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McRib: The Return of a Legend

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Manny Calavera, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Senior member

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    I used to be scared of ribs as a kid, I will see my tasting of the McCrib as a McLandmark in my life.


    when you do, i recommend stick some soggy french fries (the longer, soggier/softer fries , the kinds i like actually) into the sandwich and eat it.

    it is really tasty.

    get a nice , icy cold coke to wash it down.

    not a nutritious meal, but once in a while you have to treat yourself to these wondrous things.
     
  2. lee_44106

    lee_44106 Senior member

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    when you do, i recommend stick some soggy french fries (the longer, soggier/softer fries , the kinds i like actually) into the sandwich and eat it.

    it is really tasty.

    get a nice , icy cold coke to wash it down.

    not a nutritious meal, but once in a while you have to treat yourself to these wondrous things.


    That's known as the Pittsburgh McRib-wich.
     
  3. Manny Calavera

    Manny Calavera Senior member

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    I wonder if the McRib could serve as a holistic treatment of sorts for my McFlu?
     
  4. CBDB

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    I used to be scared of ribs as a kid, I will see my tasting of the McCrib as a McLandmark in my life.

    Don't you get it? that's the magic...the ribs are mechanically deboned; the slurry is centerfuged to reduce the water; and the tastey solids are press formed into the shape of "real ribs" and then slathered in a colourful and tangy sauce. Just like mom would make (if she was Hannibal Lector). [​IMG]
     
  5. amerikajinda

    amerikajinda Senior member

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    "The McRib: Is it more myth than a sandwich?

    Sometimes, in the course of American history, something achieves cultural status simply by being mysterious or shrouded in a veil of uncertainty. Conspiracy theorists have their own spin on the Kennedy assassination, the Freemasons and, curiously, a McDonald’s sandwich.

    In 1982, the McDonald’s Corp. unveiled a new sandwich oddly titled “The McRib.”

    What’s odd is that the McRib is not made of ribs, but composed of boneless meat molded to resemble ribs.

    McDonald’s also markets the McRib sporadically. Absent since last February, the McRib has returned to local McDonald’s menus.

    “The McRib is made with a tender, boneless pork patty, covered in a hickory barbecue sauce,” says Julie Pottebaum, a McDonald’s Corp. representative.

    Pottebaum also says the sandwich has 490 calories, 25 fat grams, 44 carbohydrate grams and 24 protein grams.

    There aren’t any additives in the McRib, she said, but it has some extras, such as 10 grams of sugar from the sauce.

    There is no regular schedule for the McRib’s erratic appearances, but Pottebaum says the McDonald’s Corp. formats its menu based on customer feedback and preferences.

    Still, the McRib exists in a shroud of mystery. Even fans of the sandwich aren’t too certain what exactly they’re putting in their mouths, a rib sandwich without actual ribs.

    The McRib occupies a unique place in contemporary American culture. With each triumphant return, the restaurant informs customers “The McRib is Back!” or “By Popular Demand, The McRib!”

    The Wall Street Journal reported in 2001 that the pork industry receives a boost when the McRib returns.

    The McRib even enjoys a cult-like following. Web sites are dedicated to petitioning McDonald’s to bring back the McRib permanently. Webmasters speculate on what’s actually in the sandwich and why they find it so delicious.

    The McDonald’s Web site does not list the ingredients of the McRib along with the contents of other sandwiches. However, McDonald’s’ toll-free telephone number will provide the ingredients to those who ask.

    Theories abound as to why the McRib is always returning, never permanently taking its place alongside the pantheon of McSandwiches: Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Filet O’Fish, McChicken and the almighty Big Mac.

    “The mysterious meat in the sandwich might be seasonal. I think it has something to do with excess of meat or pork at a certain time of the year,” says Konnor Ervin.

    Ervin, the lead singer of Columbia rock band Dr. Woo, is a self-proclaimed McRib fan. Ervin, who eats a lot of McDonald’s food, says if the McRib were a permanent menu item at McDonald’s he wouldn’t eat it whenever he goes to McDonald’s. As it is now, when the McRib is around, that’s the only sandwich he’ll order.

    “Part of the allure of the McRib is the mystery and timeliness,” Ervin says. “I like it so much because it comes around at a limited time. That makes it all the more special.”

    That’s exactly the kind of marketing strategy McDonald’s is aiming for. By keeping the demand high and supply low, as well as veiling the McRib in a shroud of mystery, it’s become more myth than sandwich. An article from the satirical newspaper The Onion investigated the McRib phenomenon. A newspaper search yielded more articles referencing the sandwich from a cultural or marketing perspective than articles devoted to the sandwich itself. Even “The Simpsons” spoofed the McRib subculture in a thinly guised parody called “The Ribwich.”

