The release of the McRib is a momentous occasion, or at least it seems to be in America. I'm pretty certain they even have a national holiday for it. But for the annual releases this thing gets stateside, the UK hasn't had much of a look in, until now. The McRib is back until the beginning of February, and I just had to pick one up to see what all the fuss was about.
Well, it's a burger, but instead of beef, it's pork. Check that out, how amazing is that? That's basically it, there are no frills with this thing, it's a pork patty in the shape of a rack of ribs, slathered in barbecue sauce and topped with onions and pickles, all in a nice, soft, long bun. But hey, pork is a nice change, and this patty isn't all that bad. Sure, it's not the highest quality pork you'll find, but what else would you expect from perfectly rib-shaped meat that contains no ribs? Still, it's pretty tender, has a nice bit of flavour to it, and the barbecue sauce complements it pretty well. I just wish there was more to it. It's clear the focus is on the patty, because the skimpy toppings just weren't enough to make this a stand out burger.
Is the McRib worth the hype? Well, not so much. It's a nice burger, sure, but there's not all that much to it. Perhaps with some more variety of toppings I'd be a bit more intrigued, but I certainly won't be rushing down to McDonalds to pick up another before it goes away again.
My rating: 3/5