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Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends Recipe

Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends are super tender, juicy bites full of smoky flavor. Made from the same meat as bacon, these pork burnt ends incorporate a highly popular dry rub. Inspired by the magical and delish beef burnt end, this pork belly version is bursting with flavor and very easy to make.
Course Appetizer, bbq, bbq sauce
Cuisine barbecue, bbq, pork
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 1657kcal
Cost $25


For the Pork Belly Burnt Ends:

  • 5 pound pork belly, sliced into cubes
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dry rub, see notes for our favorite

For the Sauce:


  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit using fruit wood (we used cherry for color and sweeter flavor).
  • Trim excess skin and fat off the pork belly and slice into 2 inch cubes and place into a large bowl. Add olive oil and dry rub liberally and mix with your hands. Place cubes onto a wire rack or directly on the smoker.
  • Smoke uncovered for three hours. Look for a darker red color and a modest bark develop.
  • Remove the pork belly cubes from the smoker and place into a foil pan and then add your BBQ sauce, butter, and honey, and stir. Next cover the pan with aluminum foil and place back on the smoker.
  • Cook for an additional 90 minutes or until the internal temperature (IT) of the pork belly is roughly 200 – 203 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the foil, close the lid to the smoker, and smoke for another 15 minutes to let the sauce thicken up.
  • Remove from smoker and serve.



Buying Guide - When buying pork belly consider the entire slab for a large crowd and trim it down. Be sure skin is removed prior to buying to avoid paying for the extra weight. If a smaller crowd, be sure to buy the center cut for the equal amounts of marbling.
Oven Modification - To modify for the oven follow the same directions of slowly cooking in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit, then covering with sauce, and finishing as the recipe suggests.
Timing - Plan 5 hours for the cooking process and 15 minutes uncovered to let them finish. You can prepare these the day before and just reheat them when you want to eat.
Reheating - If you have leftovers, be sure to save the sauce and juices it is sitting in and store in the refrigerator. The sauce will harden up.
To reheat, pre-heat an oven or the smoker to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pork belly and all the juices it’s in into an oven safe dish and cover in foil. Reheat until it’s warm and the sauce has liquefied. About 20 minutes.


Calories: 1657kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 161g | Saturated Fat: 59g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5mg