McDonald's McRib Sandwich art

The History of the McDonald’s McRib Sandwich

I know it’s not cool to like the McRib from McDonald’s for many of you, but I gotta be honest: it’s one of my favorite fast food treats. Maybe it’s due to the genius “limited time” availability or because I’m constantly told I shouldn’t like it. However, when that tasty sandwich is available, I can’t stop craving it. Even now, while I write this, I yearn for that meat patty slathered in barbecue sauce, pickle slices, and slivered onions, all on that basic white roll.

Even though I’ve been a fan of the McRib since the 1990s (it’s been around since the early 1980s), I never stopped to wonder about its history. When I was introduced to the sandwich, it was a permanent fixture on the menu, and I assumed it had been that way since it first showed up at McDonald’s. I didn’t realize the sandwich had disappeared and reappeared on the menu for over a decade. I also didn’t know that the movie The Flintstones, starring John Goodman, was the reason it was suddenly available all the time. But the most surprising (and yet, somehow not surprising at all) fact I learned is that military MRE meals inspired this delightful sandwich.

Whether you’re a fan of the McRib or not, this fun look at the sandwich’s history will keep you entertained and teach you a little something at the same time. (If you’ll excuse me, this video has made me desperate, and I need to figure out how to make a subpar version at home!)

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