How To Make Poor Man’s Burnt Ends At Home

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Are you craving smokey BBQ bites? If yes, then poor man’s burnt ends are the perfect recipe for you. These burnt ends are loaded with savory BBQ flavors and caramelized char. It’s an easy recipe as you don’t need to smoke the whole brisket for burnt ends. So, it gets ready in 5 hours, unlike the traditional recipe that takes 14 hours.

Burnt ends with BBQ sauce

Poor man’s burnt ends are the pieces of beef smoked and coated with BBQ sauce. Just one bite and you’d be tempted to devour it all. It just needs an accurate amount of BBQ mix, char, and sauce. So, fire up your smoker and try this recipe now.

For poor man’s burnt ends, prepare the BBQ rub by mixing brown sugar, garlic powder, white sugar, black pepper, onion powder, and smoked paprika into a bowl. Rub the mixture on the beef. Smoke it for 4 hours. Prepare BBQ sauce by mixing BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and honey. Brush this sauce over the pieces of beef and smoke it for 1 hour.

You can also use brisket or its substitutes in the recipe. To know detailed instructions, keep reading the recipe. Have a look at the video and the recipe card. I’m sure you’ll love this recipe! Please rate it and don’t forget to save it for some special occasions. But before you read out the entire recipe, check out other main course dishes from our blog.

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Poor Man's burnt ends

Poor Man’s Burnt Ends Recipe

Poor man's burnt ends are tender beef chucks dripping with delicious BBQ sauce. It's as savory as the traditional burnt ends. Try this recipe now and enjoy it.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 174 kcal


  • Pan
  • Kitchen Tongs
  • Knife
  • Large Bowl
  • Medium-Size Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Tin Foil


  • 3 pounds Chunk Roast

Beef Rub

  • 1/4 Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1.5 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon Honey


  • Take a medium-size bowl, add brown sugar, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and white sugar to it. Whisk the mixture well and rub it all over the beef.
  • Smoke the beef in a pre-heated (250 F) smoker for about 4 hours until the internal temperature of the beef reaches 165 F. Now, remove it from the smoker and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Prepare the sauce by mixing BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and honey in a bowl. Apply the sauce to the beef after cutting it into cubes. Put them in the foil pan and add more sauce to it. Stir well until it combines.
  • Place the pan back on the smoker and smoke the beef for 1 hour until the cubes get tender.


Poor Man's Burnt Ends


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 3mg
Keyword American cuisine, Beef, Poor man’s burnt ends
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