McRib: The Cult Classic Sandwich That Keeps Coming Back

The McRib is a limited-time pork sandwich that has been around since 1981. It's a cult classic that has gained a devoted fan base, and McDonald's even launched its own mcrib locator app to help customers locate restaurants that sold it. The fast-food giant brought the mcrib to 10,000 of its 14,000 U. S. locations for its 40th anniversary.

The McRib consists of a restructured boneless pork burger shaped like miniature ribs, barbecue sauce, onions and pickles, served as a sandwich on a 5 ½ inch (14 cm) roll. It was created by McDonald's executive chef Rene Arend, who was inspired to shape the McRib pie like a slab of ribs, despite the fact that a round burger would have been cheaper to make and serve on standard hamburger buns. The novelty surrounding the McRib is not just an advantage that comes with its seasonal status, but it is the driving force behind its appeal. When diners know that something is only available for a limited period of time, they are more motivated to make time to buy it than if you were always there waiting for them.

Temporary dishes can also add variety to a menu that has been based on the same staple foods for decades. McDonald's has always known about its customers' strange sandwich obsession, and its marketing takes full advantage of McRib's shortage. The only clue to McRib's return was a teaser tweet asking followers to activate their notifications for the “biggest announcement”. We may see McRib's national return at any time, as it was released for its 40th anniversary. The main reason McDonald's will never make the McRib a permanent fixture is the thrill of having a limited-edition menu.

Some people think McRib is an abomination of 70 ingredients, while others can't get enough of the barbecue pork sandwich. Whether you love it or hate it, the divisive dish always generates a buzz every time it returns to menus after a periodic pause. Smithfield Foods, the pork supplier of McDonald's McRib, faces scrutiny from the Humane Society for the inhumane treatment of its pigs. A McRib offer is available throughout the year for some international customers, including those in Germany and Belgium. It's notoriously hard to find out how many mcribs are sold each year due to its limited availability and random release dates. However, it's clear that the McRib has become an iconic part of McDonald's menu and will continue to be brought back every year.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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