McRib Season is Here: Get Ready for the 2021 Return of the Iconic Sandwich!

It's time to get excited, because McRib season is here! Since its introduction in 1981, McDonald's has been in the habit of keeping the iconic sandwich on the menu for a short period of time, so make sure to get yours quickly before it disappears again. The McRib features a seasoned boneless pork burger wrapped in BBQ sauce, then served with shredded onions and dill pickles on a homemade bun. The launch of social media consolidated McRib's status as one of the few menu items with cult followers. The McRib first appeared on the McDonald's menu in 1981 as a regional bite in Kansas City, Kansas, and quickly stole the hearts (and taste buds) of fans with its signature flavor.

The sandwich is made up of seasoned boneless pork, sour barbecue sauce, onions and pickles in a sandwich-style bun. It was first released regionally in Kansas City, Kansas, before its national debut the following year. To celebrate the sandwich's 40th anniversary, McDonald's announced a contest Thursday in which it will give away digital versions of the fan-favorite sandwich. Last year, McDonald's gave away 10,000 free sandwiches before McRib's return with its Shave 4 McRib Giveaway.

Plus, if you're a member of the MyMcDonald's Rewards program, you'll earn points for every dollar you spend, including your McRib fee. The free McDonald's mobile app is the easiest way to find the McRib sandwich early and know when other items are available. So make sure to do as many McDonald's races after November 1 as possible to satisfy your McRib craving before it goes off the menus again. The McRib foreshadowed a fashionable LTO future, and now it's time to get ready for its 2021 return! The buzz surrounding the annual return of food has introduced the phrase “McRib Season” into the global lexicon.

So mark your calendars because the legendary sandwich will soon reappear at McDonald's locations.

Tristan Gagliardo
Tristan Gagliardo

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