Burnt ends are a legend of the barbecue world. You know, those succulent crispy chunks of meat cut from the fatty ends of beef brisket, cooked slowly until charred and smoky and smothered in a liberal helping of sweet and tangy sauce ... All right, now we're drooling. Surprisingly, though, burnt ends didn't always have such a mouthwatering reputation. These now-celebrated pieces of meat were once just free scraps of beef brisket on the counter of one of Kansas City's most popular barbecue joints. It's really quite the origin story.