What Does the McRib Look Like?

The photo above shows what frozen McRibs look like. This photo appears to have been taken and leaked by a McDonald's employee — it doesn't look too appetizing in its pre-cooked state, does it? The McRib is a barbecue-flavored pork sandwich regularly sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's. It was first introduced to the McDonald's menu in 1981, following trial marketing the previous year. When you take a look at the photo shared through Reddit of what is said to be McRib raw meat, you can see why it doesn't look too appetizing.

According to the McDonald's website, the novel annual fake and sparse sandwich features tender, boneless pork shaped like bones dipped in sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. The McRib is known both for its curious form and dedicated fans, including Stephen Colbert and the Conan writers. Reddit user DjDanak claims that a friend who works at McDonald's sent him the photo above of McRib's frozen meat, but from now on it's not entirely clear if this is the real deal. The boxes pictured appear to put McRib's supposed supply somewhere in Canada.

McDonald's McRib is a perfectly mediocre sandwich wrapped in an intoxicating aura of weirdness and mystique. Is it as good as the legends say? Of course not. It's a mystery meat sandwich wrapped in spicy barbecue juice. But ultimately, it's as difficult to separate McRib's mythical status as it is to remove the sauce stains that ended up everywhere.

The clip shows several frozen McRib burgers, which are white rectangles with “rib” shaped protrusions on the top. To make matters worse, there are a lot of rumors about the McRib and what it may (or may not) contain. Before trying the McRib, many people are a little nervous because, frankly, the whole concept doesn't sound so appetizing to them. McRib's return was enthusiastically greeted by fans of the sandwich, which usually appears for a limited time per region.

It was his inspiration 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. Several other warming ovens are filled with BBQ sauce, and presumably contain the McRibs that are next to serve. So is anyone hungry or have I taken away your appetite? Now do you think the McRib is disgusting or did you always find it disgusting and not worth eating? Maybe all the nutritional facts, descriptions of animal cruelty, and extraneous ingredients didn't affect you. If not, the McRib will carry your taste buds through a miserable whirlwind of loops and corkscrews while your tongue hangs for life.

The sandwich, as well as the cultural phenomenon of chasing the McRib, were the main theme of the Simpsons episode I'm Spelling as Fast as I Can, in which he parodies himself as the Ribwich and gains cult followers. This is good news because it means you can double (or triple) this recipe and always have McRib burgers ready to cook in the freezer.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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