When McDonald’s announced in November that they were bringing the McRib to the UK, it was a day or two after my birthday and people asked me if it was a present from the golden arches themselves. I now see that yes, it was. The over-a-month long wait until it came on sale on the 31st December was hard but, clearly, McDonald’s wanted to set us up for a very happy new year. And they did. I was, of course, there on the 31st for such a momentous occasion.

The McRib is a pork patty smothered in barbecue sauce, topped with onion and pickles and served in a long roll. That’s it; the beauty of the McRib is in its simplicity. It’s messy to eat, but the succulence of the pork makes up for the sauce on your chin. It goes down easily and tastes like nothing else McDonald’s currently sells, which is what makes it exciting. They’re currently running the Big Tasty as well, which people usually get excited about, but when you compare the two you realise that the Big Tasty is just an overly-large bog standard burger with no particular taste. The McRib might not be your thing, but at least it’s different. Variety is the spice of life, and all that.

As is their way, McDonald’s are only giving the McRib a limited run here, and it will be out of restaurants on the 3rd of February. If you haven’t given it a try and are intrigued, now is your chance. Ignore the haters, who will try and show you pictures of ‘what it looks like before it’s cooked’, or tell you ‘how it’s prepared’. They’re probably right, but life’s too short to question what’s in your fast food.


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