Chasing McRib

Bona Fide Fans Chase Rib-Free Rib Sandwich


Before traveling to visit his parents in Nebraska last winter, Jeremy Duensing consulted what he always checks before a trip: the "McRib Locator" website.

To his delight, he found a McDonald's restaurant near Omaha that, unlike most of the burger chain's 14,000 U.S. restaurants, had the McRib on its menu. He bought six of the pork sandwiches, ate one right away at the restaurant, and carried the rest home to Burnsville, Minn., in an ice-packed cooler.

"Either you find places that have them or you're out of luck for the rest of the year," says Mr. Duensing, 34 years old.
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The McRib actually has nothing to do with ribs. It's a boneless pork patty molded into the shape of a rib slab and adorned with pickles, onions and barbecue sauce on a bun. The sandwich made its debut in 1981.

But McRibs are almost never available at all McDonald's restaurants at the same time. Instead, the Oak Brook, Ill., company offers them in different cities at different times, rarely for longer than a few weeks.

The sandwich's elusiveness has created a fan base of people who go to considerable lengths to munch on a McRib. Ryan Dixon of Burbank, Calif., once drove 10 hours to Medford, Ore., after hearing a McDonald's there was selling the sandwich.

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  1. Yes, I have had one. Bottom line, you're still at McDonald's. 10 hours? I don't think I would drive 10 minutes for one, but to each his own.

  2. They're actually not too bad. Definitely not Famous Dave's, but actually generally a step better than what "Chez Mac" usually serves.

    And the old 1980s ads for them....boy, people would be calling out racism on those....it more or less shouted "this is a black man's soul food sandwich."

    Which, nope, it's not, but that was what Madison Avenue presented.

  3. I'll buy one whenever I see them, but don't go looking for them. The attraction for me is mostly because it's something different. And good, too.


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