Burnt ends are basically the definition of BBQ. Smoky or sweet, pork or beef, game day or family dinner — these burnt ends recipes do it all. I guarantee that whatever recipe you use, burnt ends will be the first dish to disappear from your spread. People can’t resist their delicious flavor! 

BBQ Burnt Ends in a foil container.

Here’s a whole roundup of our favorite burnt ends recipes, along with the best way to serve them. If you’re in the mood for a traditional burnt ends recipe or something more adventurous, then look no further! We have the perfect combinations right here.

Why You’ll Love Burnt Ends Recipes

So, what exactly are burnt ends? Typically, burnt ends are flavorful pieces of meat cut from the point end of a brisket. The entire brisket, which is a really large cut of meat, is basically separated into two cuts: the lean flat cut and the fattier point cut.

Because the point of the brisket has a higher fat content, it takes longer to cook, which gives us burnt ends! You generally see burnt ends a lot in Kansas City-style barbecue, where they’re considered a delicacy. 

Burnt ends between two sandwich buns.

But the best thing about burnt ends recipes? You don’t have to stop at traditional beef brisket. I’ve made them with pork butt and pork shoulder, pork belly, bologna, hot dogs, even smoked salmon and poor man’s burnt ends, and all with great results. 

If you’re a fan of burnt ends, you’ll probably love my other BBQ brisket recipes. Check out my recipes for Overnight Smoked Brisket, Chopped Brisket Sandwich, BBQ Brisket Nachos and Smoked Brisket Queso.

​My Favorite Burnt Ends Recipes

​These recipes run the gamut from traditional to adventurous, with every protein you can think of. Whatever way you make your burnt ends, I know they’ll be so freakin’ delicious! 

BBQ Burnt Ends in a foil container.

BBQ Brisket Burnt Ends

If you think it can't get any better than smoked brisket, hold my beer. These succulent BBQ Burnt Ends sauced up with honey, chipotles, and my favorite Cherry Chipotle Ale Rub for some sweet heat.
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a pile of brisket burnt ends on a plate held next to a smoker

Brisket Burnt Ends

Brisket Burnt Ends is the ideal recipe for the point of your Texas Smoked Brisket.
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Poor Man's Burnt Ends

Poor Man’s Burnt Ends

Poor Man’s Burnt Ends are here and they’re anything but poor. They're rich in flavor and cooked until they fall apart. Delicious!
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Smoked Pork Burnt Ends on a plate.

Smoked Pork Burnt Ends

For this Smoked Pork Burnt Ends recipe, cubes of pork belly are smoked and then simmered in hot sauce and honey.
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Crispy Pork Belly Burnt ends sliced and ready to devour.

Crispy Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Crispy Pork Belly Burnt Ends for a crispy, juicy bite of pork belly.
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Pastrami Pork Belly Burnt Ends are served!

Pastrami Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Pastrami Pork Belly Burnt Ends for a delicious snack or all out dinner.
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Honey Garlic Pork Belly Burnt Ends are served.

Honey Garlic Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Honey Garlic Pork Belly Burnt Ends for a sweet garlic kick!
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Smoked Tequila Lime Burnt Ends Recipe

Smoked Tequila Lime Burnt Ends

Smoked Tequila Lime Burnt Ends with a crisp Lone River Ranch Water… All I can say is, cheers!
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maple bourbon pork belly burnt ends

Maple Bourbon Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Learn to make the most epic Maple Bourbon Pork Belly Burnt Ends! This recipe is smoky, sweet and savory all at the same time.
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Teriyaki Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Teriyaki Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Yes, it is possible to make pork taste even better. Teriyaki Pork Belly Burnt Ends are the answer, with sweet and spicy teriyaki sauce caramelized on the outside of smoky, tender pork.
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Smoked Maple Sriracha Burnt Ends

Smoked Maple Sriracha Burnt Ends

The only kind of belly I want… is a pork belly! Today we’ve got Smoked Maple Sriracha Burnt Ends. A sweet spicy combo of cubed meat deliciousness!
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Smoked Bologna Burnt Ends drizzled with the Honey Gold BBQ Sauce.

Smoked Bologna Burnt Ends

Smoked Bologna Burnt Ends
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Smoked Hot Dog Burnt Ends plated with toothpicks for easy serving.

Smoked Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Smoked Hot Dog Burnt Ends for an easy, fun and tasty treat.
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Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Burnt Ends

Smoked Salmon Burnt Ends, let's get after it!
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Whether it’s your first time making burnt ends or you’re a meat candy connoisseur, I hope you find something that grabs you in these different ways to prepare burnt ends. With all these recipes, you basically have every summer BBQ party covered!

Tips for Cooking Burnt Ends

1. Give yourself time for the cooking process. Burnt ends are from the fattier part of the brisket, and this part can be initially tough. But prolonged smoking at a low temperature gradually converts the collagen in the meat into gelatin, which adds moisture and tenderness to the meat. With this whole process, you get the melt-in-your-mouth texture that makes life worth living.

2. Seasoning is key. You’ll find lots of options in these recipes. But, if you’re in a pinch and you want to keep it simple, you can’t go wrong with your go-to favorite rub or one with kosher salt, brown sugar and garlic powder. You can also check out my line of spice rubs from Spiceology!

3. Finally, make sure you have aluminum foil, a foil pan, a digital meat thermometer and butcher’s paper on hand. You’ll need these for checking the internal temperature of the meat, properly smoking and finishing your burnt ends. 

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What to Serve With Burnt Ends

Like I said, burnt ends are BBQ at its finest. Stick with your favorite BBQ sides like potato salad, cornbread (or white bread), coleslaw, baked beans, collard greens or macaroni for a good time. Don’t forget the barbecue sauce. 

Pastrami burnt ends with sides.

Leftovers & Reheating

If you have any burnt ends left (miracle of miracles!), wrap them in aluminum foil and then store them in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. For leftover burnt ends, there are so many possibilities. Sandwiches, nachos, tacos — let your imagination run wild. 


​Can I make these BURNT ENDS recipes in the oven? 

You sure can! You’ll miss out on plenty of smoke flavor, but the oven will get the job done. Follow the recipes as directed in a 250 degree oven

What do I do with the rest of the brisket? A whole brisket is huge!

There are so many ways you can cook brisket — classic BBQ with a Texas style rub, in the slower cooker with tangy BBQ sauce, braised in the oven, corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day (or whenever the mood strikes you for delicious Reuben) and much more. Be sure to check out all our brisket recipes for inspiration!

What smoker do you recommend for BURNT ENDS RECIPES

For the easiest, high-tech smoking, I highly recommend Oklahoma Joe’s Tahoma 900 smoker. It uses gravity to keep the fire going at a steady temperature. It comes with a digital meat thermometer probe connected to an app on your phone, so you’ll always be on top of the temperature.

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