One of the dishes my mom cooked a lot and I was not a fan of it back then. But I am now. This Barley stew is easy to make, you just need to add the ingredients in the pot and then occasionally stir it while it cooks so it doesn’t stick to the bottom and it will turn out good.

I love how thick this Barley stew gets and even develops more flavors from smoked ribs if you cook it a day before you will eat it. This is a humble dish that gets you full especially if you like having a slice of bread with it.

You can add other smoked meat parts or even a sausage.

Ričet s svinjskimi rebri

Barley Stew with Smoked Pork Ribs

Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 portions


  • 500 grams of barley
  • 420 grams of brown beans from a can
  • 200 grams of carrots
  • 1 smaller onion
  • 500 grams of smoked pork ribs
  • 100 grams of tomato puree
  • 200 grams of potatoes
  • 100 grams of celery root
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tea spoon of apple vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil


  • Dice the onion, peel and dice carrots and celery root then cook on olive oil in a big pot for a couple of minutes so it starts to smell good. Then add sliced smoked ribs and seasoning (little salt, black pepper, bay leaf). Also add beans, tomato puree and diced potatoes.
  • Rinse barley under water and add it to the pot. Pour in hot water to submerge all ingredients and cook on low heat for at least 40 minutes, so everything is cooked, stew thickens and flavors develop. Occasionally stir while cooking and add more water if necessary.
  • Then taste and season more with salt and black pepper if needed. Stir in apple vinegar and cook for a few minutes more. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve hot.
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