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

ipsedixit Oct 13, 2010 10:29 AM

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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    annapurna7 RE: ipsedixit Oct 13, 2010 01:38 PM

    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.

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      rinkatink888 RE: ipsedixit Oct 13, 2010 01:47 PM

      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.

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        yfunk3 RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 10:09 AM

        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.

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          achtungpv RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 01:03 PM

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

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            mariacarmen RE: achtungpv Oct 14, 2010 11:36 PM

            Ohhhh Sam... miss you.

          2. monku RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 01:05 PM

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

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              monku RE: monku Oct 14, 2010 01:13 PM

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

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                ipsedixit RE: monku Oct 14, 2010 03:53 PM

                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.

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                  monku RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 06:19 PM

                  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.

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                    ipsedixit RE: monku Oct 14, 2010 09:58 PM

                    "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?

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                      monku RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 10:17 PM

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

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                  mamachef RE: monku Nov 10, 2011 08:15 AM

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

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                yfunk3 RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 09:31 PM

                Just thought I'd post a link to this article. I saw it and immediately thought of this thread. :o)


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                  ncyankee101 RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 09:47 PM

                  I think it's something about the taste of the pickle and BBQ sauce for me - the pork-ish patty is just incidenta. Onion helps too.

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                    FrankD RE: ncyankee101 Oct 19, 2010 09:25 PM

                    Definitely the onion. Instead of the little chopped (dehydrated?) bits you get on a big M, these are honest to god slices of real onion, which give a little sharpness and snap that provide great contrast to the sauce and the softness of the pork. Ipse, it doesn't remind me of char shiu at all; not enough chew to the meat. The onions provide an important textural counterpoint without which the McRib would be the McMush.

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                      ncyankee101 RE: FrankD Oct 19, 2010 09:57 PM

                      They put onions on a Big Mac? Hmm I never noticed. Not that I have had one in years, when I have been in the mood for a greasy fast food burger the whopper was always much - hmmm I hate to say better - less bland?

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                        Mestralle RE: FrankD Oct 21, 2010 12:11 PM

                        They use the "real" onion slices on Quarter Pounders, too. I wonder if you could get them to sub it out on the Big Mac. I'd try it, but the McDonald's here is absolutely hopeless with getting orders right period, let alone something unusual.

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                          KaimukiMan RE: Mestralle Oct 29, 2010 07:36 PM

                          I think the onion slices are only on the 1/3 pound angus burgers, unless they do things differently than they used to. And yes, McD's has never been good at 'grill' orders. Try to order a double cheeseburger with no cheese sometime.

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                            monku RE: KaimukiMan Oct 29, 2010 07:45 PM

                            Angus burgers have red onion. McRib has white onion (not chopped)

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                              bagelman01 RE: KaimukiMan Oct 30, 2010 02:35 PM

                              Here in New England (both south central CT and the Worcester Hills and Merrimack Valley of MA) the quarter pounder with cheese and Big Mac come with onion slices.

                              As to double cheeseburger with no cheese, I regularly order a McDouble plain no cheese for m dog. At $1 it's 59 cents less than a double hamburger. There is no problen getting it as ordered.
                              That said, if you order a McDouble PLAIN it will have cheese, but no ketchup, onions or pickle,.
                              If you want no cheese, you must say NO CHEESE.

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                                mucho gordo RE: bagelman01 Nov 3, 2010 11:40 AM

                                Wait a minute.........you're saying a double cheeseburger with no cheese is cheaper than a double hamburger?????????? Makes no sense to me.

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                                  monku RE: mucho gordo Nov 3, 2010 05:15 PM

                                  McDouble is a dollar menu item...two hamburger patties and one slice of cheese. Used to be a double cheeseburger until they cut out one of the slices of chees.

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                                    bagelman01 RE: monku Nov 3, 2010 05:52 PM

                                    McDouble rotates on and off the dollar menu. In Fairfield County, it's often $1.29.
                                    ToNight I took Diesel (our larger male dog) for McDs.in Monroe, CT for a snack.
                                    The McDouble was not on the Drive Thru menu board.
                                    The double Cheeseburger was being promoted at $1.49, the Double Hamburger was $1.59. I ordered a double Cheeseburger, plain no cheese for the dog and saved 10 cents plus tax over a double hamburger.

                                    A frien of mine is the night manager, and he explained that McD, Burger King and Wendy's compete on the double cheeseburger and can get away with higher prices on the double hamburger

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                                      monku RE: bagelman01 Nov 3, 2010 05:56 PM

                                      No rotation on the McDouble Dollar menu anywhere I've seen since they put it on the menu here in California.

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                                        monku RE: bagelman01 Nov 3, 2010 06:05 PM

                                        My understanding its a pre-cooked and pre-formed pork patty...made to look like there are ribs. Texture reminds me of the inside of a shu Mai.
                                        I like them once a week.

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                          Nocturnalbill RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 10:15 PM

                          For me, they served nearly the same thing in high school, and it's a nostalgia thing. Wild days of my youth.

