I used to enjoy a good plate of ribs. Not every week or anything, but for a treat? A special night out? I was a big fan of tender, juicy, saucy ribs. There’s a local place in Virginia that pretty much brought all of us to our knees – those ribs were worthy of their own theme song, they were THAT good.

As chains go we’ve enjoyed the ribs at Texas Roadhouse. Can I call them finger licking good without the copyright police crashing through the front door? Let’s hope so. At any rate those days are long gone now. I mean, technically I can eat the ribs, I’ll just feel hideous afterward. It’s not worth the pain.

It’s funny, though, I don’t remember ribs being a lifelong obsession. My dad would BBQ them sometimes for a special occasion, but I don’t think I ever ordered them in a restaurant until I was older. Probably a good thing. But of them all the restaurant item that truly perplexed me was the McRib sandwich at McDonald’s.

caveat: The following observations are based solely on a rather sketchy idea of what this sandwich is seeing as I haven’t bought one, tasted one, or sat with somebody as they did either of those things. So I guess you should take this with a grain of salt. Or the 890 milligrams you’d find in the McRib.

How could anything with “Mc” in front of it be considered a serious food? Or one worth lobbying your city council for. Or taking a twelve hour road trip to find a McDonald’s serving them during their limited release period. It’s a mystery. Kind of like how they’d take a pork “patty” and smush it in some sort of press to create the illusion of ribs. I mean, GROSS – I can almost feel the sproingy squishiness of that (and I use this word loosely) “meat” as I sit here writing this.

Yeah. Think I just threw up in my mouth a little. And this post has gone oddly off track into nausea inducing territory.

Maybe I should have stuck with “ribbed for her pleasure” this week, huh?


Linda hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday. This week’s prompt is “rib.” Use it as a word, or find a word with “rib” in it. As always, use any way you’d like. Enjoy!