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The McRib is returning to McDonald’s restaurants across the country for the first time in nearly a decade, the restaurant confirmed on Friday. The fan-favorite barbecue pork sandwich will be available for a limited time starting Dec. 2.
McDonald’s has brought the sandwich back to select locations before – and even launched a McRib Locator website to help gourmands track them down – but this is the first nationwide release at the company's 14,000 U.S. locations since 2012.
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Linda VanGosen, McDonald’s vice president of menu innovation, said in a press release that the McRib “has been a beloved menu item at McDonald’s since its inception nearly 40 years ago.”
“To our customers, it’s become more than a delicious, saucy moment,” VanGosen said. “It’s a season, and it’s taking the Internet by storm.”
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The sandwich features seasoned boneless pork with a “smoky, tangy” barbecue sauce, plus sliced pickles and slivered onions on a seeded bun.
McDonald’s originally debuted the sandwich in 1981, and its periodic re-releases have regularly generated buzz from fans.
“There’s nothing quite like the taste of the McRib,” VanGosen said.