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                            VelvetRose RE: Nocturnalbill Oct 29, 2010 07:44 PM

                            Here in Missouri, the local pork producers often sell pork burgers at various fairs and festivals. It's a freshly ground natural pork patty, not processed into a fake rib shake. Same condiments: dunked in BBQ sauce, topped with pickle and onion. Yum

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                            emu48 RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2010 10:50 PM

                            I think it appeals mainly to very old people who can't afford dentists. If you don't have any teeth left, but you like ribs, this might be pretty appealing. I tried one once and through it was greasy, sweet, and boring.

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                              aurora50 RE: emu48 Oct 15, 2010 02:21 AM

                              I have plenty of teeth left, thank you, and, for me, it's the total combination of pork, bun, sauce, onions, and pickle. It just seems to come together deliciously.
                              Not that I could eat it every day, though - Maybe a reason as to why it's only offered occasionally.

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                                ipsedixit RE: emu48 Oct 15, 2010 09:35 AM

                                I don't really consider the McRib to be denture-friendly.

                                The Filet-O-Fish? Yes.

                                McRib? Not so much.

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                                  phantomdoc RE: emu48 Nov 4, 2010 09:45 AM

                                  The teeth optional part of the country sparked the origin of pulled pork. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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                                    FoodFuser RE: emu48 Nov 4, 2010 12:32 PM

                                    As citizen of area oft derided as toothless
                                    I'm proud to proclaim I've got all thirty six.

                                    But all of those molars, bicuspids, incisors,
                                    could not rescue the lackluster taste of McRib.

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                                      ncyankee101 RE: FoodFuser Nov 4, 2010 12:41 PM

                                      36? Hmmm no wonder so many are toothless, some of you got extras.

                                  2. GraydonCarter RE: ipsedixit Oct 16, 2010 03:59 PM

                                    NPR ran a story on the quest for the McRib:


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                                      silence9 RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2010 03:22 PM

                                      Not by any means condoning cannibalism here (that would be wrong), but the McRib - primarily in it's seeming humanoid texture - seems to let the imagination roam toward a zombie-movie simulation that is socially acceptable. How cool would it be for Halloween, if they formed the meat into the shape of a foot or ear?

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                                        VelvetRose RE: silence9 Oct 29, 2010 07:36 PM

                                        Or a baby? The link below is for something that "just ain't right". But for Halloween purposes, try it out.

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                                        DarkRose RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2010 06:15 PM

                                        Obviously I'm sure much has changed since then, but.... when I was a kid back in the late 70's/early 80's, my babysitter also worked at McDonalds, and I very distinctly remember her telling me about the McRib way back then, that it was a new item that had been sent to the restaurant for employees to taste test. She said she'd gotten violently ill from eating it, and that memory comes back to me every time McD's brings the sandwich back. I've never wanted to try it because of that!

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                                          yfunk3 RE: DarkRose Oct 29, 2010 10:00 PM

                                          Well, I mean, if I applied the same reasoning to every food item (fast food or not), then I would've starved to death a long time ago...

                                        2. Peachie RE: ipsedixit Oct 31, 2010 09:10 AM

                                          Okay, after waiting a long time for this guilty pleasure, I had one yesterday. Last year they were yummy.

                                          I almost vomited as I was eating one. There's something "off" about the pork. It truly made me gag.

                                          Has anyone tried this year's batch of the pork? Is it me?

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                                            ipsedixit RE: Peachie Oct 31, 2010 12:15 PM

                                            It's pork??


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                                              GraydonCarter RE: ipsedixit Nov 1, 2010 06:53 AM

                                              The McRib consists of a formed ground pork patty, barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles served on a 6 inch roll. The patty is precooked, frozen and later reheated.

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                                                ipsedixit RE: GraydonCarter Nov 1, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                I think my sarcasm got stuck in the badnwidth after I posted ...

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                                                alanbarnes RE: ipsedixit Nov 3, 2010 06:20 PM

                                                As Krusty the Clown said, "You're way off. Think smaller, with more legs."

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                                                  hill food RE: alanbarnes Nov 20, 2010 07:45 PM

                                                  alan: damn I was trying to remember an appropriate quote from that episode.

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                                                ncyankee101 RE: Peachie Nov 1, 2010 12:06 AM

                                                I was going to try one but now I'm afraid - very afraid.

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                                                  Peachie RE: ncyankee101 Nov 1, 2010 06:01 AM

                                                  I've liked them in the past. I'd love to know if anyone else has tried one this year. Maybe I got a bad batch of the pseudo-pork.

                                              4. L2k RE: ipsedixit Nov 3, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                I hate what we've done to our children and to our grandchildren. Dirtied the air. Drunk all the clean water. Killed countless species. Destroyed intelligent conversation with partison ME ME ME bull. Ruined sex for them by giving them the internet which shows them so much before they are ready that when they take the plunge, it's not nearly as magical as it was for us.

                                                But we've done one thing right. One thing that we can show to our children and to our grandchildren that we did NOT destroy.

                                                And that is, the McRib.

                                                Same as it ever was.

                                                1. FoodFuser RE: ipsedixit Nov 3, 2010 07:52 PM

                                                  The McRib has appeal to Emulsionists and Machinists.
                                                  Pork: chopped ground pressed and re-formed
                                                  then stamped with those ridges to give silly simulate
                                                  of the pig's intercostals which, in nature, do undulate.

