McDonald’s McRib is back!
A Hot Culinary Love Affair
I recently read some food blogs with unconfirmed reports that the McRib would be back on October 25th. When I read these words my blood pressure spiked, my face got flush and I became awkward like a 13-year-old boy with sweaty palms at his first boy-girl dance. I had memories rushing forward of its toasted fluffy bakery bun, tangy bbq sauce, pressed federation of sweet and tender pork meat into a boneless “rib” shape and topped with pickles and sweet brown onion.
Why The McRib?
First, the McRib returns only comes to visit once every couple of years. When it returns, it is like having a torrid affair with a long-lost lover. At first, you just cant get enough of each other, but then the excitement goes away and you can’t stand looking at it anymore. Then the McRib disappears overnight, and then you regret not spending more time together at the end.
Second, I think many foodies have a strong emotional connection between the McRib and their Childhood. I remember my first time with a McRib in 1984, when I was a young boy eating my first McRib while watching the Los Angeles Olympics on the television. Even then, I can remember biting through the fluffy and slightly toasted roll and tasting the sweet tang of BBQ sauce. When I bit further the awesome flavor of the fake rib meat mixed with the tart flavor of the pickle, savory flavor of white onion and tang of the BBQ Sauce coming together. When I chewed these ingredients together for the first time, the flavor and texture profile left me breathless and my pupils dilated. I was just a young boy, but that late summer day, McDonalds made me an addict and lover to their McRib Sandwich.
To you my fellow McRib lover, it is o.k. to be a full-fledged foodie and still appreciate the McRib. It is o.k. to visit the culinary ghetto, because the ghetto still has some charm.
To you the foodie haters out there who raise your nose at the McRib, it is more popular than you might realize. When I visited McDonalds during lunch, every single table had ordered the McRib including men, women and old people….even a Priest. I interviewed a couple at McDonalds about their experience, “I fed my Son his first McRib today and I am very proud.” LOL