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

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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, "How to Buy the Right Kind of Pork Ribs," 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, "North County Business Briefs, Aug. 8," 8 Aug. 2019 The Salt Lick has a vast menu, especially for a barbecue joint, but is known for beef, both in the form of the Lone Star State’s signature dish, brisket, and the much less common giant beef spareribs. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 Put the spareribs, meaty side up, on a cutting board. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ribs 101: Pitmasters offer advice on cooking ribs," 1 July 2018 Pork spareribs are huge and perfectly cooked, and the smoked turkey is always a great choice. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018 Media: Scott Kingsley, Houston Chronicle The classic East Texas-style barbecue served at this Acres Homes institution includes big, meaty pork spareribs and a killer chopped beef sandwich. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's favorite barbecue joints," 10 May 2018

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

Kids Definition of spareribs

: a cut of pork ribs

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