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Throw a Southern-style party with the Smollett siblings' smoked ribs and sides

Jazz, Jurnee, Jake and Jussie Smollett are stopping by the TODAY plaza to share a few of their favorite family recipes from their cookbook "The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life." They show us how to make incredibly tender grilled ribs, a salsa-inspired salad, cheesy potatoes au gratin with fresh crab, a fizzy margarita cocktail and sweet praline candies with pecans.

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Slow-smoked ribs, potatoes au gratin: How to make a Southern-style meal

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Smollett Siblings' Fall-off-the-Bone Slow-Smoked Ribs
Smollett Siblings Smoked Ribs
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"When I was growing up, my mom would make baby back ribs so tender that the bone would fall right out," says Jake. "Slow-cooking ribs on the grill to get that perfect dry-rubbed crust on the outside and tender juicy meat on the inside is a true art form."

Smollett Siblings' Potatoes au Gratin with Fresh Crab
Smollett Siblings Crabmeat Potatoes Au Gratin
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"The elegant simplicity of the dish gives it room for reinvention, letting you put your own spin on it," says Jussie. "Our family created a Cajun interpretation of the French classic, with lumps of fresh crabmeat adding a fresh, tangy pop of flavor against the creamy backdrop of perfectly blended cheese."

Smollett Siblings' Black Bean, Avocado and Tomato Salad
Smollett Siblings Blavamato Salad
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According to Jazz, "Our family calls this a 'BlaVaMato' salad, which stands for black beans, avocado and tomatoes. These fresh ingredients get tossed together to make a killer mosh pit of a hearty salsa-inspired salad."

Smollett Siblings' Ginger Ale Margarita
Smollett Siblings Fresh Lime Margarita
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"Our family likes to put a signature spin on our recipes, and this margarita is no different," says Jazz. "The addition of bubbly ginger ale adds effervescence and sweetness to this classic cocktail."

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Jurnee says, "I like any combination of nuts and caramel flavor, so pralines are right up my alley. Whenever I'm working in the South, which is very often, I find a local praline shop. It's a treat that's hard to find anywhere else, so at home, I love making my own! They're delicious and they make the perfect gift."

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