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!
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.
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!
Serving suggestions for bacon burnt ends
I’ve mentioned that cooking pork burnt ends in the oven makes an excellent party appetizer.
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!
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!
- Goulash (American style)
- Sauerkraut soup with sausage
- Stovetop chili
- One-pot peppers and rice
- Dutch oven venison roast (or stew)
Pork Belly Burnt Ends
- 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
- 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.