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Bacon Burnt Ends

Bacon Burnt Ends

By Traeger Kitchen

Burnt ends are a Kansas City invention made from brisket. This recipe uses a similar technique but with slab bacon as the base for tasty treats with a salty, chewy twist that will wow anyone at your table. Traeger's Perfect Pork Rub is the perfect seasoning, giving these bacony bites a sweet but well-balanced flavor.

Prep Time

5 Min

Cook Time

4 Hr




This recipe serves:


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Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
4 Pound slab bacon, cut in 1½-inch cubes
3 Tablespoon Traeger Perfect Pork Rub
1 Cup apple juice
2 1/2 Cup Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce
3 Tablespoon unsalted butter


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 225°F and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. Lightly grease a wire rack with nonstick spray.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


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  • 2

    Place the bacon cubes in a large bowl and season with the Traeger Perfect Pork Rub. Toss to coat evenly.

  • 3

    Arrange the bacon cubes on the prepared wire rack, spacing ½ inch apart.

  • 4

    Place the rack on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 2½ hours until fat is beginning to render and edges are lightly browned.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


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  • 5

    Remove bacon from the grill and transfer to a 9”x13” baking dish. Pour the apple juice into the bottom of the pan and cover the pan tightly with foil.

  • 6

    Increase the Traeger temperature to 250°F. Place the baking dish on the grill grates. Close the lid and cook for 1 hour until burnt ends are tender.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


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  • 7

    Remove the baking dish from the grill, uncover, and pour off any liquid remaining in the dish. Add the Traeger Apricot BBQ Sauce and butter to the dish and return to the grill. Close the lid and cook for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until sauce has thickened and the bacon burnt ends are coated.

    250 ˚F / 121 ˚C


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  • 8

    Remove the burnt ends from the grill and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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