I have to tell you, that what he gave you was burnt ends. The real deal. What most of us call burnt ends is not what was traditionally called burnt ends. In a place where point is sold as fatty brisket, burnt ends are exactly that, the cut-offs, that are either burnt or not saleable. It was often considered a waste product and given to poor folks out the side door.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
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