McRib Sandwich

The McRib is a sandwich that is periodically sold at McDonald’s and has attained somewhat of a cult following. It consists of a pressed pork patty formed to resemble a tiny rack of ribs, barbecue sauce, pickles, and onions. It’s served on what some would call a homestyle roll.

Interestingly enough, it was first introduced to the McDonald’s menu in 1981, which just so happens to be the same year I was born. This could be part of the reason why it has become so popular. Because, other than that, I’ve spent countless hours and far too many sleepless nights trying to come up with an equation that would finally explain why this sandwich has become so beloved by so many.

A previous coworker of mine absolutely loved McRib sandwiches and would swear by them almost as much as another previous coworker of mine would swear by the Cheesy Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell.

I’m pretty sure his favorite time of year was McRib season at participating McDonald’s. I also believe he measured time using the McRib calendar. I say this in all seriousness. I’m not making fun of anyone here, because some people just truly adore this sandwich.

Now that I’ve said all that, let me tell you my take on the whole thing. I’ve tried one McRib in my entire life and I will say it was…okay.

I could honestly take it or leave it. I can purchase a sandwich just like it at my local gas station/convenience store/pantry/station for much cheaper and have the option of adding a variety of different vegetables to it as well.

But my opinion matters not. People will continue to consume this enigma of a sandwich with its tangy barbecue sauce in great quantities for as long as McDonald’s keeps providing it.