Is the McRib finally coming to Australia?

Perhaps the most famous of all “limited edition” McDonald’s items is the McRib, a pork “sandwich” first introduced in 1981. It has come and gone from American McDonald’s menus ever since, and has also appeared in other places around the globe. Its notoriety is such that its fanbase is referred to as “the cult of McRib” – it’s even featured in two “farewell” tours, and was beautifully parodied by The Simpsons’ Ribwich.

So what is the McRib? It’s quite simply a pork patty with barbecue sauce, onions and pickles on a 14cm (5 1/2 inch) roll. The boneless pork patty is moulded to look like a rack of ribs, although it mainly consists of pork shoulder meat, according to McDonald’s. According to others it’s a product of “restructured meat technology” and includes a flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats, but if we really cared about such things we wouldn’t be eating at McDonald’s at all, would we?

Burger BusinessΒ reports that McDonald’s Austria has this week launched the McRibster, with “juicy pork, bacon, pepper-Jack cheese, and crunchy iceberg lettuce, red onion, delicious honey-mustard sauce and spicy sweet chili sauce”. This looks rather good, and Austria is definitely the place to be for your Macca’s fix right now, with the awesome-looking and supposedly very popularΒ 1955 burger also currently available.

Burger Business also suggests that the classic McRib may finally be available in Australia during the forthcoming Olympics, which sounds great to me although surely any link between the two will be very tenuous. Not that I’ll be complaining.

Bring it on.

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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