If you’re doing smoked pork belly burnt ends, you better do it right - doesn’t mean it can’t be easy too! Here’s the quick & easy way to smoke some finger-lickin’ delicious bacon cubes for you and the family (or just for you, not judging!)
Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends(The Easy Way)
2 hours 5 minutes
First up, we’ve got to dice the belly up. The way I do this is by first cutting the belly into 2” long strips. Then I cut these strips into 2” by 2”. Don’t worry if they look too big- there’s a lot of fat in there that will render out during the cooking process.
Now that the pork cubes are ready, place them into a disposable roasting pan. Give them a light hit of Dirty Bird Hot rub, then move the cubes around to fully coat them. Then repeat with another coat of Dirty Bird Hot, and finally, give them a light coat of Honey Killer Bee. This combo works so well, you just have to try it!
For the next step of this recipe you’ll need your trusty ol’ smoker, or a grill you can set up for indirect heat cooking. Fire it up, let it come to temp, and you’re already halfway there.
The best way to go about cooking smoked pork belly burnt ends is placing them on removable grill grates, or a smoker-safe tray. This makes transporting them to- and from the cooker a lot easier. If you don’t have one of those, make sure they won’t fall through your grill grates while cooking (keep in mind, they shrink).
Once the burnt ends are on the cooker, you don’t have to worry about too much. After about 1 hour, flip the burnt ends. Give them around 30 more minutes after that, and once you start seeing a very light char around the edges pull them off the heat.
Get a large enough disposable roasting pan, and put the smoked pork belly burnt ends in it! Give the burnt ends a nice toss in the sweet apple chipotle BBQ sauce, enough to cover them completely. Then put the lid on your roasting pan, and back to the cooker they go
They now need about 1 more hour, give or take, of steaming in the closed pan, and that’s it!