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Have they changed the BBQ sauce for the McRib (circa Nov. 2012)?

Is it more tart this year?

I recall it being sweeter for some reason.

Also the pork patty was crunchier than I remember in years past.

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  1. Please do not tease us without McRibs with your question about currently available McRibs.

    Thank you.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        One more reason to hate/be jealous of SoCal

        1. re: L2k

          I just read in this morning's paper that they'll be a seasonal item for the holidays. The source of the article is listed as USA Today, so it seems that it might hit most locations.

          1. re: tracylee

            I think it'll go national in December.

            Some markets are getting them a bit early.

              1. re: Pius Avocado III

                I love the McRib and McD's in general. But the Fish McBites in that article sound so scary. The Filet o Fish is all the fish they need to offer. It's magic on it's own.

      1. re: cstr

        You said you would still respect me in the morning ...

      2. I haven't found one yet. Funny because I was just on the McRib search site looking to see if it was out yet this year. We have had them in December for quite awhile now. The site says they are out in the big city near me but my local McDonalds isn't showing any ads for them last I noticed.

        1. Not available near me yet, but hopefully soon. I'm so excited for my first McRib of the season! I may cry if they don't turn up over here (in Oregon).

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          1. re: calmossimo

            I'll have to start watching the signage on my way by the two near me here in Salem.

            1. re: tracylee

              I was successful in finding them at the McD's in downtown Corvallis. I rejoiced, although my friends all turned their noses up and stuck to plain old cheeseburgers (their loss). I'll have to make another McRib run before they go away again...

              Edit to add: OT, but I've been showing everyone that I saw McRib earrings (and necklaces) on Etsy... http://www.etsy.com/listing/92511508/.... Genius.

              1. re: calmossimo

                I figured that by the time I noticed them in Salem, everyone else would have already, so I didn't update. Well, that and the fact that I don't think I've ever eaten a McRib!

          2. Saw the McRib at our local store a few days ago.

            1. Ok had the McRib today and it tasted the same as usual.

                1. The McRib is back in Kansas. Saw the signs. Haven't tried one yet, but I probably will, do most every year. Will report back on the sauce.

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                  1. re: Firegoat

                    Saw one in northern Ohio today, 12/23.

                  2. I had my first one of the season this weekend and the sauce tasted the same to me and my mother. I love McRib Season!!

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                    1. re: Jelly71

                      I just had two. They were delicious. The deal was to buy the meal and get a second McRib for $1.00. I am in Ventura County but only by five miles.

                    2. It's been years since I've had a McRib. Many years - at least 5, maybe 10. That said, back when I did eat them with any type of regularity, I loved them.

                      Every year since my McRib lovin' days they have taunted me.

                      So I tried one this week, and I found it vile. Mine, I think was oversauced and almost impossible to handle. The pork was lost in the too-sweet sauce and constantly slipping out of the bun. Too many veggies ended up in the container, swimming in a sea of extra sauce. The onions were barely noticeable.

                      I only ate about half my sandwich and tossed the rest. I'm not sure I can bring myself to order another one. Then again, I remember liking them so much back in the day. Maybe I just got a poorly constructed version? Maybe I should give it one more shot? Maybe try another location?

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                      1. re: MonMauler

                        As much as I love the McRib, I too find them oversauced. I always want more onions and pickles on mine, and much less sauce, though I didn't notice a change in the taste of the sauce.

                      2. I'm never sure if I want to try and find a McRib and have one again or not. I loved them as a kid, they were one of my favourite fast food items. There was very little that one of those and some fries couldn't fix. Course our local McDonalds was about 1/2 mile away and staffed by friends of mine so they cooked the food correctly and you could bring it home to eat with very little loss of quality.

                        Ever since then I've wondered if I'd still love them or not. I might, or it might ruin a wonderful memory of childhood (Sigh). Instinctively I know they can't still be as good as I remember them to be and I will be disappointed, I'm just not sure if I want to find out for sure or not. I think the only way I will do it is if I can get one from the McDonalds my BIL manages, cause then I could be assured of getting a properly done one, and not have to worry about shoddy or sloppy prep.

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                        1. re: Ariadanz

                          I think the only way I will do it is if I can get one from the McDonalds my BIL manages, cause then I could be assured of getting a properly done one, and not have to worry about shoddy or sloppy prep.


                          My god.

                          If I had a family member (even one by marriage) manage a McDonalds, I think I would end up OD'ing on Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.

                        2. Tasted just like a little bit of heaven when I had one yesterday. I think I heard angels singing.

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                          1. re: L2k

                            Speaking as a BBQ pitmaster; connoisseur of all things 'pig'; I have to ask: Seriously? McRib??

                            1. re: ocpitmaster

                              I love love love good BBQ. I also have a weakness for Fast Food. This is surely the opposite of good BBQ, but it fulfills the Fast Food need, with a surprisingly good sauce included.

                              1. re: ocpitmaster

                                What makes you think any part of the McRib is actually pig?

                                I bet if push came to shove, McDonalds could make a Kosher McRib ...

                                  1. re: bbqboy

                                    If that's the definition of "pig" then if you opened me up after a big holiday meal, you'd probably find enough restructured meat in me to classify me as "pig" ...

                                1. re: ocpitmaster

                                  I'm wondering this too - I swore off most fast food over 15 years ago (exceptions are In-N-Out when available, Chipotle, Subway if I'm desperate). Super saucy BBQ isn't really my thing, but McDonald's promotional genius with the McRib keeps making me wonder what I'm missing. Should I break the embargo and try this thing?

                              2. I don't think I have ever had one. If I ordered a McRib, hold the rib, what would I get?

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                                1. re: Veggo

                                  A sauce and pickle sandwich, I'd imagine.

                                2. I saw the TV ad during football the other day. They claim it is dry-rubbed in Memphis style, slathered with Kansas City barbecue sauce, with crunchy onion and tart pickles that will put you in mind of North Carolina barbecue.

                                  They certainly covered all the bases there.

                                  1. I think it depends on the location. I had one this past weekend and Id swear the sauce was watered down.

                                    1. Tastes the same to me but the only time I eat a McRib or a filet o fish is when i see ipsedixit posting about them. I always forget to tell 'em to go easy on the sauce and it comes smothered in it.

                                      1. Ate my first McRib ever this week. I think that one will be enough. I'm glad ya'll like them though.

                                        1. You've got my attention. The cafetera at work used to have the same pork product as a weekly grill special, only they used Bulls Eye bbq sauce and it was just delightful. When they stopped serving it I went to McD's for one next time I saw it and was bitterly disappointed at the sauce they used. If it's cunchier and the sauce is more flavorful sweeter, at least- I found it flat and unappetizing which I hardly ever say about bbq sauces). I really like the patty's texture and flavor