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Aug 19, 2009 12:48 PM

Burnt Ends

Recently I saw a picture of an order of Burnt Ends from RUB in New York City.

This looks for all the world like what are known around here as Rib Tips.

Is there a difference, or is this a regional "water fountain VS bubbler" type of thing?

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  1. Burnt ends are from a smoked brisket (and are awesome) whereas rib tips are from ribs.

    1. Yuuuuum!! Burnt Ends.

      I cooked four nice packer briskets this weekend. After they are done I trim off the points. The flats get sliced at that time and the points go back on the smoker to render more fat. The resulting product is burnt ends. I usually cut them up in chunks and serve in bbq sauce, some come out so nice I slice think like a brisket. Great tailgate food.

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      1. re: duck833

        What duck833 said.

        Some cube the point and coat with more rub and add bbq sauce then put back into the smoker

      2. Burnt ends are getting popular. I know it's one of my favorites for sandwich's when I smoke a brisket. Just another good reason to only use whole brisket and not flats.

        1. As has been said, from the brisket.

          I did my first brisket on Saturday and having never had burnt ends, didn't really get what all the fuss way. Over cooked meat covered up with sauce is what I figured. Nope, they almost get like candy. It's really good.


          1. In the old days at Arthur Bryants, there was a tray to the left of the meat slicer where the ends would get thrown when the brisket was almost sliced out. One was free to take these, (but they didn't tell you it was OK)
            and along with unlimited extra wonderbread and pickles! -presto you had the next days lunch. Smoky, burnt and fat, these were everything wonderful and bad for you at the same time.
            Alas, over time they became a menu item and then spread all around KC. (and beyond),
            but it isn't the same.