5 ingredient McRib

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
30 mins
Cook time
10 mins


4 Sub rolls

Gherkin / pickle slices

500g Pork mince (season with salt and pepper)

Raw onion

Good quality bbq sauce

The McRib from McDonald’s was a bbq inspired pork patty and there are a whole host of facts about it on the internet…. did you know there is a website to track the location of McRibs? Did you know they came about because of a shortage of chicken meat for nuggets? Well, that (according to the internet) is true! Also, I love them…. I’ve made them before but thought heck, lets do it again but as an emergency 5 ingredient one – 7 if you include the salt and pepper. But this is stonking!

First up get your pork mince and season well with salt and pepper. Mix well until well combined and then take portions and make into long patty shapes that will fit into your sub rolls, they won’t move too much during cooking, but don’t make them too thick, we want these fully cooked ok, no medium rare pork! Place in the fridge with baking parchment on top for 30 mins or longer to firm up.

Meanwhile warm a frying pan and with no oil, toast the buns on the cut side after halving, leave to one side. Also slice your onion into strips and your gherkins / pickles if you need to.

Take the pork patties from the fridge and place in a frying pan with a little oil, cook until well browned either side resting on kitchen towel to absorb any excess fat. It’s best if they are a little cooler for the next step….

Add a bottle of barbecue sauce to a small saucepan and warm until just gently bubbling, carefully lift the pork patties into the sauce turning over to coat, this is super gorgeous and glossy! Coat really well and serve up in the bun with some onions and gherkins on top finished with the toasted bun lid – that’s it! Super good.

Freeze the patties ahead of time if you want to make them for another time and save the waiting!