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Chef John's Copycat McRib® Sandwich

Rated as 3.95 out of 5 Stars
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"I tip my cap to a certain fast food franchise for coming up with the idea for a boneless baby back rib sandwich, the only downside being that they use about 60 mystery ingredients-- ribs not necessarily being one of them. That's why you should try this easy homemade version with real ribs; simply bake, chill, cut, sauce, finish on the grill, and voila! One of the best sandwiches I've ever had."
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Ingredients

11 h servings 963
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 large sandwiches)

Directions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Mix salt, brown sugar, chili powder, pepper, cumin, and cayenne together for the rub.
  3. Place ribs on a foil-lined baking sheet. Season both sides generously with some of the rub. Reserve remaining rub for another use. Cover top with parchment paper and wrap foil over the edges. Cover the whole baking sheet with another large sheet of foil, sealing in the sides.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  5. Unwrap ribs and let cool briefly until safe to handle. Pull out the bones, stuffing any loose pieces of meat back into the holes and checking carefully for bone fragments. Wrap ribs back up and refrigerate until cold, 8 hours to overnight.
  6. Cut each rack in half. Brush both sides generously with barbecue sauce.
  7. Preheat a charcoal grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  8. Grill ribs until heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and brush with more barbecue sauce.
  9. Drizzle more barbecue sauce onto each roll. Sandwich each rib section between a roll and top with coleslaw.

Footnotes

  • Chef's Notes:
  • Make sure you don't get the larger St. Louis-style ribs. Feel free to season them with any dry rub of your choice.
  • For the slaw, I used my sweet-hot mustard coleslaw.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of dry rub. The actual amount consumed will vary.
  • For the rolls, I used my sesame seed hamburger bun recipe, making 6 rectangles instead of 8 round buns.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 963 calories; 51.7 80.5 44.9 180 1229 Full nutrition

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This dish was so amazing! After my family tried it, they started beging me to keep making more. This dish is truly a delight to make.

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If this was named "Chef John's Rib Sandwich" I'd rate it 5 stars. But since it's called a Mcrib copycat I must rate it the lowest rating allowed. McRib has pickles and onions, not coleslaw, so t...

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This dish was so amazing! After my family tried it, they started beging me to keep making more. This dish is truly a delight to make.

If this was named "Chef John's Rib Sandwich" I'd rate it 5 stars. But since it's called a Mcrib copycat I must rate it the lowest rating allowed. McRib has pickles and onions, not coleslaw, so t...

Sorry....misleading title. Copycat? Not even close to a McRib! No pickles? No onions? May be delicious as is but it’s like comparing apples to oranges...with all due respect Chef John.

For those complaining about the slaw, um, leave it off. I topped ours with the traditional pickles and onions and they were FABULOUS!! Chef John does it again. I'm actually not a huge fan of ...

Using a bottle Bar B. Q. sauce of any kind is not going to make this sandwich TASTE like McRib. Until you can come up with the McRib sauce this is a no winner. Nice rub but no McRIB .

awesome !!!!!! i loved it the only thing i didnt put it on an outdoor grill i just put it under my broiler really delicious and tender i ate it with a knife and fork not on a sandwich ...

great ! real food ! If you knew what went into the ones at Mickey D"s you would never buy another

Interesting technique on rib construction, but the problem is, which sauce to use? The McRib taste for me IS the sauce. In making this recipe, if you happen to stumble onto a commercial sauce th...

No pickles? Must have pickles to be a copycat. Also, the original doesn’t have slaw; just onions, pickles, and sauce. I used this recipe as a base, omitted slaw, and added caramelized onions and...