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Burnt Ends at Epic Smokehouse
Burnt Ends at Epic Smokehouse
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Searching for Burnt Ends at D.C.'s Barbecue Restaurants

Some argue it's the best part of the brisket

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Burnt Ends at Epic Smokehouse
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Burnt ends are traditionally something that can be found in Kansas City barbecue, so anybody who's spent time there will likely know that they are the really tasty pieces of meat cut from a smoked piece of brisket. As if brisket wasn't flavorful enough, the burnt ends are literally the cornerstone of flavor and smoke on meat. That's about enough information one needs to understand why a lot of the local places that offer burnt ends also list them with the caveat "until supplies last" or something to that effect on the menu. In other words, if burnt ends can be found at a restaurant, they won't always be available for long on account of their popularity.

While DC is technically below the Mason Dixon Line, it isn't exactly the barbecue capital of the U.S. But that doesn't mean there aren't burnt ends to be found at a handful of restaurants that refuse to shy away from Kansas City-style offerings. A couple of the most well-known local spots to find them are the new Oklahoma Joe's and Fat Pete's, but even more options can be found with a little digging. Here is a list of places to hit up in the area -€— maybe a burnt ends tour is in order to see how they vary and compare to one another.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Epic SmokeHouse

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1330 S. Fern St.
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 283-4582
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Offered as a starter on their dinner menu, Epic Smokehouse’s burnt ends come twice smoked and tossed in their own barbecue sauce.

2. Famous Dave's (Multiple Locations)

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370 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 533-3418
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Famous Dave’s in Falls Church has a platter that combines burnt ends with 1/3 slab of St. Louis-style spareribs. They also have a burnt ends app made from their Texas beef brisket.
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3. Fat Pete's Barbecue

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3407 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 362-7777
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Fat Pete’s on Connecticut Ave. smokes their burnt ends for an additional four hours and then serves them as an appetizer, changing up traditional meal order and starting with the 'end.' They also have a burnt ends and grilled cheese sandwich, so there’s more than one way to enjoy them.

4. Hill Country Barbecue Market

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410 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 556-2050
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Hill Country has a side of campfire baked beans topped with burnt ends on their menu, and they will also occasionally offer burnt ends as a special.
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5. Mookie's BBQ

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1141 Walker Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 759-2386
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Mookie’s in Great Falls offers burnt ends all over their menu. Hungry eaters have the luxury of choosing between a burnt ends sandwich, a brisket/burnt ends platter (as the main attraction or as a topping) or inside of the Pitmaster Salad.

6. Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue

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2670 Avenir Pl
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 573-2370
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As its name will tell you, Oklahoma Joe’s is originally from Oklahoma, but they opened a location in Dunn Loring in 2015. They boast both a burnt end sandwich and burnt end dinner on their menu.

7. Old Glory

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3139 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 337-3406
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Old Glory boasts the “Francis Scott Key Burnt Ends” as an appetizer and only while they’re available. They come marbled and dry-rubbed.

8. Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

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2312 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 822-5699
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The burnt ends at Pork Barrel are the real deal. They are offered as part of their “Build-a-Combo” Platter, where an order of a quarter lb. of burnt ends (as long as supplies last) can be enjoyed alongside one or two other meats, two house-made sides and cornbread.
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9. Sweet Fire Donna's Barbecue and Hops

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510 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 312-7960
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The burnt ends here come “Kansas City-style” as double-seasoned and doubled-smoked cubed brisket. The dish comes with white bread and a choice of two sides.

1. Epic SmokeHouse

1330 S. Fern St., Arlington, VA 22202
Offered as a starter on their dinner menu, Epic Smokehouse’s burnt ends come twice smoked and tossed in their own barbecue sauce.
1330 S. Fern St.
Arlington, VA 22202

2. Famous Dave's (Multiple Locations)

370 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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Famous Dave’s in Falls Church has a platter that combines burnt ends with 1/3 slab of St. Louis-style spareribs. They also have a burnt ends app made from their Texas beef brisket.
370 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046

3. Fat Pete's Barbecue

3407 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Fat Pete’s on Connecticut Ave. smokes their burnt ends for an additional four hours and then serves them as an appetizer, changing up traditional meal order and starting with the 'end.' They also have a burnt ends and grilled cheese sandwich, so there’s more than one way to enjoy them.
3407 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

4. Hill Country Barbecue Market

410 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Eater.com
Hill Country has a side of campfire baked beans topped with burnt ends on their menu, and they will also occasionally offer burnt ends as a special.
410 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

5. Mookie's BBQ

1141 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066
Mookie’s in Great Falls offers burnt ends all over their menu. Hungry eaters have the luxury of choosing between a burnt ends sandwich, a brisket/burnt ends platter (as the main attraction or as a topping) or inside of the Pitmaster Salad.
1141 Walker Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066

6. Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue

2670 Avenir Pl, Fairfax, VA 22031
As its name will tell you, Oklahoma Joe’s is originally from Oklahoma, but they opened a location in Dunn Loring in 2015. They boast both a burnt end sandwich and burnt end dinner on their menu.
2670 Avenir Pl
Fairfax, VA 22031

7. Old Glory

3139 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Old Glory boasts the “Francis Scott Key Burnt Ends” as an appetizer and only while they’re available. They come marbled and dry-rubbed.
3139 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

8. Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

2312 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301
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The burnt ends at Pork Barrel are the real deal. They are offered as part of their “Build-a-Combo” Platter, where an order of a quarter lb. of burnt ends (as long as supplies last) can be enjoyed alongside one or two other meats, two house-made sides and cornbread.
2312 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

9. Sweet Fire Donna's Barbecue and Hops

510 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The burnt ends here come “Kansas City-style” as double-seasoned and doubled-smoked cubed brisket. The dish comes with white bread and a choice of two sides.
510 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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