Although the McRib is certainly one of McDonald’s most egregious acts of culinary terrorism—it has spawned a cult following unlike anything we have ever seen, and has become one of the most polarizing fast food items in history.
First introduced in 1981, the McRib was a ‘pork’ patty sandwich smothered in a barbecue sauce concoction. The sandwich was marketed as boneless, however it was made to have the appearance of a side of ribs. This reinforces the theory that mystery meat molds and spare pig parts were involved.
Since it was discontinued after its initial run, The McRib has been known to occasionally reappear on McDonald’s menus worldwide. It actually received an unfortunate rebirth in 1994 with help from The Flintstones. Watch at your own risk:
McDonald’s launched the McRib Farewell Tour in 2005 to retire the sandwich, and end any rumors of its return. However, not unlike certain rock bands who don’t know when to quit, the retirement was short-lived and the McRib would go on to make more unnecessary appearances.
After foodiggity bashed the McRib in a previous article, we were contacted by several McRib devotees who rushed to its defense. Obviously feeling nostalgic will sometimes cloud one’s better judgement—like trusting the undeveloped palate that you had when you were eight, or believing that The Who actually sounded good at the Super Bowl.
What fond memories or night terrors do you remember from the McRib?