Mark your calendars for December 2!

The McRib: There's a good chance you either think it's the best fast food menu item in the universe, or you regard it as little more than a glorified school lunch. Maybe those in the former camp regard this pork and pickle sandwich as so good because it rarely comes around. In fact, the last time the McRib was available nationwide here in the states, Barack Obama had just won his second term. 

Well, I guess eight years was long enough to wait, because McDonald's just announced that it's bringing back the McRib in what I can only imagine is a last-ditch attempt to salvage 2020. Starting December 2, what a McDonald's press release describes as the "seasoned boneless pork shoulder in smoky, tangy barbecue sauce, topped with slivered onions and tart pickles" will go on sale all across America for a limited time. 

The McRib will be available nationwide starting December 2, 2020.
The McRib will be available nationwide starting December 2, 2020.
| Credit: McDonald's

Though one of the more unique menu items in all of fast food has popped up in various cities since 2012, this year will give folks the chance to try this bit of pork-flavored perfection without firing up the McRib locator site. Things seemed to have been trending in the direction of a true nationwide release over the past two years, however, given that the McRib was spotted at more than 9,000 McDonald's locations in both 2018 and 2019. 

To McDonald's, making the McRib so accessible is a way to give the people what they've been asking for. "There's nothing quite like the taste of the McRib. To our customers, it's become more than a delicious, saucy moment … it's a season, and it's taking the internet by storm," said Linda VanGosen, the McDonald's VP of Menu Innovation, said in a press release. "That's why this year, we're proud to serve the McRib nationwide for everyone to enjoy."

While the McRib's return begins on December 2, the announcement doesn't say when this magical period will end, so the only responsible thing to do is to eat as many McRibs as humanly possible while you can. Right now, it's at least a whole lot easier than moving to Germany or Luxembourg, where the McRib is somehow a permanent menu item.