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The McRib is back!


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#121 Jaymes

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:01 AM

The main thing this thread has done for me is to make me want to go try a McRib.  Never have.  Knew it wasn't real barbecue (I'm so insightful that way) and I'm lucky enough to live in an area with lots of excellent barbecue.

 

But now, I've just got to have one.

 

And so I will!


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#122 rotuts

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:22 AM

let us know.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:30 AM

let us know.

 

Oooh, I will.

 

And, I am a KCBS-Certified Barbecue Judge, so you can trust my expertise in these matters.


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#124 rotuts

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:37 AM

are You in for one Big Surprise !


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#125 Jaymes

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:51 AM

are You in for one Big Surprise !

 

Wow!  That tasty, eh?


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#126 jsmeeker

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:40 AM

A few weeks ago, I got my annual fix.  Tasted like I remembered it.    I still get a kick out of all the outrage over this sandwich. Every year it is reappears, you see the media stir up the pot by telling us how bad it is, showing us pictures that are supposed to make us shudder in fear.  I mean, really? Is a frozen McRib patty and more scary looking than the frozen hamburger patties that McDonalds slings out every day all year long?


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#127 Porthos

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:31 PM

I went in for my annual fix. Was not happy with it. They were stingy with the BBQ sauce. That will do until next year. My standard Mickey Dee's fair will be back on my personal menu: The Grilled Chicken Southwest Salad.


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#128 judiu

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:56 PM

I like the grilled bacon ranch salad, but they're chintzy with the chicken!
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#129 Jaymes

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:29 AM

So I had my first McRib Sandwich.  It was a surreal experience for me.  I wasn't expecting a brisket lovingly slow-smoked over oak and then hand-sliced.  I wasn't expecting a hunk of pork lovingly slow-smoked over hickory and then hand-pulled.  I wasn't expecting ribs or sausage, or even chicken.
 
But, as I've been eating "barbecue" of all sorts for some six decades, I guess I was expecting some sort of meat texture. 
 
The sauce was fine - if you like the typical tomato-based sweet and tangy type sauce and, although that's sure not my favorite type of BBQ sauce, I do like it okay. 
 
But, try as I might, I gleaned no "meat" texture whatsoever.  It was just this odd, rather glutinous, flavorless mass of something; exactly what, I could not discern. 
 
Luckily, there were onions and pickles, so there was some texture.  But the onions and pickles were the only real texture I encountered.
 
Chewing that thing, searching for some sort of meat texture, and finding none, was truly one of the weirdest and most surreal food experiences I think I've ever had.
 
And one I don't think I'll be repeating.
 
I'd rather put a pork butt into a crockpot and dump in a bottle of barbecue sauce and stew it until it falls apart.  At least my tongue could find, hiding under that strong sweet & tangy sauce, something that resembles actual meat.

Edited by Jaymes, 04 December 2013 - 06:57 PM.

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#130 rotuts

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

nice review.   :biggrin:

 

"""     It was just this odd, rather glutinous, flavorless mass of something  """"    :laugh:

 

exactly.  ( my emphasis )


Edited by rotuts, 02 December 2013 - 10:53 AM.

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#131 jmolinari

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:24 PM

that's an accurate description of my first and only experience. It was horrible.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 02:01 PM

Honestly, it might not have gone so off for me had I not been anticipating meat.

 

That was where I went so horribly wrong.

 

And there was no recovering after that.


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#133 rotuts

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

if this ' thing ' were crispy, and the sauce not so sweet, perhaps a bit more complex .....

 

Crispy McRib w Hot Hoisin sauce ?


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#134 DiggingDogFarm

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 06:58 PM

I ate a McRib in 1984 and I still haven't fully recovered from the dreadful experience!!!!  :blink:


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#135 OliverB

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 07:37 PM

every year this thread pops up again and I'm tempted to finally set foot into a McD again, after years and years (probably 8 by now). Then I realize it's not gonna be anything as advertised and save my $.

Or should I....

Thankfully it's usually long gone before I consider doing so. If our McD had a drive through that might be different, but sitting in their sticky plastic hell to eat this thing is not appetizing in any which way, LOL.

I also don't like In'nOut by the way, blandest burger I've ever had and their 'secret' menu is an irritating marketing gimmick to me, so there :-)

I'll stick to my occasional very late night bbq bacon cheeseburger at Jack in the Box. they have a drive through ;-)


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#136 Toliver

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:58 AM

I spoke with a friend I hadn't seen in a while and she, out of the blue, mentioned how the McRib didn't taste like it did before. She said the BBQ sauce is different.

The last time I bought one I brought it home and tried putting some Penzey Forward spice on it (the spice mix is basically seasoned salt without the salt). It helped a little but not enough to bring it back to its glory days flavor.


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#137 Rico

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:25 PM

Here's the problem.

Even though I expect it to be a dreadful experience, enough of the folks on here have pulled the trigger to make me want to be part of the order. By not having been hazed by this sandwich, I feel I am unable to relate wholly to those who have undergone the experience. I apparently lack the self confidence to stand alone in my McRib ignorance. 

 

The valleys make the peaks more gratifying anyway, right? I'm on my way.


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#138 Rico

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 12:55 PM

Flatten a tasteless hot dog into the shape of ... well, whatever the shape of that thing is, and that seems like a good textural reference - emulsified meat. Thank you Jaymes for sparing me the surprise of the texture. 

 

Overall, though, I can see why it's popular. Those are bold flavors for a place like McDonalds, and for someone who's maybe just accustomed to big macs and quarter pounders, it may very well be a daring culinary adventure.

 

Actually, it was a daring culinary adventure for me, too. Just not one I'll be repeating.


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#139 judiu

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:17 PM

Toliver, try the Pensey's Mural of Flavor blend, too. It's excellent!
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