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Let's review what we know.
The McRib has no ribs. It's barbecue sauced pork that's formed to look like bones, but is essentially a sandwich patty. That is part of its globular mythos.
It has a cult following. It has a cult anti-following. It's been called a ninja sandwich. It's been called a sad pig/gym mat sandwich. We can also deduce that it's not a polar bear, since that's not something the marketing team is really into.
Now, because it's a makebelive nightmare fantasy food, real-world alternatives are a bit more challenging. For the most part barbecue seekers are forced to face the tangy facts: There is no such thing as a bone sandwich.
To ingest the real-deal in a reality-based shape means sometimes making the tough choice between BBQ pork ribs and pulled pork. You simply can't have your bones and eat them too.