McRib Returns for the ‘Final’ Time


The McDonald's McRib is back on menus for a limited time starting Oct. 31. | Image by McDonald's

The McDonald’s McRib Sandwich will return from October 31 to November 20. After this short period of time, foodies may have to say a final goodbye to the treasured McDonald’s menu item.

The sandwich consists of a “seasoned boneless pork dipped in tangy BBQ sauce with slivered onions and dill pickles, all served on a toasted homestyle bun.”

On their website, the fast-food giant warned customers to “get one while you can because this is the McRib Farewell Tour.”

The McRib originally graced McDonald’s menus in 1981 in Kansas City, Kansas, before its nationwide release.

Although very popular since its introduction to fast-food customers, the McRib has become an elusive menu item, often only available for short durations during special promotions.

“After three straight years headlining our nationwide menu,” said McDonald’s in a statement to The Takeout, “this fall will be the McRib’s Farewell Tour — complete with limited-edition throwback McRib merch available for purchase, so diehard fans can forever rock their favorite sandwich even after it’s gone from the menu.”

This is not the first McRib farewell tour. In 2005, the company announced that the cherished item would be removed from menus, only to return in 2006 for the “McRib Farewell Tour II.”

McDonald’s hinted in a news release that fans of the McRib may not have to part with the McRib forever.

“Like any true farewell tour, we’re hoping this isn’t a ‘goodbye’ but a ‘see you later,’ because as our McRib stans have experienced time and time again: you never know when — or if — the McRib is coming back,” wrote McDonald’s in a news release.

Critics believe that the company is bluffing in what may be another promotional ploy after the success of Boo Buckets and the Cactus Plant Flea Market Box.

“From where I sit, the McRib’s 2022 Farewell Tour is just a marketing stunt,” wrote Takeout reporter Dennis Lee.

Bill Oakley, a writer for The Simpsons, added on Twitter, “if you believe this ‘Farewell Tour’ is actually the end of McRib, I have a Mexican Pizza and a Wingstop Chicken Sandwich and Brooklyn Bridge to sell you.”

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