- a cut of meat from the rib section, especially of pork or beef, with some meat adhering to the bones.
- a dish of this meat, usually baked, roasted, or barbecued with a pungent sauce.
Origin of spareribs
1590–1600; transposed variant of earlier ribspare < Middle Low German ribbespēr rib cut; compare obsolete spare a cut, slice
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Examples from the Web for spareribs
The package of spareribs fell from under his arm, and he stooped to pick it up.The Wind Before the Dawn
Dell H. Munger
He reflected a moment, studying the spareribs, which had just arrived.
He comes back with a armful of bread and spareribs and pies.The Gentle Grafter
He ordered roast beef hash with a poached egg, spareribs with boiled cauliflower, and two charlotte russes.
The ribs inside this cut, when cut from underneath, are sold as spareribs.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences