SPAM Burnt Ends

I’ve smoked SPAM. I’ve grilled SPAM. But I’d never made SPAM burnt ends until now. I can say without hesitation that my life is now complete. No, these aren’t beef brisket burnt ends. But believe me, they’re really good. My first bite was an ‘oh, dang!’ moment for me. Heck, yeah, give me some more!

SPAM Burnt Ends

SPAM needs a bit of seasoning. Though it’ll pick up some flavor from the smoke, it’s up to you to add the rest. I decided to take a sweet heat approach. I used a spicy BBQ rub for the seasoning. And for the sauce I used a sweet tomato-based BBQ sauce. You want a sauce that will caramelize, giving you a bit of a crust to the SPAM. The sweetness of the sauce contrasted perfectly with the spiciness of the rub.

SPAM Burnt Ends

You really can’t get any easier than SPAM burnt ends. It’s a great way to use extra space on your smoker, too!

SPAM Burnt Ends

You really can't get any easier than SPAM burnt ends. It's a great way to use extra space on your smoker, too!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 179kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for smoking 250-300 F. Use whichever wood you prefer. I used a few chunks of hickory.
  • Remove the SPAM from the tin and season heaving with the BBQ seasoning. Rub it in good, and get it everywhere. The more, the better, but don't put it on so thick that it cakes.
  • Smoke for about 1 hour or until the SPAM gets a bit of a crust on it and has turned a little darker in color.
  • Remove from the smoker and cut into 1" cubes. Brush all sides liberally with the sauce. Sprinkle lightly with more of the rub.
  • Transfer SPAM cubes to a disposable pan and return to the smoker.
  • Smoke another 30 minutes or until the sauce has started to caramelize.
  • Serve immediately

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 232mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smoked SPAM

I fired up my smoker the other day. Since I was going to smoke a big chub of bologna, I figured I might as well throw a few bricks of SPAM on there too. I haven’t had SPAM in like 100 years, and I’ve heard that smoking it makes it even better, so I figured… why not? Well, believe me, smoked SPAM is awesome!

Smoked Spam

I tried this two ways. One I just scored the SPAM and sprinkled it with Dizzy Pig Swamp Venom before putting it onto the smoker.

The other SPAM was scored in a checkerboard pattern. It expanded sort of like a Bloomin’ Onion. I then inserted some pineapple chunks and onto the smoker it went! Yum!

Also try my cedar planked SPAM and SPAM burnt ends.

I like to get my smoker going using my homemade fire starter cubes.

Smoked SPAM Two Ways

Smoked SPAM two ways!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 232kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat your smoker to 225 F.
  • Score one block of SPAM from side-to-side, about halfway through. Sprinkle with rub.
  • Score the other block in a checkerboard pattern. Sprinkle with rub.
  • Smoke for 2 hours. Insert pineapple chunks into SPAM with the checkerboard pattern.
  • Smoke another hour.
  • Slice the SPAM without the pineapple and serve on sandwiches. (You can also brown them a bit in a skillet or on the grill first).
  • Serve the SPAM with pineapple as an appetizer with crackers.

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1040mg | Potassium: 301mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.