                                                  Such sandwich, if engaged,
                                                  should remind us we're plagued
                                                  by the Mac-Military Industrial Complex.

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                                                    yfunk3 RE: ipsedixit Nov 4, 2010 09:16 AM

                                                    Just had one, and it was simultaneously better than I remembered my last McRib experience to be, and blander. LOL

                                                    It was good, though. I'd get it again. The BBQ was great, not too sweet, just right. You could taste the smokiness in the patty, but it didn't overwhelm. The onions were good, not too much, not too strong. Pickles...not a big pickle fan, but they did add a nice textural difference. Patty was bigger than the bun (!), but no complaints about that on this front. Heh.

                                                    Not the best fast food experience ever, but pretty damn satisfying after all the hype of its return!

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                                                      Jelly71 RE: ipsedixit Nov 4, 2010 09:58 AM

                                                      for me, the McRib is a lot like Jack in the Box tacos. i don't know what it's made of and probably don't want to know. but i love it and will be having one a week until they are gone.

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                                                        ncyankee101 RE: Jelly71 Nov 4, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                        I had the late night munchies a couple weeks back after Scarowinds in Charlotte and there was a Jack in the Box right across the road, I had never seen one before. Couldn't resist the 2-for$1 tacos - and some Jalapeno poppers - and a Pumpkin shake (which was wonderful. And very healthful I am sure.)

                                                      2. FoodFuser RE: ipsedixit Nov 4, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                        Here's the fix for the folks who crave the McRib
                                                        which is marketed in campaigns only seasonally.

                                                        There are red boxes found in your grocery store's freezer
                                                        a zappable patty of pork, made by Banquet.

                                                        For just about one dollar
                                                        it's filled with the flavor and texture
                                                        that McRibbies seem to adore.

                                                        While you won't catch me reaching into that glass enclosed door
                                                        where those boxes of Banquet are stacked
                                                        I'll serve as your friend and provide you this Google
                                                        to aid pre-salivation 'fore you go to the store:


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                                                          yfunk3 RE: FoodFuser Nov 4, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                          Here's an idea,
                                                          Which I hold very dear:
                                                          If you have nothing nice to say,
                                                          in vernacular or rhyme,
                                                          perhaps it's time
                                                          from the McRib, you should stay away.

                                                          Why act superior to those who choose to digest
                                                          whatever they choose to buy with the money in their vests?
                                                          Lest one thinks that your parents paid no mind
                                                          to you when you were shorter than a grasshopper's hind.

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                                                            FoodFuser RE: yfunk3 Nov 4, 2010 09:41 PM

                                                            Heck, I'm just an old geezer
                                                            who won't reach in the freezer
                                                            for anything closely resembles McRib.

                                                            But some folks must like them
                                                            so that's why I provided
                                                            both the link, and the gently phrased rib.

                                                            The Teflon of Age
                                                            does gently assuage
                                                            all allusions to grasshoppers' assholes.

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                                                          Asomaniac RE: ipsedixit Nov 4, 2010 09:45 PM

                                                          The McRib is a permanent feature at McDonald's in Germany, on a par with the Big Mac, it's not a seasonal thing so i always have it when I go there. I love it. The combination of the zingy barbecue sauce, the tart, crunchy gherkins and the satisfying, juicy pork really does it for me. By far the best McDonald's burger there is.

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                                                            observor RE: ipsedixit Nov 7, 2010 07:04 PM

                                                            I think there is truly a minimal amount of pork in the meat...sure tastes like a lot of filler and flavorings to me...I think the intensely sweet sauce is probably the appeal.

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                                                              monku RE: observor Nov 7, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                              No fillers.

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                                                                observor RE: monku Nov 7, 2010 07:14 PM

                                                                I'll be damned. Sure has a rather squishy texture.

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                                                                  monku RE: observor Nov 7, 2010 07:17 PM

                                                                  That would be from the salt and water.

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                                                                    observor RE: monku Nov 7, 2010 07:22 PM

                                                                    I guess so. Anyway, I had one just to revisit it, but I don't think I'll be having another one. Seems like bland meat slathered with powerfully sweet sauce.

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                                                                  KaimukiMan RE: monku Dec 20, 2010 02:29 PM

                                                                  yeah, think "pork arby's"

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                                                                    hill food RE: KaimukiMan Dec 20, 2010 08:45 PM

                                                                    KM: while a fairly apt comparison, Arby's wishes.

                                                                    faint praise indeed.

                                                              2. Funwithfood RE: ipsedixit Nov 7, 2010 07:26 PM

                                                                I've really got to try this sandwich. (My mom loved it.)

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                                                                  ncyankee101 RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                                  I made a facsimile of a McRib today using a turkey burger, some Kraft Thick and Spicy Brown Sugar BBQ sauce, onion and hamburger dill chips. It was quite good and fairly McRib like, but the BBQ sauce was more smoky and rich than I remember the sauce McD's uses.

                                                                  It was close enough to get rid of my recent McRib craving.

