Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends

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Take yourself to flavour town with these smoked pork belly burnt ends. This is a simple, delicious recipe that will have you coming back for more. Smoke these pork burnt ends on your Traeger or another smoker.

*Knock knock*

It’s your taste buds.

They want to know why you haven’t made these Pork Belly Burnt Ends yet.

Seriously. Do you, your taste buds, and your real buds a favour, and make this meat candy ASAP!

This pork belly burnt ends recipe is dedicated to meat candy.

A smoked burnt end on a fork.

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Tips + Tricks

No. 1 –> Cut these burnt ends bigger than you think you should. We like to dice them in approximately 1″ cubes. They will render down slightly and turn into a two bite treat.

No. 2 –> Slightly freeze your pork belly. This is a great way to keep it from slip-squishing while you’re cutting. Just like we do with smoked beef jerky!

No. 3 –> Some people also spritz – I also don’t. One of the things I like about this recipe is that it’s a quick dice and on the smoker to be ignored for 2.5 – 3 hours. No shame here I got stuff on the go!

No. 4 –> Use store-bought rub, if you want. I find it to be more expensive, so I prefer to make my own rubs.

No. 5 –> We all know bacon is the greatest food ever invented, but these Traeger pork belly burnt ends are in my top 2 smoked pork belly recipes. You’ll wanna save at least some of that belly to make these!

Pork belly cubes in the sauce before cooking.


This pork burnt ends recipe is a simple one, and you’re likely to have all the ingredients in the pantry!

How to make

  1. Before you start, start your smoker according to the manufacturer’s directions. Set temperature to 225f.
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with foil, and place underneath the pork belly cubes. I use a full-size chafer for this. This step is optional but helps with clean up.
  3. Slice the pork belly into 1″ strips, and then cut those strips into 1″ cubes. Bonus points if you freeze the pork belly for 30 or so minutes before cutting – this can make it a lot less squishy.
  4. Mix the rub ingredients in a medium to large bowl. (Or if using store-bought, measure about 1 cup of rub into the bowl.)
  5. Toss the pork belly cubes in the rub until they are completely coated. I like to work in batches to ensure even coverage.
  6. Place the pork belly cubes on the smoker – you can use a wire rack, but the 1″ cubes are unlikely to fall through the grill, so we just place directly on the grill. * Use a wire rack if you plan on making ahead – saves a step!*
  7. Smoke the pork burnt ends at 225f for 2.5 – 3 hours until the bark is nice and dark.
  8. Combine the butter, honey, and your favourite BBQ sauce in a smoker friendly pan. I like to use a half-size chafing dish for this.
  9. Return to smoker and cook at 250f for 30 minutes covered, and another 30 or so minutes uncovered. Cook until the sauce has thickened and the sugars have caramelized.
  10. Let the burnt ends sit for 15 minutes before digging in!
A cross section of the pork belly after being smoked.

Make ahead

We LOVE smoked pork belly burnt ends in this house – we also love to share them with company, and unfortunately, sometimes when company comes we don’t have the 4 hours on hand to make these little meat candy bombs.

Here’s what I do:

  • Smoke the burnt ends at 225f for 3 hours, or until the bark is as dark and flavourful as I like it.
  • Remove the burnt ends from the smoker, and cool on a wire rack until room temperature.
  • Transfer the burnt ends to a ziplock bag, and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Proceed with the rest of the recipe. (Usually, I’m able to sneak my pan onto the smoker with whatever else we have on there!)

Got Leftovers?

Surprisingly, these little pork burnt ends reheat really well in the microwave. But I find they are best if placed in a pan, with a little (1/4 cup) water stirred in to thin out the sauce a bit and reheated at 250f until hot throughout. The water will re-evaporate and leave your sauce perfect.

A pile of saucy pork belly burnt ends in a white dish.

Pellet Smoker – This recipe owes everything to the low and slow smokey deliciousness of a smoker. We use and love our Traeger Timberline pellet smoker. This amazing backyard cooker transitioned us from a non-smoking family to unabashed smokers – with no desire to ever quit. You can get a Timberline from Williams Sonoma, or an Ironwood from Amazon.

Boning knife – We use our Victorinox boning knife for everything, and I’ll tell you, that puppy slices right through this pork belly better than any other knife we’ve got!

Chafing pans – I go on and on about these in all my recipes, but you gotta hear me out. Chafing pans are cheap, and stainless steel. I don’t have to worry about staining or otherwise damaging any of my bakeware on the smoker. Plus they’re soooo easy to clean.

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A smoked burnt end on a fork.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends Recipe

Allyson Letal
Dig into these smoked pork belly burnt ends. They are smoky, tender, sweet, and delicious all in one package. if you're after burnt ends, you'll love these.
4.50 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 782 kcal


  • 3 lbs skinless pork belly


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika



  • Preheat your smoker to 225f according to manufacturers’ directions. Wrap a large baking sheet or full chafer pan with tin foil and place it beneath where you’ll put the pork belly cubes.
  • Slice 3 lbs skinless pork belly into 1" slices, and then into 1" cubes. If you find the pork belly to be too squishy, pop it in the freezer for like 30 minutes – until its semi-frozen.
  • Add 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons paprika, and 2 teaspoons cumin powder in a medium or large bowl. Give it a good whisk till it's completely combined.
  • Working in batches, add pork cubes to the rub, stir them until they are fully coated – then transfer to a wire rack if you’re using, or place on a tray to transport to the smoker.
  • Place your wire rack on the smoker, or place the cubes right on the grill. Close the lid and smoke at 225f for 3 hours, or until the bark is firm and the fat has slightly rendered and dripped into the pan below.
  • Mix ½ cup honey, 4 tablespoons butter and 1 cup BBQ Sauce in a smoker friendly pan – I like to use my half size chafer pan.
  • Use your tongs to pick up the pork belly and place it in your pan. Give the works a good stir till all the meat cubes are coated. Cover the pan in with tinfoil.
  • Increase the heat on your smoker to 250f. Smoke covered for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover the pork belly burnt ends, and smoke for another 30 minutes.
  • Let your pork belly rest for 15 minutes before digging in!


Serving: 1gCalories: 782kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 11gFat: 64gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 707mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 355IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I cooked them longer then was called for just not intentional but wow these were great!! Dont think you can mess these up. Every one was eaten and the extra sauce was used for dipping tacos in. There are a keeper for sure.

  2. Can the pieces touch each other on the smoker or do they have to have space around them to get crisp? I made waaaay more than my Traeger will hold

  3. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe for the first time about a month ago. I’m 76 years old. I’ve always wanted to try burnt ends. This recipe of yours was the first one that came up. The burnt ends were sooo good. I love them now. I’m making a bigger pan today. it’s the 20th of June. I am getting my rub on now. Will let them marinade overnight and put them on first thing in the morning & this time I might not share the burnt ends with anyone. Except for my wife.
    I would rate them 10 stars.
    This recipe is a keeper

    1. So happy to hear this! We made a large batch of burnt ends last week to serve during our NHL Stanley Cup Final watch party – sadly our team didn’t win the Cup, but at least we ate good! HA!