6 months ago

Smoked Burnt Ends (You Won’t Even Want The Brisket After Eating These!)

Burnt ends, or as I like to call them 'Meat Candy' are the near perfect little snack food that was first created in good old Kansas City.

For some reason they never really made a huge impact outside of Kansas City, however, I am on a mission to change that.

Every time I smoke a brisket I feel as though it is my duty to treat my guests to burnt ends. Burnt ends are like popcorn, only tender, juicy, smokey and a little crispy. They are everything you need in a snack.

" Burnt ends are like popcorn, only tender, juicy, smokey and a little crispy."

Now unless you are really good friends with your local butcher, you are going to need to cut your own ends off your smoked brisket.

This is not a bad thing though, while your burnt ends are cooking you can enjoy your freshly smoked brisket, thats a win-win right? Right! 

If you have never smoked a brisket before check out my super easy smoked brisket recipe before diving into the burnt ends recipe below.

I hope you enjoy these burnt ends as much as I do!

Crispy Burnt ends

Smoked Burnt Ends Recipe

After you cook these burnt ends you will discover why the folks in Kansas go so crazy over them. They have everything you need in a good snack. They are salty, crispy, juicy, tender and bursting with flavour! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Barbecue
Keyword Barbeque, Burnt Ends
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Author Charlie


  • 1 Smoked brisket
  • BBQ or hot sauce
  • Salt to taste


  1. Once you have your smoked brisket and you have let it rest, you need to cut the point off, make sure you do this against the grain. 

  2. Place your squares into a foil pan and generously coat with your favorite BBQ sauce. I like to use a slightly spicy homemade smokey BBQ sauce that has a little bit of a spicy kick.

  3. Place the foil pan back into the smoker at around 275°F for a further 1.5 - 2.5 hours until the cubes have become nice and charred. You are looking for the end to be nice and burnt. 

  4. As much as you want to eat the burnt ends fresh off the smoker, you do need to let them rest for a good 10 - 15 minutes. Lightly salt and cover with foil. This will allow the burnt ends to really crispen up and become more delicious. 

  5. Serve with lashings of BBQ or hot sauce. 

Final Thoughts

There we go, they are as simple as that. You are going to be popular with these ones, I guarantee. 

Meat candy truly is the perfect accompaniment to the big game, a good beer, and good friends. (or by themselves out of the refrigerator)  

I love mine with lashings of homemade bbq and hot sauce.

Do you have a burnt ends recipe? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Happy Smoking


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You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!

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