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                                                                    ncyankee101 RE: ncyankee101 Nov 23, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                                    Tried again this time with Sweet Baby Rays "sweet and spicy" BBQ sauce, again quite good and much closer to the original.

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                                                                    cstr RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2010 09:47 AM

                                                                    There is something about having a piece of meat?? pressed into a shape and sauced up. Like a milkbone shape for dogs, that they really enjoy!

                                                                    1. Beach Chick RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                                      When are they going to listen to the brains of the operation..us two..and get a Filet-O-Fish with fries or hash browns squished in the middle..heaven sent thing of beauty!
                                                                      That's what I'm talking about Willis..

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                                                                        yfunk3 RE: Beach Chick Nov 18, 2010 06:23 PM

                                                                        What if...?

                                                                        (wait for it)

                                                                        One covers that filet o'fish/hash brown sandwich with the McRib BBQ sauce and add a few slivers of onion?!

                                                                        Heaven. Compromise. Deliciousness. :o)

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                                                                          Beach Chick RE: yfunk3 Nov 19, 2010 04:05 PM

                                                                          sounds good yfunk..still might have to have the dollop of tartar sauce too.

                                                                        2. re: Beach Chick
                                                                          observor RE: Beach Chick Nov 20, 2010 10:07 AM

                                                                          I have never had a filet-of-fish in part because I never understood putting cheese on fish.

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                                                                            yfunk3 RE: observor Nov 20, 2010 01:09 PM

                                                                            You can get it without the half slice of cheese. I like it better with. Adds a nice saltiness that compliments the tangy tartar sauce.

                                                                            What I don't understand is...why only a half slice? Heh.

                                                                        3. FoodFuser RE: ipsedixit Nov 18, 2010 08:56 PM

                                                                          I recently strode into local McD's
                                                                          to partake of their 35 cent Senior Coffee.

                                                                          Good coffee, good brew.

                                                                          A glance to the other customer-filled tables
                                                                          saw diners chowing down upon slidey McRibs.

                                                                          Exit of Onions from firmly squeezed buns
                                                                          was followed by chase of those crimpled Dill Pickles.

                                                                          Lapping and chasing on the bun's exposed sides
                                                                          seemed overtly active as Chow exercise.

                                                                          There was scent in the air of Hunt's BBQ sauce
                                                                          lessening friction between bun and those veggies.

                                                                          I left the store quickly, opened coffee outside,
                                                                          wondering what McRib diners would find
                                                                          when meat patty presented as "Chopped, pressed, and formed".

                                                                          At least molded ridges, and the grip that they give,
                                                                          can double somehow as some good honest ribs.

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                                                                            GraydonCarter RE: FoodFuser Nov 20, 2010 03:38 PM

                                                                            It all started when I got the AARP card. Now I can get Senior Coffee? This is depressing...

                                                                          2. Discerning1 RE: ipsedixit Nov 20, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                                            Had a McRib in San Jose that was tasty...as others have said, the tang of the pickle, the sweetness of the BBQ sauce a nice contrast with the meat product. But then I tried one in Gilroy and something was missing in the flavor.

                                                                            Was the San Jose McRib like Proust's madeleine? The experience can't be recaptured?

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                                                                              aurora50 RE: Discerning1 Nov 20, 2010 02:39 PM

                                                                              I think it's simply a matter of, McDonald's are not consistent in quality in different locations. I remember the one near where I used to work was fantastic, everything tasty and fresh, and another one a few miles down the road was awful.

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                                                                                phantomdoc RE: Discerning1 Nov 20, 2010 06:44 PM

                                                                                One in Gilroy should be loaded with garlic, no?

                                                                                McDonalds strives to be consistent worldwide. I remember hearing that they brought US potatoes to Ireland.

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                                                                                  laliz RE: Discerning1 Nov 9, 2011 01:57 PM

                                                                                  you had one in San Jose and then again in Gilroy? I hope not on the same trip. (I travel down the 101 to LA). LOL.

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                                                                                    mamachef RE: Discerning1 Nov 10, 2011 08:17 AM

                                                                                    I see your point, Discerning1, but "Proust" and "Mc-ANYTHING" should never ever be uttered in the same sentence. :)

                                                                                  2. GourmetLight RE: ipsedixit Nov 20, 2010 07:39 PM

                                                                                    I was so excited when I heard they were back! I remember going to Germany and seeing that their McDonald's had the McRib when we couldn't get one in the States and was SO happy. I floated on those memories into my local Micky-D's and ordered one. Oh, the sadness that ensued....either I've outgrown them, or they have become truly awful.

                                                                                    1. Bob W RE: ipsedixit Dec 19, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                                      I was at McD's yesterday with my kid so I finally tried a McRib. That is some vile shit. A rubbery patty that barely tastes like pork. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. I think it even made the fries taste worse. FAIL

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                                                                                        Tripeler RE: Bob W Dec 19, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                                                        Is it made from mechanically separated pork, or are industrial chemicals used?

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                                                                                          FoodFuser RE: Tripeler Dec 19, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                                                          Just the hydraulic fluid used for the pumps and the presses.

