National Burnt Ends Day - September 1


Are you ready for some flavor and sauce? Then National Burnt Ends Day on September 1st is your BBQ celebration!

Once considered trimmings or left-overs, burnt ends come from the point of a brisket. However, these days burnt ends take center stage in a BBQ basket of smoky flavor and goodness.

The name comes from the longer cooking time required for tender brisket. As a result, these thinner points become a little charred and tougher than the rest of the meat.

Don’t let that description deter you, though. As a tradition in the Kansas City area, they’ve mastered burnt ends and a taste for them has spread across the country.

Delicious on their own, burnt ends also taste amazing on sandwiches and in stews. They can be sweet, spicy, and of course smoky. A hint of hickory or cherry tantalizes the senses. No wonder there is an entire day to celebrate!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBurntEndsDay

Celebrate the day by sampling burnt ends! That’s not the only way to celebrate, though.

  • Support the American Royal by purchasing Burnt Ends from participating restaurants where a portion of the proceeds goes to support the mission of the American Royal.
  • Visit every BBQ joint you can in 24 hours.
  • Take a trip to Kansas City for some authentic burnt ends BBQ.
  • Make your own at home.
  • Invite friends and family to try burnt ends.
  • Experiment with seasonings and BBQ sauce.
  • Try new burnt ends recipes or share your favorite.

No matter how you celebrate, be sure to use #NationalBurntEndsDay on social media.


American Royal Logo_CIR_KC2The American Royal Association out of Kansas City founded National Burnt Ends Day in 2021 to promote Kansas City BBQ and their mouthwatering burnt ends. Established in 1899, the organization promotes agricultural learning through competition, scholarships, education, and agricultural events. The World Series of Barbecue® is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Burnt Ends Day to be observed on September 1, 2021, and every year thereafter.

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