CHICAGO (CBS) — The McRib is back, which means our lives are once more complete.


Sure, some of us had no idea the McRib was ever gone, but many others have been eagerly awaiting the moment that the McRib would be back at every McDonald’s franchise in the country. Usually, it’s up to the discretion of individual McDonald’s restaurants whether to serve the McRib or not, but things have changed. You can now get the McRib at any McDonald’s until November 14th. So, you know, eat up.

How fanatical are McRib fans? Just take a look at all the Facebook groups dedicated to the McRib to find out. Some of the more popular pages are “Bring Back the McRib!!!” (yes, that’s three exclamation points), “McRib Locator,” which is a page dedicated to a website that, well, locates McRibs, and “Queremos que vuelva el MCRIB a España!”

For those of you not in the know (suckers), a McRib is boneless pork soaked in barbecue sauce with onions and pickles between two piece of bread. The sandwich, which looks like a sloppy mess (but what great sandwiches aren’t?), may not be as bad for you as you think. At 500 calories and 26 grams of fat, it’s actually slightly more healthy than a Big Mac.

Which, granted, isn’t saying a lot.

Excited yet? The McRib fun doesn’t stop quite yet. McDonald’s has launched a digital initiative to celebrate the return of the McRib through their “Golden McRib” game. The Golden McRib is a scavenger hunt, a game where “questers” can interact with other McRib lovers through Facebook, Twitter, and a real live scavenger hunt at McDonald’s restaurants across the country. You too can earn McRib badges, something that you’ll probably want to show off to family and friends… maybe.

So there you have it! You have until November 14th to eat all the McRib that is humanly possible. Though, if you were a real fan of the McRib, you’d move to Germany – they have it year round.

Man, Germany, that’s so you.

Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago

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