                                                                                        2. re: Bob W
                                                                                          zuklaak RE: Bob W Oct 10, 2011 06:00 AM

                                                                                          I always referred to them as McRubber, but still ate them.

                                                                                        3. Discerning1 RE: ipsedixit Dec 21, 2010 01:19 PM

                                                                                          All the haters will be glad to know that the McRib is no longer on the Micky D menu...at least in Northern California.

                                                                                          1. hill food RE: ipsedixit Dec 21, 2010 04:45 PM

                                                                                            I was by a McD's today feeling a mite peckish, and stopped but then said to my self "HEY I don't even smoke pot anymore!" so I just got small fries. and they sucked.

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                                                                                              FoodFuser RE: hill food Dec 21, 2010 06:45 PM

                                                                                              Your story adds another anecdotal unit
                                                                                              that to crave the McRib
                                                                                              you've gotta have a case of the Munchies.

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                                                                                                mamachef RE: hill food Nov 10, 2011 08:20 AM

                                                                                                AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAhahahaha! Awesome! Not that the food sucked, but the rest of it. A good fast-food option, whether you've got the munchies or not, is two plain McD's cheeseburgers absolutely loaded down with extra pickles. At least IMO.

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                                                                                                  FoodFuser RE: mamachef Nov 10, 2011 11:15 PM

                                                                                                  The declarative phrase is, I believe,
                                                                                                  "Triple pickles".

                                                                                                  But how best to order extra rehydrated onions?

                                                                                                  I will try with the phrase
                                                                                                  "gunions of onions".

                                                                                              2. Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Oct 10, 2011 12:59 AM

                                                                                                The McRib has returned -- in Japan. After reading this thread about a year ago, I decided to try one. They have been offered here since the end of September.
                                                                                                It seems that McDonalds has recreated a new form of SPAM, with a little vigorous grilling and a WHOLE LOT of sweet sauce. I just cannot see the appeal in this item.

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                                                                                                  FoodFuser RE: Tripeler Oct 10, 2011 03:48 AM

                                                                                                  It's really amazing they've been seasonally offering this item
                                                                                                  for now about twenty long years.

                                                                                                  I ordered one, ate a bit of it,
                                                                                                  marveled at the industrial hydraulic presses
                                                                                                  that could produce those faux humps of "ribs"
                                                                                                  then turned it back in for a refund.

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                                                                                                    Funwithfood RE: FoodFuser Oct 10, 2011 09:38 PM

                                                                                                    A refund...I should do that when their fries aren't hot enought--a greater sin! :)

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                                                                                                      observor RE: Funwithfood Dec 28, 2011 12:51 AM

                                                                                                      I *always* ask to wait for fresh fries...they only take 3 minutes and it's so much more tasty

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                                                                                                  jdoyle2254 RE: ipsedixit Oct 10, 2011 02:08 PM

                                                                                                  I bought one under hypnosis today (only possible explanation, I know I don't like the texture). I think I was so surprised to see it on the menu board without hearing any hype anywhere that I just said something like; "Oh! Is that the McRib? I'll Have one of those".
                                                                                                  The onions were fresh and had a nice sharp bite to them.
                                                                                                  I wish I'd ordered fries like I planned.

                                                                                                  This was in Cape Canaveral, Fl. by the way. I don't know if other McDonald's on the space coast are carrying them or not. Even the one I was in only had one sign that I could find for the McRib and it was the one on the menu board.

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                                                                                                    aurora50 RE: jdoyle2254 Oct 10, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                                                                    After reading this board, I just called my local McDonald's here on the West Coast, in Highland, CA.
                                                                                                    They're coming back the week of the 17th.

                                                                                                  2. Discerning1 RE: ipsedixit Oct 28, 2011 06:18 PM

                                                                                                    OK, true and hopefully anonymous confession. I had a McRib about 2 am and it tasted just right for the occasion. Stayed working very late at my office and the only place open near there was the McDonald's drive-thru. The combination of "pork product," pickles, fresh onions, a sweet BBQ sauce and a good bun hit the spot.

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                                                                                                      aurora50 RE: Discerning1 Oct 29, 2011 04:33 AM

                                                                                                      There ya go.
                                                                                                      Junk eating Paradise.
                                                                                                      Try it, I say.

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                                                                                                        Cachetes RE: Discerning1 Oct 29, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                                                        For me, this is the only time McDs hits the spot. About two years ago (and after 10 years of no McDs), I had a very long day - worked all day, then had to give a seminar until about 10 at night. Hit the McDs on my way home for a filet o fish, and that baby was gooood - hot, tasty goodness. About two weeks after that, I decided to try the same trick, and it was nasty, rubbery vileness.

                                                                                                        Context is everything.

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                                                                                                          hsk RE: Cachetes Oct 30, 2011 09:49 PM

                                                                                                          +1 If you're really really hungry everything tastes good.

                                                                                                      2. FoodFuser RE: ipsedixit Oct 29, 2011 06:49 AM

                                                                                                        Ray Croc got his start as a milkshake man
                                                                                                        then streamlined the grill
                                                                                                        for billions of patties.

                                                                                                        Along the way guided
                                                                                                        the classics of Big Mac,
                                                                                                        and Filet O Fish.

