The McRib Experiment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 03:36 PM

McRib box

A Lopate Show producer wanted to see what all the fuss about the McDonald's sandwich was about. She found out.

For the most part, foodies want nothing to do with McDonald’s, but when it comes to the McRib….well, somehow, it’s inspired what the Associated Press this week called “a cult-like following.”

So Monday’s news that the McRib would be making a 3-week limited engagement appearance at all McDonald’s locations in the US got the foodie blogosphere abuzz. And it got me wondering why so many people love this sandwich.

So off I went to the nearest McDonald’s. My colleagues’ reactions ranged from “Why?” to “Why in the hell would you ever want to eat that?!?! Do you hate yourself?!”


The best way I can describe the taste of a McRib is if a McDonald’s hamburger and a pretty bland breakfast sausage had a baby, you’d end up with the meat part. Add some pretty mild, but not incredibly sweet, barbecue sauce on top. Put it in a bun that has those little specks on it (not sure what to call those). And there you have the McRib.

One of the fundamental hurdles for the McRib is the lack of bones, which underlines the fact that this hasn’t exactly come off a barbecue. But I tried very hard not to think about that.

Still, I see why some people like it so much. Like everything else you can eat at McDonald’s, it’s been designed to be pleasing.


For dessert? A huge bowl of fruit salad.

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Comments [4]

Sheldon from Brooklyn

Ah, a dubious slab of pork product mixture, embellished into a "rib-like" shape, with bits of pickle and onion, drowned in a generic albeit generous amount of bbq sauce, stuck between an uninspiring bun. I just can't get enough.

Oct. 27 2011 11:08 AM
Steve Górka

Didn't you get some raw onion pieces on yours? I did when I visited Lansford PA's Mickey D's last week. (Where the order takers' prompt after you order a "meal" is "One sandwich or two?") Come to think of it, didn't they used to come with pickles?

Oct. 26 2011 06:05 PM

you mean that TOTAL BABE watching in bemusement/horror.

Oct. 26 2011 05:25 PM

I like the photo of the guy watching in bemusement/horror as you dig in.

Oct. 26 2011 04:21 PM

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