Pork Belly Burnt Ends

(Last Updated On: August 2, 2020)

Pork Belly Burnt Ends:  Tender and smoky, these literally melt in your mouth. Everyone always begs for the recipe!

This main dish goes great alongside sides like pasta salad or Mexican Street Corn Salad.

pork belly burnt ends

Burnt Ends may sound like something you’d toss to the togs, but these tender morsels are a true BBQ delicacy. Make them for your next BBQ and watch them disappear!

What are Burnt Ends?

Burnt ends are considered a delicacy of barbecue.  They are made from a touch piece of meat smothered in BBQ sauce. This delicious treat started in Kansas City, and can now be found all over the country. These Poor Man’s Burnt Ends are made from pork belly which is much cheaper than a full brisket.  These burnt ends can be used on sandwiches, nachos, and even in baked beans.

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Ingredients For Burnt Ends

  • Pork Belly: Pork belly is a section of meat that unsurprisingly comes from the hog’s belly. It comes from an area of the underside after the loin and the spareribs have been removed.  You know it is going to be delicious as it comes from the same part of the pig as bacon!It is a cut of meat that is not normally served fresh. It tends to be smoked or cured. It is used in cooking as well as it gives great flavor to other dishes.
  • Olive Oil
  • Dry Rub: I’ll list the ingredients for the one I used below. Your favorite dry rub homemade or store bought can be substituted.
  • BBQ Sauce: I like Sweet Baby Rays best. Homemade BBQ sauce is also fantastic with these.

For the Dry Rub

  • Brown sugar: I live a sweet and spicy combination.
  • Salt
  • Smoked Paprika: Made from smoked peppers, it has a unique flavor different from standard paprika.
  • Black Pepper, Cumin, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper: Adjust to your tastes if you like it spicier/milder.

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How To Make Pork Belly Burnt Ends on the Grill

  1.  For the dry rub: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Prep Work: Preheat grill. Place pork belly on foil and rub olive oil and dry rub all over it. Wrap in foil.
  3. Cook Time #1:  Cook for 4 hours. Remove, and slice.
  4. Cook Time #2: Coat with BBQ sauce, and cook for around 45 more minutes.


pork belly burnt ends recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do They Last?

When stored properly in the refrigerator this pork belly burnt ends recipe will last about three days. Be sure to store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap.

Can You Freeze Them?

When you have pork burnt ends leftover you can always freeze them.  Be sure to store the meat in an airtight container that can fit in a freezer bag. Or you can just use a freezer bag. Freezer bags are a great option because it lays flat and you can write  the name/date directly on the bag.

How Do I Reheat Them?

When reheating this recipe, I like to use the oven or stovetop. Reheat with extra barbecue sauce for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.

What To Serve With Burnt Ends

Here are some great side that will taste amazing with your pork belly burnt ends.

Of course, this dish also goes great with a side of vegetables such as carrots, green beans or broccoli. A side salad would work too. Finally, consider serving the burnt ends up on a fresh toasted roll ,and eat it as a sandwich with fries or chips.

smoked pork belly burnt ends

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Pork Belly Burnt Ends
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword BBQ, Easy, Grilled
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 People
Calories 914kcal
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  • 4 Pounds Pork Belly
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Dry Rub Recipe Below
  • BBQ Sauce If Desired

For the Dry Rub


For the Dry Rub

  • In a medium bowl, combine all dry rub ingredients.

For the Pork Belly

  • Preheat grill to 250 degrees F. Trim excess fat and skin from the meat.
  • Place pork in tin foil. Drizzle olive oil , and rub generously with spice rub. Wrap up in foil.
  • Cook for about 4 hours.
  • Slice into ~4 inch strips. Coat with BBQ sauce.
  • Cook for another 45-60 minutes.


Calories: 914kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 85g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 4773mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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