                                                                                                        These were imprinted hard,
                                                                                                        as were fried apple pies.

                                                                                                        But a pity that occasionally
                                                                                                        they haul out the machinery
                                                                                                        to chop, press, and form the McRib.

                                                                                                        Them who eschew to give chew to that sandwich
                                                                                                        are saying okay to chopped pressed and formed.

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                                                                                                          Tripeler RE: FoodFuser Oct 29, 2011 07:33 AM

                                                                                                          Once again, Food Fuser gives an interesting and poetic take on the situation.

                                                                                                          The McRib is essentially a chopped, pressed and formed hunk of pork offal, bleached and chemically sanitized into a piece of floppy, greasy nothing that requires a bizarre form of 40W sweet gunk sauce to give anyone a sensation of flavor.

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                                                                                                            aurora50 RE: Tripeler Oct 29, 2011 03:07 PM

                                                                                                            So - I'll take yours, more for me!!!! LOL

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                                                                                                              paulj RE: Tripeler Oct 29, 2011 03:47 PM

                                                                                                              Does it really contain offal? Like head cheese? I love those parts of the pig - the feet, the tongue, the ears, etc. :)

                                                                                                              15 years ago I took a bus ride from Chicago to Seattle. Among characters on the bus was a lady who kept wanting to try a McRib. She may have finally gotten her wish a supper stop in western Wyoming. I opted for Arbys at that stop.

                                                                                                              1. re: Tripeler
                                                                                                                Boston_Otter RE: Tripeler Oct 30, 2011 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                According to McDonalds, the McRib is made of pork shoulder meat.

                                                                                                                Unless they're lying to the public, no, it's not made of offal.

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                                                                                                                  Tripeler RE: Boston_Otter Oct 30, 2011 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                  I read a NYT article about the McRib which said that it contained offal.

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                                                                                                                    paulj RE: Tripeler Oct 30, 2011 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                    Well then, you should be able to find it online and give us the link. :)

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                                                                                                                      The Professor RE: Tripeler Oct 30, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                      I'd like to see a link to that article (if it even exists).
                                                                                                                      Not that there's anything wrong with offal, but it is highly doubtful that it is part of the McRib. It's basically just a pork hamburger with a sweet sauce (and the sauce is pretty much all you taste). Without the sauce (or at least with less of it), it would probably be a decent sandwich.

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                                                                                                                        Tripeler RE: The Professor Oct 30, 2011 08:55 PM

                                                                                                                        I have spent over an hour searching for the NYT article about the McRib and I cannot find it now. I have to admit that I must have been mistaken about it containing offal since I have no proof. Sorry to cause such a kerfuffle about this -- next time I will provide some proof when making an accusation. Sorry folks.

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                                                                                                                          ipsedixit RE: Tripeler Oct 30, 2011 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                          No need to apologize.

                                                                                                                          You were not mistaken in thinking that McRib contained offal parts.



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                                                                                                                            Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Oct 30, 2011 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                            Bingo, Ipsedixit. The Yahoo article is the one I read, but since I was sure it was an NYT piece, I didn't search for it. Thanks for finding it -- you're a champ.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler
                                                                                                                              ipsedixit RE: Tripeler Oct 30, 2011 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm more surprised that people actually think the McRib does *not* contain offal parts.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                Tripeler RE: ipsedixit Oct 30, 2011 09:32 PM

                                                                                                                                Well, there probably is SOME pork shoulder in it, unless McD's uses a very wide definition for "shoulder." In any case, when I ate a McRib I was surprised at the apparent degree of processing on the meat. Maybe that's why it is so dependent on the sauce.

                                                                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                  hill food RE: ipsedixit Oct 30, 2011 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'm surprised when ground meat of any variety doesn't have 'bits' slipped in.

                                                                                                                                  but I may just have to indulge during its current emergence (they're like locusts/cicadas, no?) and it HAS been at least 10+ years since my last one, is that so wrong?

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                                                                                                                                    ipsedixit RE: hill food Oct 30, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    You're on the abbreviated Halley's Comet schedule ...

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                                                                                                                                      hill food RE: ipsedixit Oct 30, 2011 10:03 PM

                                                                                                                                      or maybe something less momentous like the Perseids!

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                                                                                                                                        aurora50 RE: hill food Oct 30, 2011 11:39 PM

                                                                                                                                        I'm perplexed by all of this nitpicking
                                                                                                                                        Either you like it, or you don't, right?

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                                                                                                                                          Tripeler RE: aurora50 Oct 31, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                          I don't think you get the point of our concern about the McRib.
                                                                                                                                          The point is that the so-called "meat" of the item has been processed beyond all recognition of what can normally be accepted as "meat."
                                                                                                                                          The product is quite possibly a bogus rendering of what is normally accepted as meat.
                                                                                                                                          Besides, it really doesn't taste good.
                                                                                                                                          What do you think?

