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Best Burnt Ends (Brisket) Recipe

Brisket Burnt Ends – Flavorful and super meaty Burnt Ends are a classic BBQ recipe made from the charred ends of beef brisket. They’re tossed in barbecue sauce and Coca-Cola for the perfect sweet, smoky flavor that goes great with your favorite southern sides!

a bowl of burnt ends in bbq sauce with pickles

What are Burnt Ends?

This old-school BBQ joint recipe was thought to have first shown up in Kansas City barbecue restaurants as a way to use up (and serve) the tough ends of a smoked brisket. Little chunks of beefy goodness, braised in spicy-sweet barbecue sauce… What’s not to love?

For this Burnt Ends recipe, you first need to make the beef brisket. You can use the ends from this classic Best Smoked Beef Brisket Recipe or Texas Style Oven Brisket Recipe. Both are fantastic! Then you simply cut off both the tough flat end and the fatty point to make burnt ends.

Or you can buy a smaller piece of brisket specifically to make this burnt ends recipe. Below we show you how to do this in a smoker or in the oven.

Continue reading for our complete start-to-finish Brisket Burnt Ends recipe!

brisket burnt ends recipe

Ingredients You Need

Here we are showing you how to make a complete Burnt Ends recipe, brisket, and all. So for this full dish, you’ll need:

  • Beef brisketpoint end
  • Seasoningssalt, black pepper, garlic powder, ancho chile powder
  • Barbecue sauceyour favorite spicy-sweet brand
  • Coca-Colaor other similar cola you prefer

The point-end of a brisket is sometimes called the Deckle. This end is more tender and fatty than the flat end. However, a flat brisket can also be used if you cannot find a Deckle. When I make burnt ends from a whole brisket I use both!

cocoa cola and bbq sauce

Whether you plan to smoke or roast the beef brisket, you want to first prepare the meat properly. Set out a rimmed baking sheet and place the brisket on it. In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ancho chili. Rub the spice blend over the entire surface of the brisket.

How to Make a Beef Brisket in a Smoker

If you have a smoker, use it!

How to smoke the brisket to make Burnt Ends: Place the brisket in a 225 degree F smoker. Insert a meat thermometer probe and smoke the brisket to 195 degrees F. You can wrap the brisket in foil or a piece of butcher paper once it hits 150 degrees F to keep the cooking process from stalling.

meat on a baking sheet covered with seasonings

How to Make Brisket in the Oven

If you don’t have a smoker, preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Set the brisket in the oven, insert a meat thermometer probe, and bake to 195 degrees F. Whether on the smoker or in the oven, this usually takes 3 ½ – 5 hours, depending on the size and shape of the brisket.

smoked beef on a baking sheet

How to Make Brisket Burnt Ends

Once the internal temperature of the brisket is around 190, prepare the sauce. Set out a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Pour the barbecue sauce and Coca-Cola into the dish and whisk to combine.

Once the brisket reaches 195 degrees, remove it from the heat.

pouring barbecue sauce into a pan

Use a serrated knife to cut the brisket into 1-inch chunks. Check out this post for tips on how to perfectly slice a beef brisket.

As you cut them, quickly move them to the dish so that any juices that run out get mixed into the sauce.

adding chunks of smoked brisket to the pan with barbecue sauce

Once all the brisket is chopped, stir the pieces to coat in sauce.

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Now place the pan back in the oven (or on the smoker) and continue cooking for 1 hour, until the sauce thickens and the exposed pieces of brisket are crispy.

overhead view of brisket burn ends in bbq sauce

Suggestions for How to Serve Burnt Ends

At a bbq joint, burnt ends are usually served as an appetizer before the big meal gets going.

Or it can be served as the main dish of a barbecue plate loaded with southern sides. Traditional side dishes include Bread and Butter Pickles, Baked Beans, Potato Salad and Collard Greens. And a slice of white bread, too, of course!

side view of burnt ends in a bowl with pickles

Storage and Reheating Tips

Leftover Burnt Ends are fantastic! They are delicious to eat cold or reheated, either as a main dish or even for a snack.

Once the meat has cooled, store it in a sealed container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To keep the smoked brisket for longer you can freeze for up to 3 months. Again, after it has cooled transfer the Burnt Ends to an airtight zipper bag or container and freeze. Defrost in the fridge overnight, and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a bit more barbecue sauce.

overhead top down view barbecue brisket chunks with southern sides

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Best Burn Ends (Brisket) Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Best Brisket Burnt Ends Recipe. Meaty, flavorful beef brisket pieces are tossed in BBQ sauce and Coca-Cola. Serve with your favorite southern sides!
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set out a rimmed baking sheet and place the brisket on it. In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ancho chile. Rub the spice blend over the entire surface of the brisket.
  • Smoker Method: If you have a smoker, use it! Place the brisket in a 225 degree F smoker. Insert a meat thermometer probe and smoke the brisket to 195 degrees F. You can wrap the brisket in foil or peach butcher paper once it hits 150 degrees F to keep the cooking process from stalling.
  • Oven Method: If you don’t have a smoker, preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Set the brisket in the oven, insert a meat thermometer probe and bake to 195 degrees F. Either way this usually takes 3 ½ – 5 hours, depending on the size and shape of the brisket.
  • Once the internal temperature is around 190, prepare the sauce. Set out a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Pour the barbecue sauce and Coca-Cola into the dish. Once the brisket reaches 195 degrees, remove it from the heat.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut the brisket into 1 inch chunks. As you cut them, quickly move them to the dish so that any juices that run out get mixed into the sauce. Once all the brisket is chopped, stir the pieces to coat in sauce.
  • Now place the pan back in the oven (or on the smoker) and continue cooking for 1 hour, until the sauce thickens and the exposed pieces of brisket of crispy. Stir and serve warm.

Video

Notes

The point-end of a brisket is sometimes called the Deckle. This end is more tender and fatty than the flat end. However, a flat brisket can also be used if you cannot find a Deckle. (When I make burnt ends from a whole brisket I use both!)
How to serve: At a bbq joint, burnt ends would traditionally be served as an appetizer, or as the main dish of a barbecue plate with southern sides.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 453kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 141mg, Sodium: 1258mg, Potassium: 882mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 208IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 5mg
Course: Appetizer, Main, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Southern, Texan
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Best Burnt Ends (Brisket) Recipe”

  1. Love adding coke to meat recipes. This recipe is a summer hit! It’s packed with flavor & the meat is nice & tender.

  2. My whole family loved us, thanks for the easy directions!

  3. My kids are very picky and they loved this, thanks for the recipe.

  4. I never loved the crispy or burnt bits of my barbecue, but this makes it all so tasty and just so perfect for using the whole ingredient!