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BBQ Pork Belly Burnt Ends

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Sweet and tangy grilled pork belly burnt ends are a delicious dish perfect for BBQ parties and gatherings. These pork ends are coated with a special dry rub and BBQ sauce, then smoked to perfection.

BBQ pork burnt ends in a pan next to baked beans
the perfect summer recipe

This BBQ pork burnt ends recipe is easy to follow and the perfect recipe for any cookout. Serve it up with your favorite sides at your next outdoor party.

crispy burnt ends

What are burnt ends?

Burnt ends are a boneless meat cut that is grilled or smoked in such a way that the cooking temperatures are increased after intervals.

As a result, the meat first cooks to perfection, and then the fat is cooked at such a high temperature that it turns into crispy goodness. The top also gets slightly burned in the process, but it is edible and aids in flavor. 

ingredients for burnt ends
burnt ends ingredients

essential ingredients

  • Pork belly-The main ingredient for this recipe is pork belly. The reason for choosing pork belly is that it is high in fat. Since we need boneless meat, and we want the dish to have a crispy texture, make sure you choose a cut that is high in fat. It is essential for flavor and texture. 
  • Brown sugar– The sweetness of this dish comes from brown sugar. It has a rich, sweet, and slightly bitter caramel-like flavor which works just fine. Plus, as the sugar caramelizes, you get the burnt ends you like.
  • Dry rub– contains smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder.

how to grill burnt ends

Follow these simple instructions for grilling and smoking pork burnt ends.

instructions for grilling burnt ends

Before you begin, don’t forget to soak your wood chips (optional, for added flavor).

  1. Massage dry rub on the pork belly and let it marinate. 
  2. With the lid closed, place the meat on the grill for about 2 hours. Add the meat on the new aluminum foil using tongs and increase the temperature to 550 degrees F. let it cook for another hour.
  3. Remove the tinfoil and pour a mixture of BBQ sauce and brown sugar over it. Also, add butter.
  4. Cover the tinfoil and let it cook for 20 more minutes at 575 degrees F.
BBQ burnt ends in a pan


  • Choose a nice piece of pork belly or brisket that is fatty.  It will cook up nice and crispy.
  • You can make your own homemade BBQ sauce instead.
  • The best part of burnt ends is how crispy they get from the fat rendering down.  Make sure and choose a cut that is high fat.
platter with burnt ends next to forks

best seasonings for burnt ends

For this recipe, we used the following ingredients for our pork belly rub. We also added wood chips to give smokiness to the grilled pork belly. You can use applewood chips or any other you like. 

  • Smoked paprika: It not just adds heat to the grilled pork belly but also adds a smoky flavor which is very tasteful.
  • Chili powder: You always need heat and spice to balance out the sweetness, and what better ingredient to add than chili powder. You can also use cayenne pepper. 
  • Garlic powder/onion powder: It adds tons of flavor to the dish. You get savory and garlicky goodness.
  • BBQ sauce: It adds so much flavor to this pork belly dish. You get sweetness, tanginess and a spicy flavor. I have usedSweet baby ray’s BBQ sauce, but you can use any brand you like. Plus, you can also use homemade BBQ sauce for this recipe.
  • Butter: It adds a buttery and rich flavor to the dish. 
piece of bbq burnt ends on a fork
sticky, sweet and tangy


Which meat cut is best for burnt ends?

A pork belly meat cut, whether pork or beef, is the best choice for burnt ends. Also, make sure it is fatty. 

Can I make burnt ends in the oven?

Making burnt ends in the oven is very easy. Simply marinate the pork belly, and roast it in the oven for about 3 hours at 325 degrees F. now take it out, cut it into equal bite-size pieces and roast again at 400 degrees F until you see bunt ends on each piece. 

tin pan with burnt ends

What to serve with burnt ends?

Here are a few ideas on what to serve with burnt ends:

storing leftovers

Place the leftover dish in an airtight container and refrigerate. You can store it for up to 5 days and reheat it in the air fryer or oven to enjoy!

grilled burnt ends in a pan next to baked beans

BBQ Burnt Ends

Crisp, sticky pork belly burnt ends grilled to perfection.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 14
Calories: 749kcal
Author: Amber



  • Place the wood chips in a bowl of water for 10 to 30 minutes, then remove and place them in a  tinfoil package, leaving the top open.  
  • Heat the grill or smoker to 250°.  If using a grill, only use one side of the grill for the heat. Place the wood chips over the heated side.
  • Use a disposable tinfoil pan, or line a pan with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Place the meat in a large bowl.
  • Combine the brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper. 
  • Coat the meat in the rub, pressing on all sides.  Place the meat on a cookie rack and place in the smoker or on the side of the grill opposite the fire.
  • Close the lid and cook/smoke for 2 hours.
  • Using tongs, place the meat in the tinfoil pan.  Raise the heat to 290° and place the pan back on the grill away from the heat side.  Close the lid and cook for an additional hour.
  • Remove the pan and combine the BBQ sauce and brown sugar, then pour over the meat, coating well.  Add slices of butter around the meat.  Cover with tinfoil.
  • Place the pan in the grill directly over the heat and turn the heat up to 305°.  Cook for 20 more minutes.


  • Choose a nice piece of pork belly that is fatty.  It will cook up nice and crispy.
  • You can make your own homemade BBQ sauce instead.
  • The best part of burnt ends is how crispy they get from the fat rendering down.  Make sure and choose a cut that is high fat.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Calories: 749kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 32g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 2254mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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