plural noun
spare·​ribs | \ ˈsper-ˌ(r)ibz How to pronounce spareribs (audio) , -əbz \

Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs separated from the bacon strip

Examples of spareribs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Better yet, grab a spot on the outdoor patio and pair your beers with beef tri-tip or pork spareribs from neighboring Soulbelly BBQ, which was opened this spring by Top Chef contestant Bruce Kalman. Danielle Bauter, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Nov. 2021 Tex Mex BBQ has a privileged position near section 137 offering grass-fed natural Angus beef brisket tacos and Berkshire pork spareribs, among other rotating specials. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The baby back ribs get dry rubbed, smoked, then grilled, and the pork spareribs are slow-roasted over hickory then basted with the house sauce. Nathan Mattise, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021 Or try the upscale MW Restaurant for a plate of sweet and sour Mt. View Farms spareribs or the grilled hamachi kama. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 28 Oct. 2020 In dim sum restaurants small chunks of pork spareribs are steamed with black beans. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, 19 Oct. 2020 Bring the family and your appetite for tri-tip, chicken, pulled pork and spareribs, complemented by the full salad bar, juice bar, deli sandwiches, local craft beer and kombucha on tap. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2019 Compared to spareribs, St. Louis-style ribs are uniform in shape (a beautiful rectangle!) and a little easier to work with. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 21 Aug. 2019 Also, Santa Maria-style barbecue including tri-tip, chicken, pulled pork and spareribs will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the patio. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spareribs

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spareribs

by folk etymology from Low German ribbesper pickled pork ribs roasted on a spit, from Middle Low German, from ribbe rib + sper spear, spit

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The first known use of spareribs was in 1596

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“Spareribs.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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noun plural
spare·​ribs | \ ˈsper-ˌribz How to pronounce spareribs (audio) \

Kids Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs


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