Kansas City: BBQ Burnt Ends
Modern-day barbeque aficionados know that of the four main barbeque regions, Kansas City doesn’t see their skill as a means to an end. In fact, it’s their ends that they're known for.
Unfortunately-named, burnt ends are flavorful pieces of meat cut from the point half of a smoked brisket. A proper burnt end displays a modest amount of “bark,” or char, on at least one side. It’s what provides a perfectly crispy end to a tender beginning of each bite, and is made from the fattier part of the brisket.
It’s a pretty technical process but all you really need to know is that it’s considered a delicacy in the ‘que world. And whether smoked, soaked in sweet-and-tangy sauce, or added to dishes for an enhanced smoky flavor - these trimmings of down-home goodness are for sure a stand-out star of Kansas City.