Fast Food Review: McRib from McDonald’s
I’ve been anxiously awaiting November 2nd for the McRib’s return. A week from today, the McRib is back. Well driving by a McDonald’s today, I come to find that the McRib is back early… for me anyway. Of course I hit the drive-thru and paid my $2.79 for a taste of nostalgia. It’s been well over a decade since the last time I set tastebuds on the McRib. Time to review.
So nostalgia… what exactly does it taste like? Um, sorta like that fakey-sweet BBQ sauce you find in those cheap barbecue frozen dinners. While it’s not the tastiest, most decadent BBQ pork sandwich you’ll come across, it’s one of the few choices of this style you’ll find in fast food. When the McRib makes an appearance in random places and is so darn hard to find, the thrill of the hunt makes this average sandwich the stuff of legends. In my opinion, the McRib has always been just OK, if not mediocre. The elusiveness of the McRib has been the biggest draw for me. I’ve been on my fair share of McRib hunts and have used the McRib locator with no success.
As I mentioned in my Food News post a couple weeks ago, the McRib is a boneless pork product shaped into a BBQ sauce slathered “rib-like” slab, topped with pickles and onions and sandwiched between a corn dusted bun. I’m sure a lot of you already know what you’re getting into when it comes to the McRib. You don’t really want to question what it is or how it’s made, just dive in and enjoy. The BBQ sauce used, well, I’m not a big fan of it. It’s sweet without spice and a good BBQ sauce for me has a nice balance of both. My version of the McRib would use Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet ‘n Spicy BBQ sauce… and I’d be in heaven. I like the onions in the McRib for the flavor variety and crunch, but the pickles are just pointless to me. I’m no fan of the pickles used in everything McDonald’s has to offer because I’ve always found them to be overly sour (but the pickles used in the Angus Burgers are pretty good). The McRib bun is decent and does the job, but beware of a corn dusted bun leaving it’s dust everywhere. My McRib was hot and all the ingredients seemed proportioned right. For $2.79 (sandwich alone), I felt the McRib was priced fair.
In closing, the McRib will always be worth a buy for me just as long as it goes away for years and pokes it’s head out every once in a while. It’s not a great sandwich to me, but it does have some fanatics out there. Either you love it or hate it seems to be the consensus, although I find myself kinda in the middle. I love the McRib once every decade and that’s good enough for me.
Pros: Priced Fair. Nice bun. Crunchy, flavorful onions. I've always liked the name McRib. Nostalgia.
Cons: Messy and not meant for grubbing on the go. Not a fan of the pickles. Wish the BBQ sauce had some spice to go along with the sweet.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Calories - 500
Fat - 26 grams
Saturated Fat - 10 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 980 milligrams
Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 11 grams
Protein - 22 grams