Friday, November 30, 2012

Burnt End Grilled Cheese

burnt end grilled cheese

A few weeks ago I shared a simple recipe for BBQ chicken nachos and in that post, I shared that my dad owns and operates a BBQ restaurant in my hometown.  I started thinking about how few BBQ recipes I have shared here, though.  And honestly, there is no excuse.

We eat BBQ often, just this week I left chicken in the slow cooker all day, shredded it and covered it in Paul’s homemade BBQ sauce (which we have yet to blog.)  So I decided it was time to add one more recipe and so I turned to my favorite: grilled cheese sandwiches.  For some reason, I just can’t get enough.  I like them with all kinds of crazy additions and because, of course, they are oozing with melty, gooey cheese.

The last time I went home, I stopped by the restaurant and my dad had packaged up a huge order of burnt ends for me, in addition to a bunch of fresh herbs from his garden.  I had actually called him on my was and asked him to set some back – he only serves them on Saturdays and every Saturday they sell out.  The burnt ends have always been my favorite choice for BBQ.  I love pulled pork, but there is  something about that crunchy, chewy outer crust and the soft, tender and juicy center of the burnt end that makes me swoon.

Burnt End Grilled Cheese

Paul and I ate them for dinner that night and, surprisingly, there were leftovers.  And you know what I did with those leftovers?

Um, you guessed it.  I made them into a grilled cheese which might be one of the best ideas I’ve had this year.  I had bought a huge baguette for soup and it was the perfect bread to stand up the burnt ends.  You probably guessed that this isn’t really a recipe.  If you know how to make one grilled cheese, you can make any grilled cheese.  Add your favorite condiments to this, make it with pulled pork instead – make it your own.  All I’m saying is just to do. it. now.  You’ll love it.

Burnt End Grilled Cheese

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Burnt End Grilled Cheese Recipe

Yield: 1 sandwich

Total Time: 8 minutes

A twist on a classic grilled cheese with BBQ burnt ends, provolone cheese, BBQ sauce and pickles.


1 (3-4 inch) slice baguette, halved
1/3 cup cooked burnt ends (or other smoked meat of your choice)
5-6 pickles
2 slices Provolone cheese
BBQ sauce


Heat a small non-stick pan over medium heat. Place one slice of cheese on each slice of baguette. Pile on the burnt ends, dab with BBQ sauce and top with pickles.

Place the sandwich in the pan cook over medium heat until the cheese is melted and the outsides of the bread are toasty.

Serve with additional BBQ sauce.

Burnt End Grilled Cheese


44 Responses to “Burnt End Grilled Cheese”

  1. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 30, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    Oh man good BBQ is hard to come by around here!! Can’t wait for you to share the BBQ sauce recipe!!

  2. #
    Emily — November 30, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    My GOODNESS. Everything my husband ever loved in one sandwich. We’re so making these.

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    Jenny @ BAKE — November 30, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    all I can say about these sandwiches is WOW! I need to have a go at making my grilled cheese as impressive as these!

  4. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 30, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    I can’t wait for you to invite me over to eat this! You are inviting me over, right?


  5. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — November 30, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    I agree with Bev! Burnt ends are my FAVORITE and the fact you put it on my second favorite, a grilled cheese is brilliant!!

  6. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 30, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Burnt ends have been HIDING from me! I had no idea. I feel like a whole new world of possibility has opened in my life.

  7. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 30, 2012 @ 8:32 am


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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 30, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    oh goodness! my mouth is watering, I want this for breakfast!

  9. #
    Kansas Bob — November 30, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Now that is my kind of grilled cheese!

  10. #
    elizabeth @ chronic venture — November 30, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    this looks incredible. need something like this for lunch…i wish there was more BBQ in DC!

  11. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — November 30, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    CASSIE! You just made my day, month, and heck, even year! This grilled cheese looks AH-mazing. I could use one right now!

