Bacon Wrapped Burnt Ends

by Erin

Everything is better wrapped in bacon, even something that’s already stinking delicious like brisket burnt ends. It’s a magical thing.
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This post has been compensated by Marsh Ideas and its advertiser, Curly’s BBQ. All opinions are mine alone.

I know what you’re thinking. Erin, why didn’t you share this BEFORE yesterday so we could all enjoy it while watching the final game of the season for pro football? I know, I know, we did just spent last night digging into the best of the best game day food. But while football season may be over, never fear there’s still plenty of game day food in our future as the finale of the college basketball season will soon be upon us! Even if you’re not into sports, surely you can cheer for the food.

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If you didn’t already know of my love for BBQ, well now you know. I grew up in a town that had surprisingly great BBQ for upstate NY and then later went to grad school in Memphis – you know that place with the BBQ. As such I have sought out BBQ anywhere I go and I am totally loving this new line of BBQ from Curly’s called RoadTrip Eats, located in the refrigerated meat case at the grocery store. You can take your taste buds on a RoadTrip to Rio Grande for pulled pork & chorizo sausage, to the West Coast for IPA-based pulled pork, and to Kansas City for seasoned brisket burnt ends. Which is where my journey begins.

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Obviously this recipe utilized the brisket burnt ends, which oddly enough I don’t think I’ve ever had before. But man are they magical! I could’ve eaten them straight up but decided to restrain myself for bigger things. I wrapped them in bacon guys! This recipe is stupid easy too. All you do is wrap the burnt ends with pieces of bacon, secure, bake, drizzle with the leftover BBQ sauce, and bake some more until the bacon is nice and crispy. Like I said, even if you aren’t into the sports thing, I’d like to see you not get into these.

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Five years ago: Lighter Pizza Dip


Makes 64 pieces


1 (16 oz.) pkg. Curly’s Kansas City style seasoned brisket burnt ends

16 slices of bacon, cut into fourths crosswise


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. As best as you can, separate the burnt ends from the BBQ sauce, reserving the sauce for later.
  3. Wrap bacon around 2 burnt end pieces and secure with a toothpick. Place in a 9×13-inch baking pan. Repeat with remaining burnt ends and bacon.
  4. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Remove and spoon over BBQ sauce. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes, or until bacon is crispy.
  5. Drain grease and serve.

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jean vasicek February 13, 2017 - 7:42 am


Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery February 8, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Yesss — I am so ready for March Madness, and these look like the perfect snack to settle in for an entire day of basketball. How do we make meat better? Wrap it in MORE MEAT!

spiffycookie February 8, 2017 - 2:43 pm

Exactly! You get me ;-)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan February 7, 2017 - 3:56 pm

I love bite size appetizers for parties and this one is so perfect. Since I don’t eat meat I am not familiar with the flavor but have heard often that everything tastes better with bacon. So I am sure this is a winner recipe!

spiffycookie February 7, 2017 - 4:23 pm

Thanks you Sandhya! They are definitely great for any occasion.

Manila Spoon February 7, 2017 - 3:30 pm

This is such a fabulously yummy idea!!! We love burnt ends in the Philippines so my relatives will love this knowing they can use them again for something delicious! Love it!

spiffycookie February 7, 2017 - 4:22 pm

You must try them!

Thanh | Eat, Little Bird February 7, 2017 - 8:35 am

I think I need to brush up on my American lingo! ;-) I’m not quite sure what “brisket burnt ends” are, but I know that anything wrapped in bacon can only be good! :-)

valmg @ From Val's Kitchen February 6, 2017 - 10:16 pm

I’ve never heard of brisket burnt ends before. But I have heard of bacon and I sure do like it!

spiffycookie February 7, 2017 - 7:58 am

Haha that’s more than enough to know it’ll be delicious!

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures February 6, 2017 - 9:48 pm

This looks incredible! Yum!

Kathy McDaniel February 6, 2017 - 9:40 pm

No worries! It doesn’t have to be game night for me to make this delicious dish! Sounds perfect and I am sure my family will love it too. Love bacon everything!!!!

Dene' V. Alexander February 6, 2017 - 8:31 pm

Burnt ends is really a thing? I have never heard of them before. I am from Texas and BBQ is pretty much king down there. BBQ to us pretty much means brisket! LOL These look great a game day snack!!

spiffycookie February 7, 2017 - 7:59 am

Weird, burnt ends are actually the crispy ends of brisket! I hope you find some and try them out cause they are delicious morsels.

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way February 6, 2017 - 3:42 pm

I all of us food bloggers should deem on Sunday a month Super Sunday and indulge in all of the good foods we dream up for the super bowl. Why wait for just once a year. These bites look amazing. Do you have any left? I can send my address!

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 3:45 pm

Wouldn’t that be glorious? And there are definitely none of these left, they went fast!

Stephanie@ApplesforCJ February 6, 2017 - 2:39 pm

I’ve never heard of burnt ends. But I agree you need good food anytime of year..not just sporting events. This sounds like a recipe my bacon loving daughter would love.

Jolina February 6, 2017 - 1:37 pm

No truer words were spoken…everything IS better with bacon! :) These look amazing, like, I-can-eat-a-dozen amazing. And I don’t mind that it’s after the game, this kind of deliciousness doesn’t need an event to be made!

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 1:39 pm

Heck yea! Thanks Jolina.

Byron Thomas February 6, 2017 - 11:50 am

Burnt ends? Why does that sounds so freaking delicious? :) I swear, the United States has everything when it comes to prepared food. Whenever I visit there, I keep wishing I had a cooler to pack things into for the plane right back. I guess I’ll have to make my burnt ends from scratch first. Looks delish!

Megan Marlowe February 6, 2017 - 11:05 am

If this is the easiest and most delicious looking appetizer I don’t know what is. This would be perfect for game day or a cocktail party. I’ll be sure to remember this recipe (already pinned!) next time I’m planning a party menu.

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 11:10 am

Thanks Megan! Sometimes the best things are the simplest ;-)

Sarah @ Champagne Tastes February 6, 2017 - 10:47 am

I’ve never heard of brisket burnt ends! Interesting! I’m pretty sure the husband would LOVE this- he loves bacon!!

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 11:09 am

Just imagine little bits of brisket wrapped in bacon and covered in BBQ sauce… Mmmm

Tina Marie February 6, 2017 - 10:44 am

Wow! These look amazingly delicious! Football may be over, but making this tasty looking snack will be on my list for family game night.

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 11:15 am

Definitely great for game night!

Susan February 6, 2017 - 10:32 am

I’ve never heard of brisket burnt ends before, and I don’t think the ends of my briskets burn when I cook brisket… strange concept, I’m sure the bacon makes them better, especially if it’s applewood smoked bacon. :-)

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 11:09 am

I had heard of them before but had never had them until now. They are as good as the rumors say! And yes bacon makes everything better.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 6, 2017 - 8:51 am

ohmygawwwwd. Brisket burnt ends are TOO GOOD and now they’re all bacon wrapped like whaaaaaaa

spiffycookie February 6, 2017 - 11:08 am

Dude, they’re so good!


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