Nesco Baby Back Ribs

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Nesco Baby Back Ribs fall off the bone, and have smoky, tangy flavor.  No outdoor grill? These ribs are your answer.
Nesco Baby Back Ribs
Nesco Baby Back Ribs
Nesco Baby Back Ribs

Nesco Baby Back Ribs fall off the bone, and have smoky, tangy flavor.  No outdoor grill? These ribs are your answer.

Barbecues Banned!

As you know, California has had some exceptionally bad fires.  In an effort to prevent them, barbecues were banned in all but single family dwellings in California Fire Code Chapter 3, Section 308.1.4 . This doesn’t mean you don’t occasionally smell Kabob grilling in the neighborhood, we have a few really good Greek and Armenian restaurants, and there is the odd grandfather protectively guarding his kabob-laden grill, who when challenged says “No English!” But, for the rest of us, sadly the days of my Weber Smokey Joe wafting its fragrance under noses, making mouths water, and stomachs growl, are over. So, what’s a girl to do?

Nesco to the Rescue

My Nesco oven has saved me for so many years. When the real oven went out, the Nesco was ready. Thanksgiving and Christmas just don’t happen without the Nesco. Meatloaf? It has to be done in the Nesco to keep it as moist as possible without falling apart. Barbecue? Would Nesco be able to do it? Yes!

Why use a Nesco

The Nesco has an cooking well inner pan and a rack.  This means that you can put meat on the rack and liquid in the cooking well and the flavor from the liquid will bring its flavor to what is cooking on the rack.  It’s a closed system and a good one, too.  The Nesco is the perfect way to make the ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey.

The Trick to Good Flavor

Using an outdoor grill gives the meat a chance to get some smokiness.  When you are barbecuing without a grill, you need to make sure you have a good rub.  For moisture you also need a well-flavored liquid.  Cooking the ribs slowly in the Nesco insures you will have great taste and a tender bite.

Nesco Baby Back Ribs

Nesco Baby Back Ribs

Nesco Baby Back Ribs fall off the bone, and have smoky, tangy flavor.  No outdoor grill? These ribs are your answer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern United States
Difficulty: Moderate
Newsletter: 2023-06-30
Allergen: pork
Calories per serving: 311kcal

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  • 2 pounds Baby back Pork Ribs

— Rub —

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked salt
  • 2 tablespoon Brown sugar

— Steaming Liquid —

  • 1 cup Red wine
  • 2 Garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 Onion root and skin only
  • 1 quart Water

— Sauce —

Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Have ready the racks for an 18 quart Nesco. Remove the cooking well and pre-heat the Nesco base to 250 °F.
  • 2 pounds Baby back Pork Ribs
    Remove the ribs from their packaging, and rinse. Remove any extra skin or sinew.
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Onion powder, 2 teaspoon Paprika, 1 teaspoon Cayenne, 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard, 1 teaspoon Smoked salt, 2 tablespoon Brown sugar
    Make the rub, set aside.
  • 1 cup Red wine, 1 quart Water
    Put the bottom half of the Nesco rack in the cooking well with the sides pointing up. Pour the wine and water into the cookwell.
  • 2 Garlic cloves sliced, 1 Onion root and skin only
    Do not remove the skins from the garlic, just chop it roughly and put it in the cooking well. Remove the skin, top and bottom from the onion. Put it in the cookwell, and use the rest of the onion for something else, like potato salad. Place the second rack on the first rack.
  • Generously put about three or four teaspoons of the rub on the bottom of the ribs, and rub it in, pressing lightly with your fingers. Turn it over and put it on the rack of the Nesco. Rub the remaining rub onto the top and sides of the ribs
  • Put the cooking well into the base, and cover. Cook for 2 hours or until the meat has separated from the bone.
  • 1 cup Boswell Barbecue Sauce
    Have ready a baking sheet lined with foil. Carefully remove the ribs from the Nesco and place on the cooking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush the ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce.
  • Place under the broiler at high heat, and broil until the top is bubbling.


If you have the use of a barbecue, you could put the ribs on the barbecue instead of the broiler.
If you have another dry rub you like to use, please feel free. Taste the rub, and adjust ingredients until it is to your liking.


Serving: 4gCalories: 311kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 14gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 794mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9g
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4 thoughts on “Nesco Baby Back Ribs”

  1. 5 stars
    My Grandmother and my Mom (and me) have always cooked our Thanksgiving turkey in “the” ( I still use the original one from Grandma) Nesco Roaster. I use your rib recipe – omitting the wine, ran out! – and they were fantastic! I had tried another in the oven recipe and it was a flop. Nothing makes meat more moist and tender than this wonderful roaster. Years ago, we did a major rehab on our house. It was my only oven for 6 months and everything was always perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    We really liked the way the ribs turned out. We have an 18 quart, put a bunch of ribs in, roasted them with wine (some for the pot, some for me), and threw them on the grill to finish cooking. I gotta say not having to spend time hovering over the grill on a hot day was a real treat. That’s the great thing about the Nesco roaster. We have an outlet outside, so we put the Nesco outdoors, too. Great!

    • Glenn, I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. I agree with you, Nesco roasters are wonderful. I took mine to the park and had chili in it on a cold day. Everyone stayed nice and warm.

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