A long, narrow cut of meat taken from the lower portion of the ribs and breastbone of a hog. Spareribs are quite fatty, which contributes to their delicious flavor. Barbecuing spareribs (usually after they've been marinated) is the most popular method of preparation.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.