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The 3-2-1 method of barbecuing ribs is simple, and it works. But the pros do it better — and faster. Here’s how.

The summer is upon us, and grills and smokers all over the DMV are heating up as well. For the series “Fired Up with Jake and John,” WTOP’s Mike Jakaitis and John Domen talk with some of the region’s best pitmasters about their methods, with the goal of helping you level up your barbecue game.

The amateur backyard chef might subscribe to the 3-2-1 method of barbecuing pork ribs. It’s simple and it works. But run that method

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MIAMI LAKES, Fla. — It’s a humid, 88-degree day, and the line outside at La Traila Barbeque is more than a hundred people deep an hour after doors opened for the first time on the Saturday before Memorial Day.

People happily waited — roughly two hours — with anticipation for something many had not tasted before. South Florida specializes in a variety of food, but premier barbecue isn’t one of them.

“What is brisket?” one patron asked out loud, reading the digital menu on her phone. After ordering it, she fell in love. Another man walked out with a to-go

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When Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin was small, she roamed her parents’ restaurant on Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, Texas, cadging French fries from the diners. Her mom, Nancy Collet, was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the city on the arm of an American serviceman she later divorced. Collet cooked in the kitchen of Golden Wok, one of San Antonio’s oldest Chinese restaurants, before taking a job as a cocktail waitress and marrying a restaurant manager, Jim Dobbertin, Jennifer’s dad. In the 1980s, the couple opened an American-style diner, the Conglomeration. The menu ran to burgers, fried catfish, hush puppies. Collet

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This obituary is part of “We Will Remember,” a series about those we’ve lost to the coronavirus.

He was the famous rib cooker in the family and had a passion for riding his red trike.

Detroiter Leslie Helms, who managed to bounce back from multiple surgeries over the years, lost his life to what his wife of 45 years, Kathie Helms, called “something invisible.”

Helms lost his battle at the age of 72, six hours after Cliff Taylor, one of his best friends, died of COVID-19. He died April 18 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Leslie Helms on his trike

Known to many as

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