Pork Belly Burnt Ends

 Pork Belly Burnt Ends

We have been known for our Pork Belly Burnt Ends since 2014. This is an updated 2022 recipe where we leverage some learnings from our buddy Travis Heim, owner of Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth, where he uses a pan to cook the pork belly confit style to make his famous Bacon Burnt Ends. We also mixed up some flavors from our other pork belly recipe on meatchurch.com as there are so many great pork options in the Meat Church arsenal of seasonings.

Video for this recipe: https://youtu.be/iHP1RNdHmQs

  • 1/2 skinless pork belly
  • Meat Church Honey Hog
  • Your fav sweet BBQ  sauce
  • Peachy Peach Texas Pepper Jelly Rib Candy (sub your fav flavor)
  • 1 sheet pan
  • 1 disposable aluminum steam pan
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Optional Cowboy Candied Jalapeños recipe: http://bit.ly/candyjalapenos

Prepare your Smoker
Prepare your smoker at a temperature of 250 degrees. I recommend oak, hickory, pecan or a fruit wood. We used a Traeger Timberline XL in this video.

Trim the Pork Belly
Cube the pork belly into 1” x 1” cubes.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Season the Pork Belly
Seasoning the pork belly cubes liberally on all sides with Honey Hog.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Allow the rub to adhere on all sides for 15 - 30 minutes. You can even do this the day prior and allow them to rest in the fridge.
Smoke the Pork Belly
Place the pork belly fat-side down on the sheet pan.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Place that tray in the smoker.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Depending on what type of smoker you are using you may want to spritz with apple cider vinegar a couple times during the cook if they are drying out. I did not spritz in this video

Cook the pork belly until they feel tender with your Instant Read Thermometer. That is typically around 195 internal which took 3 1/2 hours in this cook.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Finish the Burnt Ends
Place the pork belly in the 1/2 aluminum pan.

Toss with a 2:1 mixture of your favorite BBQ sauce and Texas Pepper Rib Candy. We used Peachy Peach this time. You can substitute a couple tablespoons of pepper jelly or jam from the grocery store to help you obtain a sweet\heat flavor profile. 

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Toss the pork belly in the BBQ sauce and rib candy thoroughly.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Return the pan (uncovered) to the smoker and until the pork belly is caramelized to your liking.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

That took 45 minutes in this video. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Traeger Timberline XL
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