When is McDonald's McRib Sandwich Coming Back?

The McRib Sandwich is a classic McDonald's menu item that arrived for the first time in 1981, and has been a favorite amongst BBQ lovers ever since.

It is not a McDonald's staple all year round, but has been on regional and national menus sporadically, meaning its return always inspires excitement.

This anticipation has been brewing once again, as the sandwich is back in time to warm us up for Fall.

What is the McRib Sandwich?

The sandwich is made up of just five elements, and comes in at 520 calories.

These are the McRib pork patty, which has a boneless rib-like look, dipped in the sweet BBQ tang of the McRib sauce. It is served in a homestyle bun along with pickle slices and onions.

When is the McRib returning to McDonald's?

The McRib is back from November 1, so hardcore fans should set their calendars.

McRib season has become an annual tradition, with burger fans looking forward to the moment they can feast on the saucy delight.

This year's return of the sandwich is even more special, as it marks the 40th anniversary since its first arrival on the menu.

According to McDonald's archives, the McRib started as a regional favorite in Kansas City, Kansas but did not really make the big-time until the 1990s, when it was paired with the promotion of the live-action movie of The Flinstones.

The movie, starring John Goodman and Rick Moranis as Fred and Barney, was a big commercial success, meaning the McRib also grew in popularity.

It returned to its status as a regional special over the following decade, until 2005, when it began its famous farewell tours, meaning it only appeared annually in select areas.

Its 2020 return signaled the first time since 2012 the McRib had appeared on the national menu, and its anniversary return this year will also see it become a country-wide special.

While it has not always appeared nationally on the menu, it has certainly been an international favorite in countries like Germany and France.

Speaking in a press release, McDonald's senior archive manager Mike Bullington said: "In the 80s, the masterminds behind McDonald's food innovation had a truly unique idea: an undeniably delicious sandwich that could be enjoyed during the colder seasons.

"Whether you're a McRib loyalist or first timer, there is no denying that the McRib is one of the most iconic sandwiches of the last four decades and we have thousands of emails and tweets from fans to prove it."

Fans React to the return of McRib season

This time of year has been crowned McRib Season and fans were just as excited to see it coming back this year.

The official McDonald's Twitter account released cryptic messages suggesting fans should turn on their notifications for a big announcement.

turn on ur notifications for the most important announcement tmrw

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) September 29, 2021

Fans knew the score, and immediately took to the platform to share their joy.

Mcrib is back?!?

— Mayra 🔪 (@Mayrael) September 29, 2021

McRib is coming back 👀

— CEO Money Floyd (@CeoMoneyFloyd) September 30, 2021

McRib better be back. https://t.co/w5xpMgtEyE

— LEX. (@LEXBRIGARCIA) September 29, 2021

They were all correct, with McDonald's sharing a final tweet confirming it would be back for what they called the 11th time.


me: i think it’s time to bring the McRib back 11.1

— McDonald's (@McDonalds) September 30, 2021

The McRib Sandwich arrives back on the nationwide menu at McDonald's on November 1.

McDonald's McRib
The McRib will be available at McDonald's restaurants nationwide on November 1, after a year-long hiatus. McDonald's