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Poor Man's Burnt Ends
Poor Man's Burnt Ends
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
5 hrs

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!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Poor Man's Burnt Ends
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 574 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce:
  • ¾ cup Ketchup
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 oz Bourbon
  • 1.5 tbsp Hot Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Garlic Paste
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire
  • Salt to taste
  1. Cube your chuck roast into 1” size cubes and place in a bowl. Lather with canola oil and then season with Tennessee Smoke Seasoning or your favorite BBQ seasoning. Place the cubes onto a baking tray with about ½” separation between each cube. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set, then let come to room temperature 15 minutes before cooking.
  2. Preheat a grill or smoker using a two zone fire with Cowboy Charcoal to 275F. Add some hickory chunks or chips for added smoke flavor.
  3. Place the beef onto the smoker to cook for about 1.5 hours until they begin to soften. As the beef smokes, heat up a medium high fire for the BBQ Sauce. Add a skillet with the bourbon to simmer for 30 seconds. Next, add the rest of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce and let simmer until thickened. Once warm and well incorporated, pull the BBQ sauce off the heat to cool.
  4. After 1.5 hours on the smoker, pull the beef off and place into a medium size foil bin. Top the burnt ends with the BBQ sauce and mix around. Cover the bin with aluminum foil and place back on the smoker to cook for another 2.5 hours. Add more BBQ sauce if needed so that there is a decent amount of liquid in order to break down the burnt ends.
  5. Once the burnt ends are tender and can easily break apart, pull them off and let cool for 10 minutes. Toss the cooled burnt ends in some of the foil bins sauce, season with a little more BBQ seasoning and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Poor Man's Burnt Ends
Amount Per Serving
Calories 574 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 743mg32%
Potassium 947mg27%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.