Subway: BBQ Rib Sandwich, the new McRib?

Diana Chan August 5, 2011 Fast Food, Food for Thought

I have no idea where M finds out about new sandwiches since he doesn’t have TV. He always seems to know when a new sandwich have launched in Canada. He told me about Subway and how there is a better “McRib” that they are offering.

We hurried down to Subway like 2 kids on a Christmas morning. We walked inside and didn’t see much advertisement about this sandwich, but good thing the workers knew what we were talking about. Their rib meat is similar to McDonalds with the artificial look of rib bones embedded to the meat mixture. Honestly, it looked a bit disgusting especially when there is no BBQ sauce to cover it up.

Like any Subway sandwich, you have to choose the size and type of bread that you want. Then you can have the option of adding additional cheese or bacon for an extra charge. Since M is a bit of a pig, he had the addition of bacon. Then once the protein portion is complete, you can have it toasted in the oven to heat up the meat and cheese.

When choosing the toppings, this is actually the most crucial step since this can make or break your BBQ Rib Sandwich! I actually ruined mine by adding all the vegetables and putting in honey mustard sauce on top. I KNOW! I forgot the BBQ sauce. I go on auto pilot when I put on toppings and sauces!

The best combination – Lettuce + BBQ sauce. Thats it! No need to go fancy and put on all the vegetables.  You can’t give me choices or else I will ruin something good.

I tried it with my weird combination and it really did not taste as good. It tasted like any ordinary Subway sandwich, but just with different meat. With the customizable toppings, theres a lot that can go wrong when constructing the sandwich. With the amount of vegetables, it made the “ribs” go cold fast and the meat didn’t have good taste either.

M on the other hand had a decent sandwich with the addition of bacon, lettuce and bbq sauce. He still didn’t think it was as good as the McRib. Since the whole “rib” isnt doused in the BBQ sauce, it does lose a bit of flavour.

Overall, not as good as we first imagined. Would you go out and try this sandwich?

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. asdas October 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Sounds to me like you’re mad the ribs didn’t taste like BBQ sauce BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T ASK FOR ANY BBQ SAUCE!

  2. Samantha Caldwell May 23, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I work at subway and i think they taste wonderful.

  3. Danny Hall June 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I tried the rib an I thought it was good. You have to let them make it. You will mess it up.

  4. Teresa Worley August 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    I work for subway and I tried the rib sub today. I out sauce in top and bottom of the bread toasted it then added just ouckles and onions like the other places rib sandwich and thought it was amazing.

  5. Joseph Rasero January 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Just had a foot long version of this today for $4.99. I will say the meat is softer than a McDonald’s rib sandwich which I find to be a tad rubbery and over sauced. I am a firm believer any of Subway’s breads besides the flatbread when toasted is terrible since it ultimately becomes a crumbly mess. I packed mine with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and Southwest mayo. My sandwich artist looked puzzled when I didn’t ask for BBQ sauce. I will say the meat while be a cheap pork* composite patty is still more substantial than the 2-3 slices of thinly sliced deli meat you get, so the sandwich for me was filling. I do agree adding these non conventional veggies like lettuce and tomato do cool off the patty, but my sandwich was warm enough throughout the meal. Was it your prototypical McRib sandwich? No but it was a only $5, filling, and a whole lot more customizable. So yeah I would eat it again

  6. Maggie March 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Accidentally found in in NYC – didn’t even know they existed!!!
    So I got it as if it was McDs – bbq sauce, pickles and onions.

    Meh. It’s ok but it’s no McRib.
    First, McDs bbq sauce is iconic.
    Secondly the patty wasn’t dipped: doused in sauce and you can taste the lacking of it in a bite
    Thirdly, although Subway’s bread is delicious, it wasn’t the same hardy chewy texture as the McD sandwich.

    Still, it’s a tasty treat. But I’m still holding my breath for the real thing to pop up again 😄

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