The History of the McDonald’s McRib [Food Bites]

McDonald’s McRib is a polarizing sandwich, but for its fans, it is a gift from… the MILITARY?! It’s fast food history time!

I know, for a lot of you, it’s not cool to like the McRib from McDonald’s, but I have to be honest; it’s one of my absolute 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 considered its history. 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 Flinstones, starring John Goodman, was the reason it was suddenly available all the time. But the most surprising fact (and yet, somehow not surprising at all) 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. (Now, if you’ll excuse me, this video has made me desperate, and I need to go figure out how to make a subpar version at home!)