Sad news for all fans of McDonalds fabled “McRib” sandwich: while it usually hits store shelves around October, the date has been pushed back to December this year! You’ll have to wait two months longer to have a real, authentic McRib in your hands. However, if you just can’t wait that long, why not try to make your own?! Here’s a fantastic recipe for a copycat McRib – the “mock-rib,” so to speak.
- 16 ozs ground pork
- 3 tbsps water
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 deli rolls
- 1 cup barbecue sauce (or to taste)
- 8 slices of dill pickle (optional)
- 1/2 cup chopped onions (optional)
- DO AHEAD: Season ground pork with salt and sugar, and mix in water. Form meat into four patties just a little larger than the buns on a lined baking sheet. Cover it with a sheet of non-stick foil or parchment and press it gently down on the patties. Pop the whole tray into the freezer until the pork is frozen.
- When you’re ready to make your sandwiches, warm up a skillet over medium heat. Slice your sandwich rolls in half and brown each center side on the pan. Set your rolls aside.
- Pop your frozen patties on the heated pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side (or until it’s properly browned). Let them cool for a few minutes after cooking.
- While your pork is cooling, pour 1 cup of barbecue sauce into a shallow bowl. Dip each patty into the sauce so that it’s completely covered (tongs can help). Place the patty on the bottom half of the sandwich roll.Top each patty with 2 slices of pickle and as much chopped onion as you’d like. Put the second half of bread on top, and marvel at your delicious, homemade sandwich!
Tips and Tricks
- For a more “authentic” experience, if you microwave the sandwich for 15 more seconds on the highest settings, it’ll warm up the bread just as if it had been wrapped in paper!
- To best approximate the McDonald’s taste, you may want to use Hunt’s Original BBQ Sauce and Sara Lee deli rolls, as these are very close to the original.