The McDonald’s McRib is Back!

October 10, 2019

Fast-food chains have a well-known tactic to keep things interesting. Some of their most popular items suddenly disappear off their menus, then reappear when you least expect it. It creates a manic panic, with people scrambling to order the stuff, take a selfie with it, then down it before it goes away in a flash. Twister fries, Aloha burgers, Double-downs—these all have a cult following that make people rabid with glee once they’re available again after seemingly fading into obscurity. When we were tipped off that McRibs were starting to pop up in certain McDonald’s branches across the city, we decided to check if the rumors were true, and finally found the elusive sandwiches in the Greenbelt 1 branch—they were serving the pork ribs in rice meals, too.


Barbeque sauce is probably one of my favorite condiments, preferring to dip fries, nuggets, and anything in the brown, murky slop over ketchup. Even cheap variants can be complex, either sweet or smoky, sticky, and intense. This is why the McRib is one of my favorite, guilty pleasure snacks—its signature barbeque sauce is more on the piquant side, with a little bit of heat. Add the sharp onions and a pickle or two, and this unassuming sandwich is seriously good. The oblong patty itself is one of those scary fast food creations, never really tasting like real pork, and formed into a shape that mocks, rather than mimics, the shape of the meat it is meant to come from. But who cares? That’s the fun of it all, and the reason why we’re excited to see this back on the McDonald’s menu again.


Have you tried the McRib? Are you happy to see it back on McDonald’s menus? Which limited fast food item are you waiting to return? Tell us in the comments below!

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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19 responses to “The McDonald’s McRib is Back!”

  1. MontyWest says:

    Had it yesterday and it tasted like they used cardboard as a filler. Vegemeat tastes a thousand times better. I want them to bring back their spicy chicken wings. Yeah it was too spicy for most Pinoys but it was great.

  2. Eddielli Bungay says:

    Is this available on all branches?

    • Benjamin Canapi says:

      It’s not.

      • Eddielli Bungay says:

        What are the branches na merong mcribs?

        • Snickerdoodle says:

          So far what I’ve heard of is Greenbelt 1, Gateway (the one under the Aranete Center station of LRT 2), and Megamall (bldg A). Oh and Tycoon Center according to Benjamin

        • Anne says:

          Here are the McDo Branches In The Philippines that have The McRib:

          1. SM North EDSA
          2. SM Southmall
          3. Quad 3
          4. Gateway Mall
          5. Trinoma M1
          6. T.M. Kalaw
          7. J.P Rizal
          8. Tycoon Centre
          9. Baclaran Redemptorist
          10. People Support
          11. SM Fairview
          12. SM Megamall
          13. Greenbelt
          14. Guadalupe
          15. Eton Centris
          16. New Glorietta
          17. Shangri-La
          18. MDC 100
          19. Tutuban Prime Block
          20. MCU

  3. Benjamin Canapi says:

    I got it at McDo Tycoon Center yesterday. It wasn’t bad at all, for a McDo menu item. I was just really surprised there was a McRib on the menu in the first place, and I didn’t regret trying it.

  4. Monci says:

    Has the McRib ever been in the Philippines in the past? I don’t recall ever encountering it or hearing about it.

  5. I honestly don’t recall when McRib was here in the PH… Or maybe it was really, really exclusive that only select branches had it.

    I’ve been hearing and reading about this in articles circulating the internet, that this is something you only see in US McD’s. Really interested! I’m going to hunt for this and try it myself.

  6. Dylan Dylanco says:

    THE LONGGANISA BURGER THO?!?!??! /still grieving

  7. McRib is OK, but I really miss the McRice Burger. I hope they bring that back next.

  8. secretwalangclue says:

    i wanna taste and hopefully be like this =P

  9. Niño. says:

    Done in three bites.

  10. Shayne says:

    Oh man! The McRib! This comes back on the menu every now and then here in the US along with McDonald’s chicken wings. It’s a total diet killer!

  11. Sad Chick says:

    It’s back! I found it on the menu of McDo Robinsons Ermita. Honestly, I was disappointed after all the expectations I had of this sandwich. It just felt like a regular burger slathered with barbeque sauce. 🙁

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