Nov 3, 2010

Review: McDonald's - McRib

I finally tried my first McRib ever. And, it was good! For those of you who don't know, the McRib is a pork sandwich at McDonald's (much like almost anything with a "Mc" prefix) featuring a formed ground pork patty slathered in barbecue sauce, topped with slivers of onions and a couple of pickle slices, and served on a corn-meal-dusted 6-inch roll. Pricing is around the Big Mac range at a reasonable $2.69.

It comes and goes like a stray cat (well, except in Germany where it's a permanent menu item) and will be available nationally this time until December 5th.

I liked the feel of the bun. I was surprised, when I first touched the bun, to find that it felt oven warmed, at least on the top, the bottom bun was quite a bit softened by the weight and heat of the patty. It feels more like a premium bun than the other buns McDonald's serves up.
From the pictures and my imagination, I thought the McRib would be oversauced. It wasn't. And, the bbq sauce was a lot more muted than I expected; Not too sweet or tangy. I think your mileage may vary with that one though depending on the person making it.
I wonder who came up with the idea of shaping a boneless ground pork patty into an odd caricature of a mini rack of ribs. Regardless, the McRib's pork patty was actually juicy; probably the juiciest meat from any livestock I've had off of McDonald's menu. I guess it's a little bit like rib meat but, without the rib texture, which is kinda weird frankly.
I like the crunchy, fresh onions and minimalism of the whole affair. Just onions and pickles. I've come to realize that McDonald's pickles are fairly tame and somewhat soggy; for the McRib they use the common pickles like the ones used in the Big Mac and not the better premium pickles used in the Angus Third Pounders.
I had some good Texas-style BBQ recently, and I kept thinking if McDonald's were to put some rub on the patty and give it a nice, slow smoking it would be awesome... with a brief sear over flames for some nice char... mmmmm... But, really that's just nitpicking. I have to say my first McRib experience was still pretty awesome.

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Nutritional Info - McRib (209g)
Calories - 500 (from Fat - 240)
Fat - 26g (Saturated Fat - 10g)
Sodium - 980mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 22g


  1. I believe the review said it was awesome.

    This is getting to be too close to a promo/reaction from the Miz of WWE. Of course, I think the Miz is awesome too, so I love it. Aweeessommmmeeeeeeee!!


  2. I tried my first McRib yesterday. I was actually pretty pleased with it. I know it's not the healthiest thing in the world to eat, but if I was after health food, I wouldn't be in a McD's to begin with.

    Next time, I'll ask for extra onions, because they really do complement the sandwich quite well.

  3. Hello, i'm a french chef, and i just wanted to let you know that i can't even believe that you eat such crap, which isn't even meat but conjonctive tissues and aponevroses, fat and sugar coated.

    You're getting poisoned and make reviews about it !


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