It's all hands on deck when the Smolletts throw their epic annual barbecue under the stars. There's a trip to the butcher for Jake Smollett's Apricot-Mustard Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Jussie Smollett makes his famous Teriyaki Chicken Wings with Pineapple and Ginger Glaze, while Jurnee Smollett-Bell plans to wow with her gooey Stovetop Mac n' Cheese. Plus, Jazz Smollett worries that her Bourbon-Soaked Grilled Peach Dessert with Lemon Mascarpone Cream will be pushed aside, and Jojo and Jocqui Smollett struggle to get Jake's new grill assembled in time for the party.
Jake Smollett has always dreamed of testing his skills in the world of street food and gets his chance when he takes over a friend's food truck and brags about his killer Steak Banh Mi Tacos on social media. Sisters Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jazz Smollett see his video and decide to crash the action by showing up in their own truck, with Southern-inspired Oyster Po' Boy Sliders on board, to challenge Jake and brother Jojo Smollett to a truck vs. truck throw down. The loser has to post a video of shame online!
Jazz Smollett is struggling to find time to plan her daughter's birthday party, when her four brothers step up and offer to help plan the menu. Doting uncles Jake, Jussie, Jojo and Jocqui Smollett are in for quite a challenge, between appeasing their sister's vision for the party, keeping birthday girl Nylah out of trouble, and flawlessly executing the kid and adult-friendly menu of Mini Croque Monsieurs, Lavender Cupcakes and Fruit and Veggie Cutouts with Honey Vanilla Sauce and Ranch Dressing.
Known for their Los Angeles pop-up dinners, Jake and Jussie Smollet are debuting their seventh pop-up experience at the famed Hollywood Improv Comedy Club. Using Jake's trip to Italy as inspiration, the brothers create a showstopping three-course meal. With a Zucchini Carpaccio appetizer and Lemon Sorbet dessert, they go fancy for their main course, Homemade Tarragon Fettuccine and a Vodka Cream Sauce, topped with lobster. It's a tough crowd of patrons and fans at the Improv and creating a good meal is no laughing matter.
To celebrate their mom's Southern roots, the Smollett kids plan a meal based on her New Orleans upbringing. After a visit to the local seafood market to pick out crawfish and shrimp for a Seafood Boil, Jake Smollett assumes Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jazz Smollett will help him with the grunt work, but his sisters are nowhere to be seen. As a reward for deveining all the shrimp, Jake helps himself to some of Jurnee's Corn Bread. When Jazz returns to cook up her Fried Okra, Jurnee is still missing in action, distracted by food plans of her own. Jazz and Jake are left wondering if their sister will be a no-show at the main event.
Baby brother Jocqui Smollett is eager to prove that his cooking skills are worthy of the Smollett family's culinary ranking system, so he plans to wow his siblings with a Mexican menu. Jocqui visits L.A. restaurant Chichen Itza where he learns how to make homemade tortillas and a killer horchata-based cocktail. Back at the house, Jocqui hopes that his Pork Lager Chili Verde and Homemade Tortillas and Chips will win over foodies Jazz and Jake Smollett.