Have you found yourself staring down at that last package of pork labeled “bacon ends” in the freezer, wondering exactly what to do with it?

I tried a simple pork belly burnt ends oven recipe, and the results were astonishing!

Pork belly burnt ends on white plate with a ramekin of bbq sauce.

Ok, so what are bacon ends? We are probably familiar with the ever-popular burnt ends found in nearly every bbq joint, which are cut from the tips of beef brisket.

But this is pork, and we are talking about bacon ends. So how do we go about cooking them? Do we cook them the same way as beef burnt ends? Ah, no.

Let us start with what a bacon end is to understand better how that intriguing, undoubtedly delicious package made it into our freezer.

What are bacon ends?

Bacon ends are cut from the same bacon we find in grocery stores everywhere.

After the bacon strips have been cut from the bacon slab, also called pork belly, you are left with random bits and pieces from the irregular-shaped piece of meat.

These pieces of meat are then usually cut up into bite-size pieces, and we end up with bacon ends!

Depending on where you source your bacon ends, they may not be cut into bite-size pieces.

Bacon Burnt Ends

No matter the day of the week, bacon is always a good idea.

And if you buy a whole or half hog, you’ll surely end up with bacon ends to make those delicious bacon burnt ends.

I’ve tried a number of bacon ends recipes and have yet to have a complaint with any of them.

Whether it’s smoked, barbequed, skillet seared, or cooked in the oven like these oven-baked burnt ends; it will always be a crowd-pleaser.

Burnt ends pork belly on serving platter sprinkled with parsley.

Pork belly burnt ends

Making pork burnt ends in the oven is the perfect party appetizer or game day side. Pair it with your favorite pulled pork recipe, and the sweet, tangy bbq glaze is sure to be a hit!

What you will need:

  • Bacon ends
  • Bbq sauce
  • Teriyaki sauce
  • Dry rub (or make your own, see below)

How to make bacon burnt ends in the oven

We are going to make these bacon burnt ends in the oven with a dutch oven. While it might just possibly be the most unconventional bacon ends recipe ever, once you try it, you’ll see why we make it this way!

  • Begin by trimming the ends into bite-sized pieces. Local butchers may leave the pork ends untrimmed in large pieces unless requested otherwise.
  • Next, add your dry rub.
  • I made a super simple dry rub to coat the bacon ends by combining smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Then, toss the ends in the dry rub until well-coated.
  • If you have a personal favorite dry rub, by all means, I made my own in order to omit the salt since the burnt ends are salty enough being cured in salt and all.
  • Next, add the bbq sauce and teriyaki sauce in with the meat, and toss again until well coated.
  • Transfer the bacon ends to the dutch oven, leave uncovered, and bake for 45 minutes at 375°F. No need to preheat the oven for this one!
Pork belly burnt ends in a dutch oven with a dry rub.
Oven baked bacon ends in a dutch oven.

Serving suggestions for bacon burnt ends

I’ve mentioned that cooking pork burnt ends in the oven makes an excellent party appetizer.

So, with that, think french fries, potstickers, or egg rolls.

And come to think of it, while we are on the topic of pork, why not use your trusty dutch oven to cook up some spare ribs as well?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pork belly just bacon? So, yes and no. Bacon can come from the pork belly, but it can also come from the sides and jowl.

Is pork belly cured? No, pork belly is not cured. It can be cured, in which case it becomes bacon.

Are bacon ends cheaper than regular bacon? You betcha! Well, at least where I am from, they practically give the stuff away.

How long should you cook pork belly burnt ends in the oven? Pork belly burnt ends in the oven take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to cook through.

How to reheat bacon ends? If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, which is unlikely, these burnt pork ends are just as good the next day. Simply reheat in the oven until warmed through.

Bacon burnt ends

Bacon burnt ends are the perfect snack, party food, or a perfect companion to your stovetop bratwurst dinner.

Regardless of the occasion, this finger-licking recipe will surely be a hit!

This simple pork belly burnt ends recipe is tender, a little sweet, a little tangy, very sticky, and bursting with flavor.

Try these smokey beef back ribs next!

Scooping up a piece of oven baked burnt bacon end from a white plate.

I hope you enjoy this bacon burnt end oven recipe as much as we did! If you made it, please consider leaving a review below!

And if you enjoy cooking in a dutch oven, but ran out of ideas, here are a few of our personal favorites!

Pork belly burnt ends on white plate with a ramekin of bbq sauce.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

Laura Ascher
Burnt pork ends with a dry rub, tossed in a dry rub, and baked to perfection!
4.66 from 49 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 683 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb of bacon ends
  • 1 cup of hickory smoke bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of terriyaki sauce I like P.F. Changs

for the dry rub

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine dry rub ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Add meat and toss to coat.
  • Add bbq and teriyaki sauce, and toss again.
  • Transfer to a dutch oven and place on the center rack of the oven.
  • Set heat to 375°F and bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.

Notes

For the most tender meat, remove from heat at 195°F internal temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ozCalories: 683kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 39gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 2673mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29g
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