The McRib is Back…But Not Permanently


McDonald’s famous McRib sandwich is returning to the fast-food giant soon (if it hasn’t already). But as always, the appearance will be short-lived.

If you love the McRib sandwich at McDonald’s, this will be a good month for you. The sandwich makes its return in October.

Some locations already have it as of this past Monday. Some others won’t receive their first shipment until next week.

If you’ve never tried the McRib, imagine taking tender baby back ribs, removing the actual rib bones and converting the meat to a rectangular patty. Place the patty, along with barbecue sauce, onions and pickles on a bun and there you have it.

Some people love to make fun of the sandwich. I happen to enjoy it.

Then again, I like good baby back ribs. Unfortunately, my wallet tends to not like the price of baby back ribs in most restaurants. (And often, they’re overcooked and dried out.)

Not so with the famous McRib.

If you’re like me, you look forward to the McRib’s annual (or perhaps semi-annual) return. If you’re like me, you have no idea when the sandwich appears and reappears. You’re just generally happy when you notice that it is back on sale again.

Some people who love the McRib far more than I do created a website to track its on-again, off-again presence. The website can tell you which McDonald’s restaurants near you stock the tasty sandwich.

If you see a McDonald’s near you has them, you can even report a “sighting.”

Okay, I like my McRib, but maybe someone’s gone a little overboard.

On the other hand, KSNV-TV in Las Vegas describes the sandwich as having developed a cult following. I’ll buy that. (It also claims this year will be the first time in five years that Vegas customers will be able to get their hands on one.)

The McRib made its debut in 1981 and always returns for that pesky “limited time.”

If you’re a fan, it’s time to enjoy it while you can.

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