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                                                                                                                                            aurora50 RE: Tripeler Oct 31, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                            1. This happens to be a case where I don't care about what kind of meat, or how processed it is, as I have a McRib so rarely.
                                                                                                                                            2. Yes, I do think it tastes good!!!
                                                                                                                                            Just my two cents!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                    The Professor RE: ipsedixit Oct 31, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                    I'm surprised that it even matters suddenly to people who like the McRib.
                                                                                                                                    The same stuff, after all, winds up in hot dogs, lunchmeats, and other processed foods. I'd be more concerned about all the salt used in stuff like this.

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                                                                                                                                      hill food RE: The Professor Oct 31, 2011 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'm not horrified, I DO like the taste, I just don't indulge every time it appears. but this time may be different.

                                                                                                                                2. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                                                  roxlet RE: ipsedixit Oct 31, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                  And here's another that not only has info on the pig offal in the McRib, but some mighty tasty chemicals in the roll:


                                                                                                                                  Bon Appetito!

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                                                                                                                                    paulj RE: roxlet Oct 31, 2011 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                    Several links down is this Chicago Mag article:

                                                                                                                                    Note that it describes this item as muscle pieces and scraps that bound with 'meat glue', and formed into the desired shape(s). Is the offal part of the glue or the stuff that is glued together? There are lots of other meat products that use this same idea - Spam, chicken nuggets, sausages, molecular gastronomy creations (using transglutaminase), fish cakes, imitation crab.

                                                                                                                                    Here's McD's ingredients list.

                                                                                                                                    Being a formed meat product, it is likely that it includes proteins derived from offal. But the headlines and comments make it sound as though offal is a major ingredient, or that the 'rib' is in someway unique in its use of offal. I question both of those implications.

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                                                                                                                                      acgold7 RE: roxlet Oct 31, 2011 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                      When some fancy four-star [Spanish] chef (or grungy kid in a filthy T-shirt) does this, the obnoxious foodies line up to pay eighty dollars for a plate of brilliant "Modernist Cuisine."

                                                                                                                                      But when a large corporation does this and makes it affordable to everyone, it's scary Frankenfood.

                                                                                                                                      What hypocrisy.

                                                                                                                      2. Funwithfood RE: ipsedixit Oct 31, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                        Food police warnings aside, I'll try (nearly) everything once--not sure they have it at McDonalds here in 'the OC' though...

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                                                                                                                          aurora50 RE: Funwithfood Oct 31, 2011 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                          You should, it's available here in Highland, CA., roughly 50 miles from the O.C.
                                                                                                                          When the McRib is available, there's usually big signs posted on every McDonald's building.

                                                                                                                        2. hill food RE: ipsedixit Nov 5, 2011 01:02 AM

                                                                                                                          ok after a good 10 or 20 years I tried one again, and about yakked after two bites - had to put it aside (I did finish eventually) but I think I'm fine for another couple of decades. Its appeal? well I smoked a lot of, ummm, something back in those days of appreciation, which is the only thing I can figure out. it's not truly terrible, just... the best part is the crunch of pickle and onion against the mushiness of the prok (sic).

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                                                                                                                            hill food RE: hill food Nov 5, 2011 05:29 PM

                                                                                                                            and then I read this just now:

                                                                                                                            "Allegedly, when the additives aren't binding lung and liver bits together, they're used for keeping yoga mats springy and shoe soles white"

                                                                                                                            prok indeed

                                                                                                                            1. re: hill food
                                                                                                                              paulj RE: hill food Nov 5, 2011 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                              This mat and shoe component is a bleaching agent in the bread - not in the meat part. I bet that agent is azodicarbonamide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azodicarbonamide
                                                                                                                              " "a flour-bleaching agent used to make the soles of shoes... and foamed plastics like gym mats."

                                                                                                                              Looking at the MD ingredients pdf that I posted earlier, I find azodicarbonamide is in 11 products - essentially all of their buns. So why are people highlighting the yoga mat link in the case of the Rib, but not in the case of Quarterpounder or Fish sandwich?

                                                                                                                              HP does not provide any evidence (or link to any) to support the idea that the 'rib' consists of offal scraps bound by 'chemicals'.

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                                                                                                                              GraydonCarter RE: hill food Nov 8, 2011 10:45 PM

                                                                                                                              > the best part is the crunch of pickle and onion against the mushiness

                                                                                                                              This I noted as well. Too much sauce. Not trying it again.

                                                                                                                            3. FoodFuser RE: ipsedixit Nov 5, 2011 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                              Prompted by thread,
                                                                                                                              I ingested McRib,

                                                                                                                              I figured,I'd take one.
                                                                                                                              just for the team.

                                                                                                                              Results were not glorious.
                                                                                                                              Instead of crescendo, I felt rabbled chorus,

                                                                                                                              It was perhaps crunch of pickles and onions
                                                                                                                              that gave it the save it

                                                                                                                              While normally a worshiper of a set of good buns,.
                                                                                                                              I found there no texture.
                                                                                                                              Twas total flaciddity..

                                                                                                                              My perusement of meat left me somehow with lacking
                                                                                                                              as I pondered what the hell has happened to this shoulder?.

                                                                                                                              I will not give my scribe
                                                                                                                              to my thoughts on the sauce.

