McDonald's McRib: Is it Worth the Hype?

There's a good vibe that's soft and chewy when it comes to McDonald's McRib sandwich. Pickles and onions add a pleasant contrast of flavor and texture, making it a unique menu item compared to McDonald's other offerings. In principle, the sandwich is fine, but does it live up to the hype? The pork burger hardly tastes like pork, but it wasn't bad either. The texture wasn't as rubbery as I expected, so I guess it's a good thing.

The pork burger, complete with fake grill marks or bones (not sure which one it's supposed to be), didn't have a strong flavor. It was definitely like pork, but I could probably have convinced myself that it was chicken or turkey. McDonald's claims that BBQ sauce is acidic, but that's a bit of an exaggeration. It looked like a generic BBQ sauce. The pickles and onions were fine, and the latter added a nice crunch.

In short, it was a medium-flavored sandwich. The truth is somewhere not even a little close to either of us. It's not that terrible for what it is, but for me at least the consistency is a little weird. It's worth a try for two dollars, but I'll stick with your chicken and fries. More than 30 years later, I discovered that Swansons or Hungry Man came out with a barbecue pork TV dinner that tastes exactly like McRib's pie. Before trying the McRib, I must admit that I was a little nervous because, frankly, the whole concept didn't sound so appetizing to me.

I was thrilled to see what all the hype was about and if the sandwich lived up to my enormous expectations. If not, the McRib will carry your taste buds through a miserable whirlwind of loops and corkscrews while your tongue hangs for life. Of course, this was the first day my local McDonald's offered the menu item, so maybe there's a bit of a learning curve when it comes to making the perfect sandwich. Because of the positive aspects of the sandwich, I perhaps understood why it could be a favorite item on the menu of some people and remind them of simpler times long before the pandemic. I suppose most of you good readers of TIB have had a McRib several times in my life. It also seems more than a coincidence to me that after initially failing, the McRib was brought back on a limited basis in 1989, a year after the Cinderella hair band taught us: “I don't know what you have (until it's gone).McDonald's McRib is a perfectly mediocre sandwich wrapped in an intoxicating aura of weirdness and mystique.

This is what it was like to test McDonald's McCrib for the first time, plus my verdict on whether it lived up to expectations. But it tastes like pork, and it has a nice meaty flavor once you manage to pick it out of the otherwise busy sandwich. When I tried it, I thought it was unique compared to McDonald's other offerings, but it was a little disappointing considering all the hype McRib fans have for the sandwich. Ultimately though, McDonald's McRib is worth trying at least once - especially if you're looking for something different from your usual order.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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