I made some poor man’s burnt ends not long ago, which really got my mojo going. So I ran out and picked up a gorgeous Wagyu beef brisket and proceeded to make the real thing, brisket burnt ends. And suddenly, all was good in the world again. Nothing compares to these in my book. Tender as you can get. Beefy good flavor. Every bite is a treat. I could (and did) eat these like popcorn. It was bordering on embarrassing. When you make them you’ll understand what I mean.
I could eat these all day long. As much as I love sliced smoked brisket, or chopped smoked brisket, these little morsels pack more flavor into every bite. And they’re really great served on a hoagie bun with lettuce and tomato as a po boy! And on top of grits???? Amazing!
I usually prefer to use fruit or nut woods when I smoke unless I want a heavier smoke flavor. Pecan, apple or cherry are my favorites. For these burnt ends I went with whiskey barrel chunks for a heavier smoke flavor.
Need to feed a crowd and want to wow them with something totally different? Try my amazing hot dog burnt ends instead.
For the brisket
For the brisket
- Rub the rub all over the brisket.
- Transfer to a resealable container or wrap in foil and refrigerate overnight.
- Fire up your smoker for cooking at 225 F. Use whatever wood you prefer. I wanted a little stronger smoke flavor than I usually opt for so I used Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel chunks. Burnt ends need a little more smoke than say sliced brisket, in my opinion.
- Transfer the brisket to the smoker and cook until the internal temperature (as measured in several spots) reaches 170 F.
- Remove the brisket and place it onto a large piece of foil.
- Combine the crutch sauce ingredients and pour over the brisket.
- Seal the brisket tightly in the foil and return to the smoker until the temperature reaches 195 F.
- Remove the brisket from the foil.
- Cut beef into 3/4″ – 1″ cubes and place into a large disposable 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 more hour.
Nutritional values are approximate.