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The Mighty McRib

Posted on | November 6, 2011 | 2 Comments

McRibPersonally, I hate McDonald’s.  I do, however, appreciate Ray Kroc’s vision in taking a page out of Henry Ford’s playbook & turning restaurants basically into Model T assembly lines.  Open Kitchens (Degustation, Cafe Gray, Peasant, etc.)? Ray Kroc invented that.  My main gripe with McDonald’s is that I’m fundamentally opposed to fast-food & my local McDonald’s (102 1st Avenue) is possibly the worst branch ever.  Staffed by dimwits (not all of them) & besieged by OAPs & beggars, it’s just a really horrible experience. And I haven’t even mentioned the McGriddle yet.  So when I see commercials pimping out the McRib I tend to cringe, but oddly I’m fascinated.

McRibSo with a heavy heart & much trepidation, I decided to try it for the first time in many years.  It took me a while to build up the moxy to tuck into the damn thing.  Luckily I was a few beers in & I had Dutch Courage.  Initially I was impressed.  The bun tasted great, the BBQ sauce was smoky & tangy (as advertised in the packaging), it seemed like a win-win situation.  pretty quickly though, I realized something was off. I couldn’t taste the meat.  The liquid smoke they put into the sauce totally kills your taste buds, so no other flavors ring through.  Only when you get a bit of the onion & pickle does that change.

McAwesomeSo, I’m not a fan of the McRib, I love the concept, but my aversion to fast food might skew my judgement.  However, there is a silver lining to this story.  Steven Reese, the brilliant mad scientist that helms Korzo Haus deconstructed (& then deep fried) McRibs for the bartenders at 7B.

Seen above is 2 McRib patties, lined with cheese, bacon, pickles & onions then deep fried in Korzo’s amazing Langos dough.  If there was ever a reason to get a McRib or two, this must be it.  I haven’t tried Steven’s insane concoction, but from what I’ve heard it’s pretty amazing/disturbing!  So in the end, the McRib wins & I’m lovin’ it.  I was trying to figure out a name: McKorzo or McAwesome? Let me know your thoughts.


2 Responses to “The Mighty McRib”

  1. Angela
    November 14th, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    This is hilarious– I love it! And thank you for not being a snooty blogger and keepin it real with the McDonalds and IHOP posts!

  2. Jason Casséus
    December 9th, 2011 @ 11:28 am


    Despite how lowbrow/despicable fast food may be, it still plays a part in the food landscape, so I’m just keepin’ it real!!!! 🙂

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