Burnt ends are what you call the pieces of meat cut from the part of a smoked brisket often referred to as the flat. Parts of the brisket, like the point, take longer to fully cook and the “ends” can become crispy or burnt by the time the point is fully cooked. Sometimes the flat is removed when it is done and the point is returned to the smoker for further cooking. This part of the brisket is considered a delicacy in the barbecue world – particularly in and around Kansas City – and is often made into delicious sandwiches. Many try to recreate burnt ends by recooking parts of the flat, but for those who have had these true nuggets of barbecue gold, there is no comparison.
10Best and Sandwich America recruited a panel of local foodies to nominate their 20 favorite burnt ends sandwiches in Missouri and Kansas. For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Burnt Ends Sandwich in Kansas/Missouri are as follows:
- Plowboys Restaurant - Blue Springs, Mo.
- Joe's Kansas City BBQ - Kansas City, Kan.
- Squeal Like a Pig BBQ (S.L.A.P.S.) - Kansas City, Kan.
- Danny Edward's Boulevard BBQ - Kansas City, Mo.
- Johnny's BBQ - Mission and Olathe, Kan.
- Bogart's Smokehouse - St. Louis
- RJs Bob-Be-Que Shack - Mission, Kan.
- Q39 - Kansas City, Mo.
- The BBQ Shack - Paola, Kan.
- Woodyard BBQ - Kansas City, Kan.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Shanley Cox (Eat it Kansas City), Ardie A. Davis (Barbecue Lovers Kansas City Style) and Rod Gray were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of Kansas City-style barbecue.
Other barbecue restaurants nominated in this category included Arthur Bryant's, B.B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Que, Big T's Bar B Q, Brobeck's Barbeque, Char Bar, Gates and Sons Bar-B-Q, Jack Stack Barbecue, LC's Barbeque, Rye and Snead's BBQ.
Congratulations to all our BBQ winners!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo