McRib Launch Party

Snap(shot) Judgements are posts that will appear with no real regularity. It’s primarily a way for us to get thoughts and photos up as soon as possible, especially when we have no plan to write a feature-length column on the subject. Here, Gary attends a party to celebrate the return of the McRib.

In 1982, McDonald’s introduced to America the McRib, a sandwich that, surprisingly (or not), does not feature ribs between the buns. Actually, it’s possible there’s some rib in it since the meat itself is a ground pork patty that’s shaped to look like a tiny rack of ribs. Also on the sandwich is plenty of barbecue sauce, raw onions, and pickles. It hasn’t been available on the menu on a national level since 1994 but that hasn’t stopped legions of fans from seeking them out in different parts of the country. One man, Alan Klein, has a website devoted to tracking the McRib. Of course, if you really want a McRib, you can just hop onto a flight to Germany where it’s sold year-round.

On November 2, McDonald’s re-introduced the McRib on a national scale and – I’ll assume – there was much rejoicing. To celebrate, they threw a launch party at their Times Square location where we could meet the “Legends of McRib”, one of whom was the aforementioned Klein. The McRibs were plentiful on this night and I will say this about the sandwich – its meat is easily the juiciest they offer.

McRib Launch Party
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