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    Exploring the Irresistible Flavor of Costco Burnt Ends: A BBQ Lover’s Delight

    In January 2024 Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends replaced the Wolf Family version.

    When it comes to smoky, succulent indulgence, few dishes can rival the mouthwatering allure of Costco burnt ends. These delectable chunks of caramelized, tender meat are a carnivore’s dream. While burnt ends are traditionally associated with barbeque joints, Costco has emerged as an unexpected champion in delivering this irresistible delicacy to its members. 

    Join us as we uncover the tantalizing world of Costco burnt ends, exploring their rich flavors, enticing textures, and the incredible convenience of finding these BBQ gems at your local warehouse.

    What Are Burnt Ends?

    Burnt ends are pieces of cooked beef brisket consisting of up to 50 percent fat. The meat comes from the pectoral muscle, which is known to be tough thanks to being used so often by the cow. BBQ restaurants put burnt ends on menus to use up the scraps from the week.

    The small pieces of meat were sauced up and placed on rolls for Friday night specials. They became so popular with patrons that they earned permanent menu spots. 

    Costco used to sell boxes of Wolf Family Burnt Ends in the refrigerated section, but, like pulled pork, in 2024, they quietly pulled that product from shelves and now sell Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends.

    How To Cook Burnt Ends From Costco

    Here’s how to cook burnt ends from Costco.

    Oven IN Bag 

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the meat from the pouch and, place it in an oven-safe dish and add one Tablespoon of water. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes until warm. Let stand for 1-2 minutes before serving. 

    Add the sauce packet after cooking if desired. 

    On the Stovetop (OUR PREFERRED METHOD)

    Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat. Remove meat from the pouch and add to the skillet. Heat for 1-2.5 minutes, then flip. Cook for another minute, and then add the sauce to coat. Heat for another minute and then let rest for 1-2 minutes before serving. 

    How Much Are Burnt Ends From Costco

    Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends cost $12.99 per pound at Costco (the same price as the previously sold Wolf Family version). Packages vary in size slightly, though most were around 1.5 pounds. We paid $19.36 for a 1.490 lb. package. 

    If you want to make burnt ends from scratch, you need a point-cut brisket. The warehouse sells the flat-cut variety. While it’s great for smoking, this cut tends to dry more easily. 

    Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends Nutrition Info

    Each three-ounce serving contains the following:

    19 g of fat
    70 mg of cholesterol
    450 mg of sodium
    6g of carbohydrates
    5 g of sugar
    19 g of protein

    Costco Burnt Ends are a good source of Vitamin A (47 mcg), Iron (1 mg), Potassium (470 mg), Thiamin (.04 mg), Riboflavin (.145 mg), Niacin (2.38 mg).

    How Many Calories In Costco Burnt Ends

    There are 270 calories per three-ounce serving. 

    Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends Ingredients:

    Beef Brisket, Water, Salt, Brown Sugar, Sugar, Maple Syrup, Coffee, White Pepper Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Modified Rice Starch, Garlic Powder, Yeast Extracts, Citrus Extracts, and Dried Vinegar.

    How Long Do Burnt Ends Last In The Fridge?

    All packages have a Use or Freeze By Date printed on the back of the package that’s approximately three months from purchase. Once heated, Burnt ends should last 3-4 days in the fridge if properly stored. Place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

    Costco burnt ends are in a vacuum-sealed pouch inside a box. This packaging allows for easy freezer storage. 

    Place the box in the fridge overnight to defrost. You can speed up the process by placing the pouch of water. Change the water every 30 minutes or so.

    Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends Review

    Costco Burnt Ends offers a versatile solution for quick and easy meals, but their texture may not be suitable for everyone.

    One of the standout features of Costco’s Burnt Ends is their versatility. They can be incorporated into various dishes such as baked beans, macaroni and cheese, salads, or simply served on buns. Their convenience is undeniable, with a preparation time of less than 10 minutes, making them a go-to option for busy households.

    However, the taste of the Burnt Ends falls short of expectations. Despite the presence of flavorful ingredients, the flavor comes across as muted. Adding a sauce like Sweet Baby Ray’s, also available at the warehouse, can significantly enhance the taste.

    One of the most appealing aspects of Costco’s Burnt Ends is its affordability, priced at approximately $2.75 per serving. This makes them a budget-friendly option for families or individuals seeking a cost-effective meal.

    On the downside, the texture of the Burnt Ends may be off-putting for some. Originating from the pectoral muscle, which is frequently used and can be tough, overcooking should be avoided to prevent further toughness. Additionally, the high-fat content, with some types containing up to 50% fat, may deter those not fond of fatty meats.

    While Kirkland Signature Burnt Ends offer versatility and affordability, they have drawbacks such as muted flavor, challenging texture, and high-fat content. While they may not top our list of best Costco foods, they still remain a viable option for convenient meals.

    Wolf Family Burnt Ends Review

    Costco Burnt Ends

    Note: This item is no longer sold at Costco as of January 2024.

    We liked Wolf Family Burnt Ends. They were an excellent balance of fat and meat, and the flavor was authentic, unlike some prepared BBQ. It is effortless to prepare (our favorite was in a frying pan)

    They are freezer-ready since they come in a vacuum-sealed pouch. If you don’t remember to defrost overnight as recommended, an hour or so in water will speed up the process. 

    While our go-to BBQ sauce is the warehouse staple, Sweet Baby Ray’s, the accompanying sauce was just as good and not overly sweet.

    Wolf Family Burnt Ends are versatile. The meat is great in tacos, salads, or alone. We didn’t love it on sandwiches. The bread overpowers the meat, and the package doesn’t have enough for four big sandwiches. That leads us to our only gripe about the product. There isn’t enough of it! 

    When purchasing, we thought of the burnt ends like the company’s pulled pork (also at the warehouse). That package has a large portion that leaves enough for leftovers. These burnt ends add to a meal; they aren’t the central part. 

    We will definitely purchase these again for a tasty weeknight meal or a flavorful addition to our next BBQ.

    What Side Dish Goes With Costco Burnt Ends?

    Costco Sweet Potato Fries Are An Excellent Side Dish for Costco Burnt Ends

    This versatile prepared food has lots of side dishes that complement it. 

    1. Cole Slaw — We love this KFC Copycat recipe. Buy cole slaw mix and make the dressing, and it’s on the table in no time.
    2. French Fries — Pick a thicker cut that works well with the meat. 
    3. Sweet Potato Fries — We love Costco’s frozen sweet potato fries! The subtle sweetness is a great contrast to the smokiness. 
    4. Baked Beans — Canned baked beans are the best side dish.
    5. Roasted Broccoli — Toss broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake in a preheated 400-degree oven for 18-20 minutes.
    6. Cornbread — We’ve tried many recipes and found the Krusteaz box mix the best. It’s slightly sweet, crumbly, and overall delicious.  
    7. Kale Salad — Hearty, slightly earthy kale leaves are an excellent base for a salad served alongside BBQ. We’ve made this NYT recipe for years, but a great Kale Caesar would be fantastic, too.
    8. Mac and Cheese — Chop the burnt ends and mix with macaroni cheese for an excellent side or main.

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    3 thoughts on “Exploring the Irresistible Flavor of Costco Burnt Ends: A BBQ Lover’s Delight”

    1. Very disappointed in your product. The burnt ends were tough and I followed the cooking instructions. In my opinion cooking the meat for 20 minutes is not sufficient. I don’t plan on purchasing this product again.

      1. Hi Mary Jo,
        Hmmm… what a bummer that you had that experience. We made them several ways and the microwave was our favorite. If you ever want to try them again, maybe that method will produce better results for you.

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