Burnt Ends Sandwich: A BBQ Masterpiece

Cubed smoked brisket point is smoked in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce for an irresistible, melt-in-you-mouth Burnt Ends Sandwich.

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Discover the charm of the Kansas Burnt Ends Sandwich, a BBQ classic that embodies the smoky goodness of tender brisket, and is also a serious matter of contention with people from Missouri.

Looking to try other delicious sandwiches from across the United States? Check out the viral Vermonter, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula favorite the Cudighi, or Hawaii’s Kalua Pork Sandwich.

What are Burnt Ends?

Burnt ends are delectable, caramelized chunks of brisket resulting from slow-cooking, delivering a unique texture and the unmistakable taste of smoked meat.


What Kind of Meat is Burnt Ends?

Burnt ends come from brisket, a cut slow-cooked to achieve optimal tenderness and a distinctive flavor.

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What Do You Eat Burnt Ends With?

The burnt ends sandwich pairs well with a delectable BBQ sauce, adding a sweet and tangy kick. Folks also often enjoy burnt ends with pickles and pickled white onion.

What is the Best Way to Cook Burnt Ends?

The ideal method for cooking burnt ends involves slow-cooking. Use a smoker to infuse the brisket with a smoky essence.

Why Are They Called Burnt Ends?

Contrary to the name, “burnt ends” doesn’t imply overcooking. It refers to the outer edges of the brisket that caramelize during smoking, creating a unique crust and flavor.

How Do You Make Burnt Ends?

To make burnt ends, smoke a whole brisket until tender. Next, cube it, toss the pieces in BBQ sauce, and return them to the smoker until a caramelized crust forms.

How Do You Make Burnt Ends Without a Smoker?

While a smoker is optimal, you can make burnt ends using a grill or oven. Slow-cook the brisket until tender. Then finish by roasting or grilling the cubed pieces with BBQ sauce for that signature caramelization.

What is Poor Man’s Burnt Ends?

Poor man’s burnt ends involve using chuck roast instead of brisket. This is a budget-friendly alternative that retains the essence of traditional burnt ends.

Are Burnt Ends Healthy?

While a delightful indulgence, enjoy burnt ends in moderation. The richness of brisket and the addition of BBQ sauce contribute to a higher calorie content. Consider pairing your burnt ends sandwich with fresh, crisp vegetables for a well-rounded meal.

Whether you’re a BBQ enthusiast or a novice, this recipe will leave you wanting more. So, fire up the smoker (or oven), gather your ingredients, and savor the irresistible allure of burnt ends.

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Burnt Ends Sandwich

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
Cubed smoked brisket point is smoked in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce for an irresistible, melt-in-you-mouth Burnt Ends Sandwich.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 128 kcal


  • Smoker charcoal or electric


  • 1 6 – 8 lb brisket*
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • white bread
  • white onion sliced
  • pickles

Recipe Instructions

  • Preheat smoker to 225℉.
  • Separate the point and the flat. (Set flat aside for another use or smoke alongside. We will be only using the point for the burnt ends). Trim extra hard fat leaving ¼ inch of fat on the fat cap.
  • Season brisket point on all sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Place seasoned brisket point in your smoker, spritzing with beef broth every hour. This usually takes 6 – 8 hours.
  • When the meat reaches 165℉, wrap tightly in butcher paper and return to the smoker. Smoke for roughly 3 more hours or until the temp reaches 195℉.
  • Remove and place the brisket on a cutting board. Unwrap and cube into 1½ inch cubes. Add to an aluminum pan and toss with brown sugar and barbecue sauce.
  • Put the uncovered pan back on the smoker at 225℉ for 1 – 2 more hours, or until cubes become caramelized.
  • Add cubes to slices of bread and enjoy with pickles and onion if desired.


*If you don’t feel like smoking a huge brisket, pork belly would be a good substitute. Smoke at 225°F for 2.5 – 3 hours. Remove from heat, cube, add brown sugar and barbecue sauce, and return to smoker for another 60 – 90 minutes.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2177mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 88IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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