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
- 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.
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!