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Mar 11, 2009 08:33 AM

ISO BBQ Burnt Ends near Athens, GA

I know pork is king in Georgia BBQ but is there a place near Athens, GA, that serves burnt ends?

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  1. Good luck - you're better off making your own.

    Because pork is so prevalent, you're not going to get much brisket and because there isn't much brisket, you're not going to find burnt ends in any significant quantity... certainly not enough quantity to put them on many menus.

    My best suggestion is to simply ask the folks behind the counter if they have them available by special request. If they stare back at you blankly, you will be better off just ordering the pork sandwich. ;-)

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Thanks for the candid advice. My brother-in-law, who lives in Athens, is kosher and, therefore, won't eat pork. We've discovered Smokin' Po Boys in Winder, which makes excellent smoked chicken but it would be nice to have the option of burnt ends.

    2. My best guess is Jot 'Em Down. They had great Carolina-style pork back on the East Side, don't know about since their move. Gotta get there soon.

      1. What are "burnt ends" exactly? I thought they had something to do with ribs, but the other responses sound like it is a part of a brisket? Thanks!

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        1. re: carolinadawg

          Outside brown. I have no idea why brisket was mentioned. Or "burnt ends".

          Around here, BBQ is pork, baby.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            Burnt ends are the ends of a smoked brisket. The concept and presentation is similar to pulled pork.

            1. re: Velda Mae

              Actually,"burnt ends" is very popular in KCMO.

              They used to be given away, where you pay ,at the end of the counter at Arthur Bryant's.

              They are so popular now,that you can buy cases of brisket points ,to prepare as a menu item.

              The packer brisket has two main parts.

              The lean flat,which is usually served sliced.

              The point ,essentially, is the fatty piece of muscle that rests on top of the flat ,and the grains of the meat run kinda perpindicular.

              The point is often chopped for sandwiches,or may be cut into 1 inch cubes and back into the smoker ,until the fat renders and the outside carmalizes.

              Yes,,it would be very unusual to find them in the eastern pork region.


          2. There's a place in Dahlnega Ga that offers burnt ends on Fridays. the name of it is smokin gold bbq.