McDonald's McRib is Back: Celebrating 40 Years of Deliciousness

McDonald's announced Thursday that the limited-time offer of the McRib will return to menus across the country on November 1st. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the McRib, which was a flop in its debut but has since become a fan favorite menu item.


lovers, your day is coming soon!The fast-food restaurant chain credited the Internet and social media for consolidating “McRib's icon status” and the birth of the phrase “McRib Season.” In a year of disappointment and canceled events due to the coronavirus pandemic, the McRib continues to return. The sandwich, which consists of seasoned boneless pork, barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles in a sandwich-style bun, was first released regionally in Kansas City, Kansas in 1981 before its national debut the following year. When it was first introduced, the sandwich wasn't going well, but it has since become a fan favorite.

The news for a year shaken by the coronavirus pandemic, devastating wildfires, divisive presidential elections and much more was greeted with open arms and (eventually) with wallets. Several McDonald's restaurants served McRib sandwiches earlier than usual on Monday due to the launch of a limited-time offer. Time and again since then, devotees have sneaked out to get their hands on the popular product, even employing an online “McRib Locator” to focus on their tempting goal. The McRib was created by McDonald's first executive chef and McNuggets inventor, Rene Arend, after feasting on shredded pork sandwiches on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. In 1982, McDonald's also gave away 10,000 McRib sandwiches to fans through its Shave 4 McRib Giveaway. In a statement announcing the return of the McRib, Mike Bullington, senior file manager at McDonald's said that the iconic sandwich is destined to be “enjoyed during the colder seasons.” If McRib takes to the streets across the country for at least this decade, its return is likely to occur simultaneously. The McRib has been around for 40 years now and it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere anytime soon.

So if you're a fan of this delicious sandwich, make sure you get your hands on one before they're gone!.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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