Homemade McRib on the grill

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    Serves 4

Hello, and welcome back to another edition of The FOGO Life!  Well, we just couldn’t resist, we did it, we went there, we got sucked into the McDonald’s super popular, limited time sandwich, The McRib.  Their sandwich has turned into a cult classic with people lining up to get their own tasty sampling of BBQ pork, sauce, white onion and pickles on a soft seedless bun.  Well, we figured that if that sandwich is so popular, we need to try and make our own and make it better.

Ron went ahead and started researching how they go about making theirs and believe it or not, there is actually a lot of info available.  Despite what the rumor mill has to say, they do seem to use pork shoulder that gets run through a food processor when making theirs.  We decided to keep it a bit more simple and start with grocery store ground pork.  It worked out very well and provided for plenty of flavor.  

We definitely feel that our “McRon” tasted much much better than their McRib and definitely had very fresh ingredients to help out.  I understand that many BBQ purists do not care for the McRib but there are definitely many who do.  Maybe it’s the tasty sauce they use, maybe the sliced white onions or maybe it is just a piece of nostalgia from their youth that makes this sandwich such a success. Either way, we had a fun time making this and hope that you’ll give it a shot as well!  If you’d like to try it out, here is what we did:

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  1. Combine pork, water, sugar and salt in a bowl and mash to combine.
  2. Divide it into 4 equal size potions and, using wet hands, form the pork into 4 equal sized rectangles.  Line a small baking sheet with wax paper, parchment paper or nonstick foil and place each patty on it.  Place another sheet over the top and gently press it onto your pork.  Place the whole pan in the freezer until it is frozen solid.
  3. Place a cast iron pan onto your grill over medium heat.  Make sure to heat the pan up well before you begin cooking.  Slice the rolls and place them face down in the pan until they are slightly toasted. 
  4. Remove the bread and place the frozen pork patties in the hot pan.  Cook on one side for 3-4 minutes or until they begin to brown.  Flip each patty over and cook the other side.  Once they are done, remove them to a plate and allow them to cool slightly.  Once they have cooled a bit, dip them into the BBQ sauce to completely coat.  If you skip the cooling step, the sauce will not adhere well.  Place the sauced patties on the bottom half of the roll, top with sliced onion and pickle slices.  Top each sandwich with the top of the roll and sit back and admire the beautiful creation you have just constructed!

We were very pleasantly surprised at how simple this was to do and what a tasty treat it turned out to be.  Even if you do not like “their” version, make these for yourself and see just how good YOUR version can be.  Remember to tag us in your social media posts so we don’t miss a thing that you are doing.  Tune back in next week when we revisit the McRib again, FOGO style!  We are using a full rack of baby back ribs on an entire loaf of bread!  Now that is what I’d call SUPER SIZED!  Thanks for joining us and hope you have enjoyed this week's episode of, The FOGO Life!!!


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