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Traeger Burnt Ends

Are you looking for an easy and delicious way to make the perfect barbecue? Look no further than this Traeger burnt ends recipe! This recipe is a crowd-pleaser and it’s sure to be a hit with family and friends at your next gathering. Not only is it simple to make, but the taste is unbeatable. Traeger burnt ends are richly flavored – the perfect dish for any barbecue enthusiast.

Traeger burnt ends

How to smoke burnt ends in Traeger grill

To get started, you’ll need to select the part of the brisket that is well marbled with fat which is called the brisket point. The fattier the brisket, the more flavor and juiciness the burnt ends will have.

Once you’ve chosen the right cut of meat, trim off any excess fat and season generously with your favorite rub.

For a smoky flavor, add some hickory wood chips to the Traeger grill. Preheat the grill to 250°F and then place the brisket in the grill. Smoke until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Once brisket has reached the 165°F temperature, cut the meat into 2 inch thick cubes. Place the cubes in an aluminum pan and add in the beef broth. Cover pan with foil and continue to smoke for another 2 hours.

Uncover the pan and add in your favorite sweet BBQ sauce and let it cook for additional 1 hour or until BBQ sauce starts to caramelize.

Type of brisket to use

Firstly, you’ll want to select a brisket which has a good amount of fat marbling throughout the meat – this will help the meat stay juicy and flavourful during the cooking process. If you have access to getting brisket point which is also called deckle, this is ideal for making burnt ends as it is the fatty portion of the brisket.

It’s also important to consider the size of the brisket – if you select a larger cut, you’ll need to adjust your cooking time accordingly. The most popular type of brisket you can buy is a packer cut brisket, which includes both the flat and point cuts of the beef. You will have to separate the flat and point sections.

Traeger burnt ends pork belly

What rub seasoning to use

To create the perfect brisket burnt ends, you’ll want to select a rub that has a sweet, smoky flavor. One of the most popular rubs for brisket burnt ends is a combination of chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and brown sugar. This mixture gives your brisket burnt ends a sweet and smoky flavor.

For this recipe, you can use any store bought BBQ rub that you prefer.

What bbq sauce to use

If you want to achieve the perfect blend of sweetness and smokiness for your brisket burnt ends, you need to choose the right BBQ sauce. The most popular types of sauces to use for brisket burnt ends are tomato-based with a hint of sweetness. This type of BBQ sauce will add flavor and moisture to the ends without overpowering them.

For an extra kick of flavor, try adding molasses or brown sugar to the BBQ sauce. You can also add some mustard-based sauce to give your brisket burnt ends a tangy taste. Finally, you can top it off with a spicy sauce for a hint of heat.

What side dish to serve

If you’re wondering what kind of sides to serve with burnt ends, the possibilities are endless. From classic sides like potato salad and coleslaw, to more creative dishes like mac and cheese or a loaded baked potato, you can find something to suit everyone’s tastes.

When it comes to sides, it’s important to balance out the smoky, savory flavors of burnt ends with something that can provide an acidic contrast. Try adding some tangy pickles, or a light, refreshing salad made with citrus fruits, herbs, and vegetables.

For those who like their sides a little sweeter, try serving some cornbread or a sweet fruit cobbler. Whatever you choose, make sure your side dishes have plenty of flavor and texture to complement the deliciousness of your burnt ends.

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What to do with leftovers

If you find yourself with some leftovers after a delicious meal, there are plenty of recipes that can help you transform these burnt ends into something new and exciting. Start by cutting the burnt ends into small cubes, and then sauté them in a pan with some oil, garlic, and onions.

You can also use these cubes to make a flavorful sandwich spread; simply mix together the chopped burnt ends with mayonnaise, mustard, and pickles for a unique twist on the classic deli sandwich.

For a more decadent dish, try adding your leftover burnt ends to mac and cheese for a smokey flavor. You can also chop them up and add them to tacos for an extra layer of flavor.

Finally, try making your own BBQ sauce by simmering the burnt ends with some tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. With these ideas, you’ll be able to transform your leftover burnt ends into something that’s sure to please everyone!

Traeger Burnt Ends

Make your BBQ shine with this mouthwatering Traeger Burnt Ends Recipe! Tender, juicy and full of flavor, it's sure to become a summer favorite.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours


  • 5 lbs Brisket Point
  • 1/2 cup Your favorite BBQ rub
  • 1/2 cup Beef broth
  • 1 cup Your favorite sweet BBQ sauce


  1. Trim excess fat off the brisket point. If you bought a packer cut, separate the point section from the flat. We'll be using the point of the brisket for this recipe.

  2. Preheat the smoker to 250°F and add your favorite wood chips or pellets.

  3. Generously season the brisket with your favorite BBQ rub. Make sure you cover with rub on all sides.

  4. Place the brisket in the smoker and smoke for 4-5 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

  5. Remove the brisket from the smoker and slice into 2 inch cubes. Place the cubes in an aluminum foil and pour in the beef broth. Cover the pan with aluminum foil.

  6. Place back the pan in the smoker and let it cook for additional 2 hours.

  7. Remove the pan from the smoker and add in 1 cup of your favorite sweet BBQ sauce. Place back in the smoker and let it smoke for another 1 hour or until the BBQ sauce has caramelized.

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