Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The strip of fat from the upper part of a side of pork, usually dried and salt-cured.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A layer of fat, along the back of a pig, used as a cut of meat or to make lard
  • n. A fish, the menhaden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The menhaden.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A local United States name of the mullet.— 2. A local Anglo-American name of the menhaden.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. salt pork from the back of a hog carcass

Etymologies

fat +‎ back (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Like fatback is a staple in green, black eyed peas and purple hulls

    Pigskins...Delicious and Productive

  • Some offal is more straightforward in name, such as fatback (literally, back fat) and caul fat (a fatty membrane surrounding pig intestines).

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  • My ultimate recipe for feijoada includes smoked pork, linguiça sausage, fatback for flavor and dried beef, simmered in black beans for hours and topped off with sizzled garlic and onions.

    The Feijoada From Ipanema

  • We were fed a great feast of black-eyed peas with pieces of fatback and skillet bread.

    Eliza’s Freedom Road

  • Before they ate their bit of fatback, they first scraped the newsprint off the rind.

    Herta Müller - Nobel Lecture

  • You sip a bacon-infused bourbon old fashioned, while nibbling on pancetta-wrapped figs. Once seated, you waver between the braised pork belly or the Allan Benton-bacon wrapped trout, served with Brussels spouts roasted with cured fatback.

    The Bacon Backlash

  • “Hello there,” said a woman with frosted hair who was busy cramming serving spoons in various bowls of creamed corn, green beans with fatback, and steamed collards.

    Blood Lite II: Overbite

  • Maynard Gray was indeed making his way along the buffet, picking over the greens to see if any of them bore the sheen of fatback.

    Blood Lite II: Overbite

  • The old Yankee fare that his mother and her mother and her mother had cooked—cod boiled with fatback and potatoes, smoked cod simmered with potatoes and cream—was suddenly difficult to find.

    One Big Table

  • The platter was surrounded by bowls of boiled potatoes, chopped raw onion, chopped hard-cooked egg, and cubed and fried pork fatback.

    One Big Table

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