B’s Chuck Roast Burnt Ends

This is a spin off of the famous Kansas City burnt ends recipe which calls for brisket. Why didn’t we use brisket? Well, chuck roast is a little more common, it’s more affordable, and most importantly, we had one on hand!

The burnt ends of a roast – gaaaah! We recently had burnt end sandwiches at Texas Jack’s in Arlington, Virginia and I would drive back there just to get that sandwich! So when B said he had a burnt ends recipe, I asked him how fast he could cook it!

B’s Chuck Roast Burnt Ends



Prep time




  • 3 pound chuck roast

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • t teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard

  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 1/3 cup molasses

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Mix all dry ingredients together (everything on the list above until you get to the ketchup). Rub the dry rub all over the outside of your chuck roast until it is covered. Place in crock pot on low for 6 hours depending on your crock pot. We also recommend turning the roast over about halfway through cooking.
  • Let’s make your sauce once your roast is finishing up in the crock pot. Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Chop your completed roast into bite size pieces and spread onto a baking sheet. Add your sauce – the amount will depend on your liking – and gently mix that and the meat together. You will have a lot of sauce so it’s not bad to hang onto some extra for adding later!
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until edges are more burnt and deeply seared to your liking. Stir about halfway through that last step.

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