Poor Man’s Burnt Ends

Burnt ends are an absolute treat that I only get to enjoy on occasion. They’re normally made from the point of a beef brisket, smoked low-and-slow for hours and hours. But, you can get that same magical tender juicy beefy bite using a much cheaper (poor man’s so-to-speak) cut of meat, a chuck roast. The process is the same. Smoke for hours, cut into pieces, add a bit of sauce, and smoke some more. That’s it. Every bite just falls apart. Great by themselves, on a roll as a sandwich, or my favorite, served over cheesy grits.

Poor Man's Burnt Ends

You do not want to use a heavy, thick BBQ sauce when making poor man’s burnt ends. Use a milder sauce that doesn’t have a lot of sugar or molasses. Less is definitely more. You can always add sauce to them when you serve them.

You can also just smoke a chuck roast as you would any other large piece of meat, such as a pork shoulder or butt. It makes for the perfect shredded beef sandwich. Check out my post on smoked chuck roast here.

Poor Man's Burnt Ends
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Poor Man’s Burnt Ends

Burnt ends are an absolute treat that I only get to enjoy on occasion. They’re normally made from the point of a beef brisket, smoked low-and-slow for hours and hours. But, you can get that same magical tender juicy beefy bite using a much cheaper (poor man’s so-to-speak) cut of meat, a chuck roast. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, smoked
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 204kcal
Author Mike

Instructions

  • FIre up your smoker for 225 F cooking. Use a few chunks of hickory or a lighter wood.
  • Season the chuck on all sides with the rub and place onto the smoker.
  • Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 185 F.
  • Carefully remove the chuck and wrap in foil. Let rest on your counter for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chuck roast from the foil and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Cut into 3/4″ cubes and place into a disposable aluminum pan.
  • Lightly (very lightly!) drizzle the meat with the BBQ sauce. You just want the flavor from the sauce. Toss gently to coat.
  • Sprinkle with more of the rub and return to the smoker for 1 1/2 more hours.
  • Devour.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcal | Protein: 22g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 376mg | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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