Late October and the beginning of November the elusive McRib starts to show up at McDonald’s Restaurant locations throughout the U.S. This is done with little fanfare and hardly any announcement. One day you go to your favorite McDonald's and it is not there, the next day, voila: it's on the menu, staring you in the face, begging you to resist its BBQ goodness.

The McRib is here on this Earth courtesy of a University of Nebraska Lincoln professor, by the name of Roger Mandigo. He is the person that invented the process that binds meat together into different shapes. Does he take credit for the invention of the McRib? He says, he just invented the process and that McDonald's invented the McRib. Mandigo was inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in 2010, because of this technique.

The McRib was originally available, according to various sources, from 1981 to 1985 and then discontinued because of poor sales. It then began its cult like annual resurrection in 1994, with limited availability based on individual store participation.

Can you find the McRib at a Hudson Valley McDonald's near you? I checked my McDonald's app and it has it listed as a current menu item. Check your app for the location nearest you or use the McRib Locator below.