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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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Epic SmokeHouse

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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.

Famous Dave's (Multiple Locations)

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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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Fat Pete's Barbecue

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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.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

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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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Mookie's BBQ

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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.

Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue

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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.

Old Glory

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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.

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

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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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Sweet Fire Donna's Barbecue and Hops

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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.

Epic SmokeHouse

Offered as a starter on their dinner menu, Epic Smokehouse’s burnt ends come twice smoked and tossed in their own barbecue sauce.

Famous Dave's (Multiple Locations)

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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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Fat Pete's Barbecue

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.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

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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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Mookie's BBQ

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.

Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue

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.

Old Glory

Old Glory boasts the “Francis Scott Key Burnt Ends” as an appetizer and only while they’re available. They come marbled and dry-rubbed.

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

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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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Sweet Fire Donna's Barbecue and Hops

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.

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