McDonald’s has big news for some of its longtime fans: the McRib is coming back to its menu very soon!

First introduced in the 1980s, this menu item is essentially a barbeque sandwich — with a noteworthy following.  Made of boneless pork, McDonald’s BBQ sauce, pickles, onions, and a hoagie bun, this simple yet satiating snack is somewhat of an icon. It’s one of the fast-food chain’s most popular items; however, it hasn’t been available to customers nationwide since 2012. 

Starting on December 2nd, the chain will reintroduce this item for a limited time only. This is the first time the McRib will be rolled out nationally since 2012. In recent years, the McRib has only been available seasonally at select locations, and not nationwide. The plan is to make this a purely seasonal offering, but there’s no saying how long it will stay on! 

“The McRib has been a beloved menu item at McDonald’s since its inception nearly 40 years ago,” said Vice President of Menu Innovation, Linda VanGosen. “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. That’s why this year, we’re proud to serve the McRib nationwide for everyone to enjoy.”

McDonald’s is experiencing a unique season within its own history. COVID-19 caused the restaurant to make several cuts to its menu; however, it’s now starting to bring new items to the table. 

For example, McDonald’s has new sweet pastry snacks in store, including apple fritters, blueberry muffins, and cinnamon rolls. They are also launching a celebrity menu, with meals that pay tribute to a variety of stars. November 1st brings about the J. Balvin meal, named after the award-winning Reggaeton artist. 

Donut sticks and a cinnamon cookie latte are also possible additions within the near future. McDonald’s is clearly going through a bit of a transformation, so there’s no telling which items will stay or go. If you’re one of the many McRib fans out there, we suggest heading to a McDonald’s near you while this limited offer lasts!