Russian-style Barbecue Ribs


Russian-style Barbecue Ribs

Savory Smoked Ribs with a Russian Twist

In Russian cuisine, hearty and flavorful dishes are highly valued. This adaptation of the classic American barbecue ribs incorporates traditional Russian flavors to create a mouthwatering dish. The tender and smoky ribs are complemented by a rich and tangy sauce, making it a perfect choice for a satisfying meal.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

4-5 hours

4 hours 15 minutes - 5 hours 15 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb, High-protein, Gluten-free, Dairy-free (if sour cream is substituted with dairy-free alternative)

Dairy (if not using dairy-free sour cream)

Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Nut-free


While the original American barbecue ribs are typically seasoned with a dry rub and cooked low and slow, this Russian-style adaptation adds a unique twist. The ribs are marinated in a flavorful mixture of herbs, spices, and vinegar, then smoked to perfection. The sauce is also modified to include ingredients commonly used in Russian cuisine, such as sour cream and dill. We alse have the original recipe for Barbecue Ribs, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 450 kcal / 1880 KJ
  • Fat: 30g (Saturated Fat: 12g)
  • Carbohydrates: 5g (Sugars: 2g)
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    Preheat the smoker to 120°C (250°F).
  2. 2.
    In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, paprika, dried dill, brown sugar, white vinegar, salt, and pepper to make a marinade.
  3. 3.
    Rub the marinade all over the ribs, ensuring they are evenly coated. Let them marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  4. 4.
    Place the marinated ribs in the smoker and cook for 4-5 hours, or until the meat is tender and has a smoky flavor.
  5. 5.
    In a separate bowl, mix together the sour cream, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt and pepper to make the sauce.
  6. 6.
    Brush the sauce onto the smoked ribs during the last 30 minutes of cooking, allowing it to caramelize slightly.
  7. 7.
    Remove the ribs from the smoker and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  8. 8.
    Serve the Russian-style barbecue ribs hot, garnished with fresh dill.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Pork ribs — Choose meaty ribs with a good amount of fat for juiciness and flavor.
  • Dill — Fresh dill is preferred for its vibrant flavor, but dried dill can be used as a substitute.
  • Sour cream — Opt for full-fat sour cream for a creamy and rich sauce.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a smokier flavor, add wood chips or chunks to the smoker.
  • Basting the ribs with the sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking adds a delicious glaze.
  • Serve the ribs with traditional Russian side dishes like mashed potatoes or pickled vegetables.

Serving advice

Serve the Russian-style barbecue ribs as a main course, accompanied by a generous portion of mashed potatoes and a side of tangy pickled vegetables. Garnish with fresh dill for an extra burst of flavor.

Presentation advice

Arrange the smoked ribs on a platter, drizzle some of the sauce over them, and sprinkle with chopped fresh dill. Serve with the side dishes on separate plates for an appealing and appetizing presentation.