  12. #
    carrian — November 30, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    oh, mercy. I believe this is meant for me. Everyone else can just walk away while I keep this all for myself. Gooey, little, piece of savory deliciousness

  13. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 30, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    I love the story, history, idea, name of the recipe, the whole thing – and I don’t even eat meat! Had no idea about your dad & that you have a restaurant in your family – that’s why you’re such a good cook…it’s in your genes:)

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    Chrissy — November 30, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    Isn’t it crazy how sometimes we don’t blog or share recipes that we make the most? I can’t wait to see Paul’s BBQ sauce 🙂 PS. this grilled cheese looks marvelous. Simple and delicious.

  15. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — November 30, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Perfect sandwiches! Love that you have such a great source of bbq!

  16. #
    Carla's Confections — November 30, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    My husband and I have both recently become obsessed with grilled cheeses. And I just got a griddle pan, so it needs to go to good use. I need to make a version like this 🙂 it looks amazing!

  17. #
    Tracey — November 30, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Ok that settles it, I need to come to Kansas City and visit your dad’s restaurant for some BBQ and then I’m heading to your place for one of these sandwiches 🙂 Yum!!

  18. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — November 30, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    It’s kinda like a BBQ version of my husband’s favorite…the Cuban sammy!

  19. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 30, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    Your dad has a BBQ place?! I think I would have had the happiest childhood ever. I miss good BBQ. Or rather, any BBQ at all. And brisket! Oh, Cassie. What a mean post for my eyes. 😉

    The sandwich looks incredible! Love your creativity.

  20. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 30, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    I’m drooling, this looks like one incredible grilled cheese!

  21. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — November 30, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    I love warm sandwiches—especially this time of year!!

  22. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 30, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Kansas is BBQ country, and burnt ends are awesome!! Do Kansatonians (?) prefer vinegar based sauce or sweet?

    • Cassie replied: — November 30th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

      I think we say Kansas Citians…or Kansans. (But technically, I’m on the Missouri side so I guess that would be a Missourian?) Anyway…I’m not so technical. However, I know we like our BBQ sauce a little on the sweet-tomato-based side, less vinegar. But Paul does like vinegar. We talked about it tonight and will be blogging a sauce recipe very soon!

  23. #
    cathy @ Noble Pig — November 30, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Love a messy sandwich like this…I made Grilled Cheese for breakfast today because why not!!

  24. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — November 30, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    pickles, cheese and bbq? and the smoked meat? i am ALL OVER these! warm sammies are the best. SO comforting. and now i am starving. 🙂

  25. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — November 30, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Please pack some of these in your carry on in April.

  26. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 30, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    Growing up in Texas I know that burnt ends are seriously THE BEST!

    • Cassie replied: — November 30th, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

      I hope you guys made it home from the hospital! I can’t believe you are commenting in blogs…you are a rock star! I can’t wait to see more of Olivia!

  27. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — November 30, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Cassie, this looks out of control delicious!

  28. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 30, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    Ok, I don’t think I have ever had a burnt end! This sandwich looks fantastic!

  29. #
    Joanne — December 1, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    In most of my life experiences, I’ve come to find that burnt ends of many things are somehow always the best. This sandwich looks awesome!

  30. #
    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — December 1, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Oh my heavens… this looks SOOOO amazing! I’ve heard all about burnt ends from friends from KS – i think we need to come out there & try them in person! 😉

  31. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 1, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    This is mouthwatering! What a great combo with the grilled cheese. Yum!

  32. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 1, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    Cassie you are killing me!!

  33. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 3, 2012 @ 1:44 am

    These sandwiches are killing me, they look so great! I LOVE bbq sauce and had no idea your pop owns a bbq restaurant. This is fun and I’m sure very inspiring for your own cooking! Can’t wait to see more bbq recipes on your site!

  34. #
    Kathryn — December 3, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    I want to try burnt ends so much, they sound really delicious and I just love this idea of putting them in a grilled cheese. Perfection in a sandwich!

  35. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 3, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Love anything with BBQ sauce – and this looks incredible!

  36. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 4, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    Wow, this must be the best type of leftover dish ever! And I’m a huge BBQ fan so this here is just screaming my name!

    And burnt ends – where has this been all my life?!

  37. #
    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — December 5, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    NEED. THIS. NOW. Wowzas, Cassie! I need this stat!

  38. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 7, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I have to admit, I had no idea what burnt ends were until I read this post. 😉

  39. #
    Amanda at — April 19, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website:


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