a few months ago there was a thread here about cooking with a microwave (actually the OP was claiming it wasn't cooking but i both disagree and digress) anyway the minimalist in the NY times time is on that very topic
Beef ribs can stand up to strong flavors. Here, a spicy-sweet rub with chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic, and brown sugar coats the meat, which is roasted to tenderness. Finishing on the grill with a smoky chipotle barbecue sauce ensures the meat gets a nice char and the sauce lacquers. Read more.