Kansas City-Style Burnt Ends Recipe

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  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 6 tbsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 (10 to 12 lb whole, packer trim beef brisket


  1. Sift all of the rub ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Trim all the hard fat from the brisket. Trim all the soft fat to 1/4-inch. Prepare a smoker or a grill, following manufacturers directions. Stabilize the temperature at 220 degrees F. Use a mild wood such as hickory or cherry for the smoke flavor. Generously cover all sides of the brisket with the rub and gently massage it in. Reserve the leftover rub. Smoke the meat for about 1 hour per pound. For example, a 10 pound brisket may need to smoke for about 10 or more hours. Monitor the internal temperature. When the brisket reaches 170 to 185 degrees F, on an instant-read thermometer, in the flat part of the brisket, remove the brisket from the smoker.
  3. Separate the point of the meat from the flat. At this time you can slice the flat part of the brisket and eat. Trim the visible fat from the brisket point and coat it with the reserved rub. Return the meat to the smoker and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the brisket point reaches 200 degrees F. Remove the brisket from the smoker to a cutting board and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Cut into chunks and transfer them to a serving platter. Serve it hot with your favorite sauce on the side.
  4. Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 185.36 Kcal (776 kJ)
Calories from fat 14.44 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.6g 2%
Sodium 5743.4mg 239%
Potassium 327.91mg 7%
Total Carbs 44.64g 15%
Sugars 34g 136%
Dietary Fiber 4.38g 18%
Protein 2.43g 5%
Vitamin C 1.1mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Calcium 88.2mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 276.71 Kcal (1159 kJ)
Calories from fat 21.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.39g 2%
Sodium 8573.76mg 239%
Potassium 489.51mg 7%
Total Carbs 66.64g 15%
Sugars 50.76g 136%
Dietary Fiber 6.53g 18%
Protein 3.63g 5%
Vitamin C 1.7mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 4%
Iron 5.1mg 19%
Calcium 131.6mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3
  • 5

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free,
  • high fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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