Nesco Baby Back Ribs

Nesco Baby Back Ribs fall off the bone, and have smoky, tangy flavor.
Nesco Baby Back Ribs

Last Updated on April 16, 2022

Barbecues Banned!

In an effort to clean up the air in Glendale, barbecues were banned. 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 a 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 the Nesco be able to do it? Yes!



Nesco Baby Back Ribs

Nesco Baby Back Ribs fall off the bone, and have smoky, tangy flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern United States
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Calories per serving: 311kcal


  • 1 package 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.
  • Remove the ribs from their packaging, and rinse. Remove any extra skin or sinew.
  • Make the rub, set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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 of 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 on to the top and sides of the ribs.[cap id="attachment_5574" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Nesco Baby Back Ribs just finished their rub[/cap]
  • Put the cooking well into the base, and cover. Cook for 2 hours, or until the meat has separated from the bone.[cap id="attachment_5574" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Nesco Baby Back Ribs in the cookwell ready to cook[/cap]
  • 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.[cap id="attachment_5574" align="aligncenter" width="576"]Finished Nesco Baby Back Ribs[/cap]


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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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

4 Responses to Nesco Baby Back Ribs

  1. SUE BERTRAM says:

    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. Glenn says:

    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.