonald's version of a char siu bao in sandwich form.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Don't think char siu bao, but is there such a thing as a bbq rib sandwich?
                  No...not a pulled pork sandwich.

                  Pork?.....you could put anything between that roll, sauce, onion and pickle and I think it would be pretty good.

                  1. re: monku

                    "Pork?.....you could put anything between that roll, sauce, onion and pickle and I think it would be pretty good."

                    That's how some people treat the hot dog. Put enough condiments on and around it, does it really matter whether the dog is good or not?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Pork or chicken....would anyone be the wiser?
                      A hot dog is a different story.

                2. re: monku

                  monku, that statement could be taken any number of ways, including the use of the word "sandwich." :)