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Poor Man's Burnt Ends

Poor Man's Burnt Ends are a great way to get beefy smoked goodness, with all of the classic BBQ flavors you love, without having to smoke a whole brisket.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Resting Time15 minutes
Total Time8 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue
Keyword: Poor Man's Burnt Ends
Servings: 6 people
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 3 pounds chuck roast
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub or 1 Tablespoon each coarse salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder
  • ½ cup Hey Grill Hey Everything BBQ sauce or your favorite ketchup-based BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker for indirect grilling at 275 degrees F. Use hickory or oak wood for the most complementary smoke flavor.
  • Season. Slather the chuck roast with yellow mustard then season liberally on all sides with Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Smoke. When your smoker is up to temperature, place the seasoned roast on the smoker and close the lid. Smoke the roast until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (this took 5 hours on my smoker). You should have a fairly nice dark bark on the exterior of your roast at this point.
  • Wrap. Remove the roast from the grill and wrap it in either butcher paper or foil. Return the roast to the grill and continue smoking until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 195 degrees F (this took just over 1 hour).
  • Rest and cut. Remove the wrapped roast from the grill and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes. Cut into 3/4 inch cubes and transfer to a foil baking pan.
  • Add sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar and drizzle with most of the Everything BBQ sauce, reserving a couple of tablespoons for later. Toss gently to coat all of the pieces in a little of the sauce.
  • Finish smoking. Place the pan on the grill, close the lid and cook for an additional 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the sauce is bubbly and the cubed bits of beef are falling apart tender.
  • Enjoy. Sprinkle with the additional 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and the remaining BBQ sauce. stir gently and return to the grill for just a few more minutes until everything is well incorporated. Serve hot as a main course or on white bread/buns with pickles and white onions.



Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 850mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5.1mg