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Kansas City Style Burnt Ends by Meat Church

There is a lot of cloudy history on original BBQ recipes because the cooking style is so old, appeared in so many places at once and pioneered by so many traditionally overlooked people. Culinary historians can probably spend half their lives tracking down archaic recipe records and word of mouth stories contesting original cooking techniques. But when it comes to burnt ends, the history is pretty clear, as Matt Pittman of Meat Church can attest here:

“Brisket burnt ends are the holy grail of BBQ in my opinion. Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City originated this amazing BBQ treat and we are happy to show you our take on it.” 

Kansas City Style Burnt Ends

Ingredients for Cooking Kansas City Style Burnt Ends

Primary preparation

Prepare your smoker at a temperature of 275°. You should probably use a heavier smoking wood for this cook such as oak, hickory, mesquite or pecan.

Butchering the Brisket

Trim the excess fat and silver skin from the brisket. Also, remove any “hard” pieces of fat as they will not render off during the cooking process. Trim the fat off the bottom of the brisket leaving only ¼ in (6 mm) fat.

A brisket is comprised of two muscles; the point (the fat end) and the flat (the lean end). In order to be able to cook brisket burnt ends you need to butcher the brisket a bit more than you would for a traditional packer. Therefore, after your traditional brisket butchering, you need to start to separate the flat from the point. In short, you want to remove the fat layer between the point and the flat. Using a sharp boning knife expose the point meat so it can absorb smoke. You don’t have to completely separate the muscles.

For smoking instructions and finishing the cook, jump over to the Meat Church site to get the details!

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