                                                                                                                              Overall, it was saved
                                                                                                                              by the crunch of those pickles
                                                                                                                              that fester in base
                                                                                                                              of them five gallon barrels,

                                                                                                                              I have no take
                                                                                                                              on their source of their onions.

                                                                                                                              Took it for team,
                                                                                                                              but in truth it demeaned me.

                                                                                                                              There are many good things
                                                                                                                              about emerging McDonalds
                                                                                                                              especially their coffee
                                                                                                                              That are good,

                                                                                                                              But don't put McRib
                                                                                                                              with its lackluster marketed dalliance
                                                                                                                              in place enshrined Fame.

                                                                                                                              But yet the Big Mac
                                                                                                                              and the toothroll Quarter Pounder
                                                                                                                              do somehow entreat me
                                                                                                                              to return to McDs

                                                                                                                              1. Funwithfood RE: ipsedixit Nov 8, 2011 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                I tasted one this weekend and found the flavor good enough but didn't care for the texture of the meat. The onions are absolutely essential and fries are a necessary accompaniment, providing for a salty/crunchy counter balance.

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                                                                                                                                  silence9 RE: ipsedixit Nov 9, 2011 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                                  For those of us who enjoy the McRib in the privacy of one's home, it is a perfect vehicle for some easy ethnic add-on condiments, bringing the sandwich to a different level of appreciation. I'll pile on a few funky leaves of jarred kimchi, and the sandwich tastes like something you'd get at a korean fusion taco truck. Or I'll add a few batons of julienned carrot and daikon (marinated in vinegar and fish sauce) and a twig or two of fresh mint or cilantro, and it becomes a bastardized vietnamese-style bahn mi. Lastly, a slice of fresh or canned pineapple mascerated in a couple teaspoons of bourbon, and it's aloha and mahalo time on a TV tray. All of this must be partaken of while watching an episode of Chopped, for the proper effect...

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                                                                                                                                    observor RE: silence9 Dec 28, 2011 12:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    Woah, man, you are working too hard to make something even stomachable.

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                                                                                                                                    ncyankee101 RE: ipsedixit Nov 14, 2011 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                    I had one the other night - first time in years - and while I can't say I "really enjoyed" it, it is no worse a facsimile of a real BBQ sandwich than most other fast food items are relative to what they are supposed to be.

                                                                                                                                    I was confused though as to why they piled both pickles and all the onions in the middle 1/3 of the sandwich. The BBQ sauce - which is also the best part IMO - was rather more sparse than I would have liked.

                                                                                                                                    I also bought a pack of Morningstar farms riblets so I and my vegan girlfriend can make some more healthful versions at our leisure.

                                                                                                                                    1. FoodFuser RE: ipsedixit Nov 16, 2011 11:08 AM

                                                                                                                                      With softness accorded
                                                                                                                                      to them that have dotage
                                                                                                                                      I must simply state
                                                                                                                                      I retried the McRib
                                                                                                                                      and found it of failing.

                                                                                                                                      It was not merely matters
                                                                                                                                      of the crispness of pickles
                                                                                                                                      nor the slice of onions
                                                                                                                                      nor softness of bun
                                                                                                                                      nor toss of the sauce

                                                                                                                                      It was much more a matter of meat,
                                                                                                                                      which simply begoggled me
                                                                                                                                      as rendition of pork shoulder.
                                                                                                                                      Left me in mystery.

                                                                                                                                      I shall simply, next time,
                                                                                                                                      engage Quarter Pounder.

                                                                                                                                      Or maybe take chance
                                                                                                                                      On Big Mac.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                        GraydonCarter RE: FoodFuser Nov 17, 2011 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                        And we deserve a break today.
                                                                                                                                        I'm sure we do, did somebody say?

                                                                                                                                        Oh, can we go? Oh let us please!
                                                                                                                                        Big Mac awaits with lettuce and cheese.

                                                                                                                                      2. mlou72 RE: ipsedixit Nov 17, 2011 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                        Hot flaccid bitter pickles

                                                                                                                                        Short slimy thin limp onion strands

                                                                                                                                        Not so fresh bun with cakes of cornmeal in various places

                                                                                                                                        Steamed meatbits patty

                                                                                                                                        Watered down sauce comprised of half liquid smoke

                                                                                                                                        I had one or two of these in years past and rather enjoyed them for their tangy-oniony-pickley-porky goodness. What happened? Our McD's vary in quality around here, but this wasn't good enough to even consider that another location might be heating it up and slapping it together a little better.

                                                                                                                                        Sort of reminds me of the fish filet... it used to have fish in it, and the last time I got one I think it was a cormeal cake with a single fish flake in the middle and was so small I was having flashbacks of the old 'where's the beef' commercials.

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                                                                                                                                          SIMIHOUND RE: mlou72 Nov 18, 2011 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                          I just swore off all Mc Donalds after hearing the hype about the ingredients of the sandwich and then saw the nutritional values of the whole menu online. It made me ill.

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                                                                                                                                            Servorg RE: SIMIHOUND Dec 30, 2011 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                            I note that McDonalds stock price was the healthiest one in the DOW for all of 2011 (up 31% for the year). That undoubtedly made their investors feel well...

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