Year after year since 1982, McDonald’s has been releasing their McRib boneless barbecue pork sandwich. It is so popular that it has developed somewhat of a cult-like following.
Unfortunately, this year, we won’t be seeing a nationwide release of this meat product that isn’t actually ribs (just shaped into ribs from a mold). This year, it is all up to the franchise owners if they want to carry the sandwich.
Some feel it is an effort to create scarcity, and build excitement and actually get people to take cross country road trips. This is evidenced in a recent tweet from McDonald’s:
Breaking: We confirm McRib will only be available at select McD’s nationwide. Plus side = ROAD TRIP! pic.twitter.com/ZIv9viwfZD
— McDonald’s (@McDonalds) October 17, 2014
McDonalds never said when or where the McRib will be available, but fortunately there is a crowd-sourced McRib website called McRibLocator.com. Once a McRib is found at a McDonald’s location, it can be entered on this website so the rest of us can get our fill of the barbecue ribby goodness.
Right now as of this posting, it looks like most of of the McRib sightings are in Southern California, some of the Southwestern states, the Midwestern states, and some locations in Virginia. Here is a current screenshot of the Map on McRibLocator.com:
McRib lovers are many in number (The McRib Locator Facebook page has almost 7000 likes. Hopefully you don’t have to go too far to get your hands on one.