New Nordic Barbecue Ribs


New Nordic Barbecue Ribs

Smoked and Glazed Nordic Ribs with Lingonberry Sauce

In the context of New Nordic cuisine, these barbecue ribs are a delightful fusion of American flavors and Nordic ingredients. The ribs are slow-smoked to perfection, then glazed with a tangy lingonberry sauce, adding a unique Nordic twist to this classic dish.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

4-5 hours

4 hours 20 minutes - 5 hours 20 minutes

4 servings


Nordic Diet, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, Paleo


Vegan, Vegetarian, High-carb, Keto, Nut-free


In the New Nordic adaptation, the barbecue ribs are infused with local Nordic flavors and ingredients. The traditional American barbecue sauce is replaced with a lingonberry glaze, which adds a sweet and tart taste. Additionally, the ribs are slow-smoked using traditional Nordic smoking techniques, enhancing the smoky flavors with hints of juniper and birch. We alse have the original recipe for Barbecue Ribs, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 450 kcal / 1880 KJ
  • Fat: 30g (Saturated Fat: 10g)
  • Carbohydrates: 15g (Sugars: 10g)
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Preheat the grill or smoker to 120°C (250°F).
  2. 2.
    In a small saucepan, combine the lingonberry jam, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, minced garlic, black pepper, juniper berries, and birch bark. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the glaze is well combined and slightly thickened.
  3. 3.
    Season the ribs generously with salt on both sides.
  4. 4.
    Place the ribs on the grill or smoker, bone side down, and cook for 3 hours, maintaining a steady temperature.
  5. 5.
    After 3 hours, brush the lingonberry glaze onto the ribs, coating them evenly. Continue cooking for another 1-2 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the glaze has caramelized.
  6. 6.
    Remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. 7.
    Cut the ribs into individual portions and serve with extra lingonberry glaze on the side.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Lingonberry jam — Look for lingonberry jam made with natural ingredients and no added sugars for a more authentic and healthier option.
  • Juniper berries — Crush the juniper berries just before using to release their aromatic oils and enhance the flavor.
  • Birch bark — If you can't find ground birch bark, you can substitute it with a small amount of ground cinnamon for a similar warm and woody flavor.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a smokier flavor, add a handful of soaked juniper or birch wood chips to the grill or smoker.
  • Baste the ribs with the lingonberry glaze every 30 minutes during the last hour of cooking for a more intense flavor.
  • Serve the ribs with a side of pickled vegetables and a fresh herb salad to complement the Nordic flavors.

Serving advice

Serve the New Nordic Barbecue Ribs hot, garnished with fresh lingonberries and a sprinkle of chopped dill. Accompany them with a side of roasted root vegetables and a slice of dark rye bread.

Presentation advice

Arrange the ribs on a wooden serving platter, drizzle some extra lingonberry glaze over them, and garnish with sprigs of fresh dill. Serve with small bowls of lingonberry jam and mustard on the side for dipping.