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