Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The McDonald's McRib Sandwich

I've never had a McDonald's McRib Sandwich before and wasn't planning on trying it either. According to McDonald's, it's a "legendary sandwich" that was first introduced in the 1980's and was last available in Canada as a limited-time offer in 2008. Well obviously I ended up trying the McRib anyway. Why? I guess the kind folks at McDonald's were impressed by my McDonald's DIY Quadruple Filet-O-Fish Sandwich + Bonus Burger blog post as they emailed me and asked me if I would be interested in trying the McDonald's McRib Sandwich with these "Be My Guest" cards. Ok sure then!


However, even before receiving these "Be My Guest" cards, I've heard from many that the McDonald's McRib Sandwich wasn't too great. Having said that, the general consensus was the same - "if it's free then why not?" Needless to say I did not have high hopes for this "legendary sandwich".


Too lazy to go out, I asked my boyfriend on Saturday if he could bring home a McDonald's McRib Sandwich for me. He brought back three; two for himself, one for me



As per McDonald's, the McDonald's McRib Sandwich consists of "marinated BBQ sauce topped with pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun". I got one small pickle O_o



My reaction to the McDonald's McRib Sandwich:


Let me put it plain and simple: the McDonalds McRib Sandwich is most probably the worse sandwich I've ever had at McDonald's


The boneless pork patty was horrendous! I know full well that it wasn't gonna be like Ribfest ribs or something and that it was processed meat, but honestly, it was the worst piece of processed meat I've ever had in my life. It was like chewing a piece of thick cardboard, not wood, but cardboard, or even laminate like the ones from Ikea. It had zero resemblance to a "rib" and had zero taste. The only taste from the whole sandwich came from the "tangy BBQ sauce" which the "rib" was practically swimming in. It was way too tangy.  It shouldn't be a surprise either when I say I couldn't taste the pickles (nor the onions really). The McDonald's McRib Sandwich was a basically a tangy sauce sandwich with tasteless meat. 


I had two bites and gave the rest of my McDonald's McRib Sandwich to my boyfriend. Even he, who is not picky with food at all, thought the McDonald's McRib Sandwich was disgusting (it was his first time having it too). I'm just thankful that we did not have pay for this terrible tasting thing.

Conclusion: There will be no "Tangy Temptation" from me, ever. 

Oh yeah, and I want to address the following. Many people say "What do you expect? It's McDonald's!" or even better is "What? You go to McDonald's?!" All I gotta say is this 1) I have a different set of expectations for different kinds of foods, 2) I can also like McDonald's and fine dining at the same time, and 3) I am flexible and I am not a food snob =D





21 comments:

Graham Rowlands said...

What? You go to McDonald's?! ;)

Spatulageek said...

That is some strong stuff if it can overpower the onions and pickles!  Those looks like the same patties for a 'rib' sub.  I have a friend that LOVES the stuff.  My tounge went numb and not like the nice kind from szchewan peppers! Tangy and temptation are two words I can't imagine being used together! lol

Those 5 shots couldn't have said it better! :)

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Daniel Saraga said...

Good 'ol Galen Weston Jr. introduced his own version as well: PC Barbecue Ribbits (the "ribbit" having nothing to do with frogs...) http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/products.jsp?type=details&catIds=116&productId=16709

While the occasional McRib is a guilty pleasure once every three or four years (I know it tastes terrible technically, I think it's the sauce that redeems it), I think the thrill of the McRib could get ruined by this product.

ChriscollinsTO said...

Love your McRib blog. And pictures worth a thousand words.

@deguzzi said...

Love the facial expressions... priceless!

amanda said...

i love your blog! :) i was introduced to it by a friend (who's sister's wedding you attending i think?) but i love your comments at the end about how you're not a food snob :) i think it's important..and although i too consider myself a foodie, i could never produce such insightful and such awesome blog posts as you! :) i love it!

Teena in Toronto said...

I've never tried one and have no desire to :(

foodieyu said...

Yeah don't bother!

foodieyu said...

Aww thanks Amanda for taking the time to write me such a nice comment! =D Thanks for reading and being a fan!!!

foodieyu said...

LOL I initially thought this was spam =P

foodieyu said...

This is literally the face im making --> =P

foodieyu said...

You mean ONE PICKLE lol~ I honestly find the sauce not too bad, just in moderation you know? It would be awesome if they offer the sauce with the McNuggets or something...everything else was garbage. 

foodieyu said...

OK the PC ones look so much better than the McRib! That's for sureee~ I agree with your statement...I just don't see it staying as "legendary" if nobody likes it.

Brian Pho said...

Good post! McRib was very saucy to probably cover up the meat taste.. Wasn't too interested in it - however, McDonalds do have good fast food.... I like their fries, triple thick shakes (which are suprisingly good) and their McChicken has been a staple for awhile...

Although I do prefer healthy, fresh farmer's market food - sometimes McDonalds can just hit the spot!
 

Leesh said...

I had one a couple of weeks ago and was so disgusted by it. My coworkers laughed at me when I told them I got a McRib for lunch. After I ate it, I got why they were laughing at me. I love McNuggets, McChicken and all but that sandwich was gross.

btw - love your shattered nails.

Jason Heinz said...

I can see why you disliked this so much. I do admit, the way they prepare the McRib now is terrible to the way we made them back in the late 80's when I worked at a Golden Arch. Just a few changes usually make this sandwich much better. First off, ALWAYS get cheese on it. There should have been 2 pickles (to give a slight sour taste to the sweet BBQ sauce). I think some places are watering down the BBQ sauce, because it used to have much more punch! Now mind you the meat is cooked in their clam flat top cooker. Then kept warm in the BBQ sauce and made to order. We used to set the cook time longer to give more crispiness to the meat, because it will soften while in the sauce. 
I do agree, I no longer eat these when McD's offers them. I hope this helped.

foodieyu said...

O yeaaahhh I crave McDs sometimes, especially their fries and of course my fav, Filet-O-Fish LOL ^_^

foodieyu said...

YOU got a McRIB?! I'm surprised too LOL~ hehe thx ^^ They are a pain to take off tho 

foodieyu said...

I've heard from a few other people that the McRib used to be so much better too! There was definitely no crispiness to mine :( Thanks for the info it totally helped! 

Mary said...

I had recently just tried a Mc Rib too...I didn't have one the first time it came around! It kind of reminds me of the rib sandwich that they used to serve in my cafeteria. I guess for that one reason alone I liked it because it brought back nostalgic memories. But other than that I agree -nothing to get too excited about!

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