Review: McDonald’s McRib

McDonald's McRibThe fan favorite, cult classic, whatever you want to call it, the McRib Sandwich is back again at McDonald’s. McDonald’s has released this sandwich right before Christmas as a kind of Christmas gift to all the good little McRib fans this year. This sandwich has a history of making a return to the McDonald’s menu once a year. The sandwich consists of a pork patty slathered in barbecue sauce, dill pickles, and slivered onions all on a hoagie bun. I picked up the McRib for the price of $2.99

McDonald's McRib

How Does it Taste?

I had the McRib last year, and I can safely say that this is the exact same sandwich. Before I even opened my McRib the strong smell of the barbecue sauce was in the air. After opening the box the sandwich came in, it was apparent why. There was no shortage of barbecue sauce on the McRib, this sandwich was seriously swimming in the stuff. The barbecue sauce was definitely tangy. It was kind of sweet and not really that smokey. I normally prefer smokier sauces, but this particular sauce works wonders for the sandwich. The pork patty was a combination of spongy and rubbery, but it wasn’t tough. It reminded me of those pork patty sandwiches they’d serve to us in elementary school. I never did like those, but fortunately I do like the McRib. It’s like the adult version of those school cafeteria sandwiches.

McDonald's McRib

The pickles really lent themselves to this sandwich. They provide a nice tartness and much needed crunch to the McRib. Pickles and barbecue go so well together, and it’s no different even on a McDonald’s sandwich. I found there to be an adequate amount of pickles. Not too many, not too few.

McDonald's McRib

The onions, while there were plenty of them, provided little flavor. They provided the majority of the crunch this sandwich needed, but the tang of the sauce and the pickles casts the flavor of the onions into the background. Personally I view this as a win, because I’m not a huge fan of raw onions on my sandwiches, so for me I enjoyed the fact that they weren’t very strong.

McDonald's McRib


For me the McRib is something I enjoy, and I think that it is truly at home as a seasonal menu item. If it was a permanent menu item I probably wouldn’t be eating these every month like I do with other McDonald’s sandwiches, but while it’s in season I always make sure to pick up at least one. I almost hesitate to call this a barbecue sandwich. The McRib has it’s own kind of vibe going. It’s not the prettiest or most sophisticated sandwich, but it is a tasty sandwich that I suggest everybody try at least once.

The Score

Taste: 7.5/10

Presentation: 7/10

Pros: Tons of sauce, pickles and onions provide a good crunch, yearly tradition
Cons: Pork patty has strange kind of texture, reminds me of elementary school pork sandwiches

McDonald’s Mcrib commercial (2011):

Also, you might want to check out these 11 amazing McRib facts.

Nutrition Facts

McRib Sandwich
Calories: 500
Calories from Fat: 240
Total Fat: 26g
Sat. Fat: 10g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 980mg
Carbs: 44g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 11g
Protein: 22g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.

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