Dude, Where's My McRib? (Hint: It's Coming Soon!)

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Image courtesy McDonald's
Coming soon! Finally!

The Guilty Pleasure: The McRib
Where To Get It: McDonald's, scores of locations Valleywide
Price: About $2.50
What It Really Costs: Several more days of patience.

Some foods transcend being a guilty pleasure, and turn into cult classics. The king of them is McDonald's McRib. Since the sandwich wouldn't sell well as a year-round item, McDonald's concentrates the demand to a few short weeks each year. Foodies with a modicum of self-control can remind themselves that one of the ingredients in the bun is also used in yoga mats. Still, there's a surprising number of people out there who love the sandwich but won't admit it.

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This year, the McRib made headlines by not making its usual autumn appearance, in hibernation until winter. According to McDonald's, the move is primarily to boost sales during one of the slower periods of the year. More than a couple of people I know have been on pins and needles, wondering when it's finally going to make its annual appearance like Punxsutawney Phil. Ladies and gentlemen, McDonald's has announced the McRib's official return date:

December 17th. That's right, just a little over a week until you can get your annual McRib

I'm more excited than I should be for the McRib's return. The sweet-and-tangy sandwich, some of their best-in-class fries, and a big cup of sweet tea is one killer combination. What can I say, the McRib is the king of foods I hate to love. Are you looking forward to it? Can't wait to heckle anyone caught up in the fervor?

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mcriblocator
mcriblocator

@TheCosmicJester many locations have had the McRib for weeks!

ttolma
ttolma

@TheCosmicJester according to @scottaak, the McDonald's at fiesta mall has the mcrib already.

95Sports
95Sports

@realjoe As much as I love the McRib, I'd love to see a @joesfarmgrill or @libertymarket version of it. cc: @traina

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Why would anyone put that processed crap in their body? I have up that place when I ate s burger that tasted like cow shit smells.

Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

Gag. The bones are created using the same stuff the use in sneaker rubber. Seriously.

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

I stand corrected. You *officially* have less than a week for McRib. Some locations have already opened the pork floodgates. @mcriblocator

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

@ttolma @scottaak I can hear the thundering herds already.

realjoe
realjoe

@95Sports good idea!

JKGrence
JKGrence

@Joe Kennedy Hi, welcome to the Guilty Pleasures column, where I regularly wax poetic about processed crap. So, what's your guilty pleasure?

JKGrence
JKGrence

@Alicia Geier Close, but no cigar. No bones about it (pun definitely intended), the part that looks like the bones is just the shaped patty; ribbed for your pleasure, if you will. The McRib patty's ingredient list is pretty straightforward for fast food: Pork, water, dextrose, salt, and some preservatives.

The cause célèbre ingredient found in sneaker soles and gym mats, azodicarbonamide, is a flour bleaching agent that's in the bun. I sleuthed around and found out the McRib is a total scapegoat. It's in every bun at McDonald's. They're far from the only one. It's also in every bun at Wendy's, Subway, Jack in the Box, Arby's, and Carl's Jr., to name just a few.

95Sports
95Sports

@libertymarket @realjoe Looks delicious. Does the compote have any pickle components in it?

traina
traina

@libertymarket @95sports @realjoe it was a short rib inspired mcrib. we will see what we can do when your in town @95Sports

95Sports
95Sports

@libertymarket @realjoe @traina Oh, we'll be at Liberty and @joesfarmgrill, no doubt. Bringing the parents along too!

libertymarket
libertymarket

@95Sports @realjoe @traina We hope to see you!

95Sports
95Sports

@libertymarket @realjoe I look forward to hearing @traina's insight. I was sad I had to miss it last year. But I'll be in PHX in 2 wks

libertymarket
libertymarket

@95Sports @realjoe hmmm...i don't recall. it was part of a special "fast food" inspired community dinner we held. maybe chef @traina knows?

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