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

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!

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! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 4
Author: Charlie


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


  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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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