There are few fast-food items that have reached the iconic status of the McRib Sandwich from McDonald’s. This saucy, sparerib sensation, served on a soft roll with pickles and onions, has achieved a cult-like following. However, its “limited-time” availability has left many of us craving more. Fear not, fellow food lovers! With a trusty food processor at your side, you can recreate the magic of the McRib in your very own kitchen.
How to Make a Copycat McRib Sandwich
The food processor is our key tool in replicating the unique texture of the McRib patty. It gives us the ability to grind our pork into the perfect consistency, similar to what you find in McDonald’s kitchens. We’ll be using it to puree the meat that’s been cut from a large rack of uncooked pork spareribs. This is an essential step in our quest for homemade McRib perfection.
To make our homemade McRib, we’ll need:
- 16 ounces of uncooked pork spare ribs meat (cut off the bones from 1 rack)
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 4 6-inch center split white sandwich rolls (Sara Lee makes the perfect size)
- 1 cup of Hunt’s Original Barbecue Sauce
- 8 dill pickle slices
- 1/2 cup of sliced white onion
As you can see, the ingredients required are fairly simple and straightforward. Now let’s get down to business!
Step by Step Guide to Making your own McRib
Let’s dive into how we can make our own delicious version of this fast-food classic.
Step 1: Combine the pork, water, sugar, and salt in your food processor and puree until completely smooth. This should take between 30 to 60 seconds.
Step 2: Divide the pureed pork into equal portions on a lined baking sheet, shaping them into rectangles. They should be about 6 1/2 inches by 3 inches in size. Freeze these patties until solid.
Step 3: Preheat a skillet or griddle and brown your sandwich rolls. You want to give them a nice toasty crunch!
Step 4: Using the same pan, cook your pork patties until they’re browned, then let them cool slightly. This helps the barbecue sauce stick better.
Step 5: Dip each cooled pork patty into a bowl of barbecue sauce, ensuring it’s completely covered. Place the pork onto the bottom half of a sandwich roll, add two pickle slices and a generous amount of chopped onion, then top it off with the other half of the roll.
Step 6: Just before serving, heat each sandwich in the microwave for about 15 seconds. This gives it that ‘fresh from the packaging’ warmth we associate with the original McRib.
And voila! You’ve got yourself a homemade McRib Sandwich!
Additional Tips and Tricks
For those who want to take their homemade McRib to another level, consider adding a smoky flavor by adding 1/4 teaspoon of hickory liquid smoke to the food processor when pureeing the meat.
Also, remember that presentation matters! Serve your homemade McRib in a fast-food style box or wrapping for that extra touch of authenticity.
Why is McDonald’s McRib discontinued?
The McDonald’s McRib is a fan-favorite item that is not regularly available on the menu. Its discontinuation is not permanent, but rather, it’s a marketing strategy that McDonald’s uses to create scarcity and excitement among its customers.
The McRib’s irregular availability helps to maintain high demand. By creating scarcity, McDonald’s ensures that the McRib remains a special event that customers look forward to. The McRib typically returns for a few weeks each year, often during the fall and winter. This seasonal marketing strategy helps to drive sales.
Is the McRib back 2023?
The McRib, a popular limited-time offering from McDonald’s, is slated to return in 2023. Please note that official announcements and updates are best sourced from McDonald’s official website or their social media channels. Availability can vary by location and country, so please check with your local McDonald’s.
There you have it, fellow food lovers! With this guide, you can satisfy your McRib cravings anytime, right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Not only does it offer a fun culinary adventure, but it also adds an element of nostalgia for those who grew up loving this iconic sandwich.
So why wait for the next limited-time release? With this recipe, every day can be a McRib day! So grab your food processor and let’s get cooking! After all, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of creating your favorite fast-food treat right at home.