    Brad Prager is an MU professor of German who has written outside his field on issues of American culture, in articles such as “Towards an Archaeology of Disneyland.” Prager says he used to eat fast food but gave it up entirely after reading Eric Schlosser’s book “Fast Food Nation.” Prager has never eaten a McRib.

    “It amazes me that people see a passion for consumption as a product of their own desires when it’s really formed and shaped by the industry itself,” Prager says, pointing to McDonald’s’ Web sites that instruct children to “get happy for a happy meal.”

    The McRib is the same dirty, tasteless meat product covered with sugar and perfume that people get excited about, Prager says.

    Based on what he’s read about the fast food meat industry, Prager says the air of mystery around the McRib and the rest of McDonald’s is repulsive at best, dangerous at worst.

    “The real conspiracy is the air of secrecy. If people knew what was in the McRib they’d stop eating them,” Prager says. To him, the whole meaning of the McRib is about consumption and how cleverly disguised McDonald’s markets its products. “Once you set desire in motion people respond — they feel like something is lacking in their lives. Obviously something is lacking, but it’s not the McRib.”

    Chris Hurt, an agricultural economist from Purdue University who specializes in the pork market, says there are three possibilities behind the McRib’s transient existence. First, that the McRib might be hard for McDonald’s employees to cook. Second, Hurt says McDonald’s brings back the McRib when pork prices are low.

    “The low costs of pork then helps compensate for the higher costs of preparation,” Hurt says.

    Finally, Hurt suggests that customers might get tired of the McRib if it were a permanent food item.

    Perhaps. But some McRib fans might never get tired of their favorite sandwich.

    To find out what is in a Mc Rib, call 800-244-6227."
     
  6. globetrotter

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    I feel really bad, i never noticed that they stopped selling them.
     
  7. Manny Calavera

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    OK, I'm getting ready to take off and get some cat food. I think I will purchase (and eat) a McRib. Hopefully I will be cured later today. I'll post an update.
     
  8. Thomas

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    My folks fell for the McRib, but I wasn't impressed. Once I got the hang of grilling, I have not looked back, particularly where ribs are concerned.

    Now that I think of it, I can't remember the last time I hit the golden arches.
     
  9. grimslade

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    Mmm. McRib...


    I think the answer to the mystery lies here. When the price differential between beef and pork gets big enough, McD's rolls out the McRib. This drives the price of pork up, and drives the McRib off the menu.
     
  10. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The McRib was awesome!!!!!! The sauce no worse than all the fugazy BBQ joints that are all over. The marketing genius who thought up the concept "boneless rib sandwich" should be given a Nobel. That's a piece of Americana right there children. Can't wait to get in line for one!
     
  11. Quirk

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    What's frightening is that I noticed the other day that you can now supersize up to "double the meat" on any of their burgers for only a buck -- including the ones that already have two patties! Bizarre.
     
  12. whodini

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    What's frightening is that I noticed the other day that you can now supersize up to "double the meat" on any of their burgers for only a buck -- including the ones that already have two patties! Bizarre.
    [​IMG] Land that I love....
     
  13. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If there is one thing Who loves when he is prancing out and about, is to double his meat intake.
     
  14. whodini

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    If there is one thing Who loves when he is prancing out and about, is to double his meat intake.
    Thanks, DulÃ[​IMG].
     
  15. JBZ

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    lawyerdad Senior member

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    mcrib per se is not a tasty treat that you will fall in love with.

    but if you had it in the 80s and grew up on it, even with its metamorphosed , more manufactured taste (it used to taste more authentic 20 years ago) , those who eat it today still appreciate it.


    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I used to love McRib, and would get very excited when this "special" item would return to the menu. It kind of gives me the creeps now, just thinking about it, although I'd probably eat one for nostalgia's sake. Once upon a time, a McRib, some fries, and an orange shake was about as good as living could get.
     
  17. whodini

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    After reading those blurbs about the McRib coming back when pork prices are low it's funny that there was no mention of the promotional tie-in's. Am I the only one that remembers McDonalds bringing back the McRib in time for "The Flintstones" film release? [​IMG]
     
  18. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I'm sorry, but looking at the McRib makes me phyiscally ill.
     
  19. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm sorry, but looking at the McRib makes me phyiscally ill.

    would you like it more if it was a cylindrical piece of meat?
     
  20. whodini

    whodini Senior member

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    would you like it more if it was a cylindrical piece of meat?
    [​IMG] Man, you're just loaded with dick jokes today, which is not to be confused with most other days when you're just loaded with dick.
     

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