Best Southern Cornbread You Will Ever Eat! #Sunday Supper

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013


Dad’s Southern Cornbread Photo: Simply Recipes

If you are looking for a delicious and truly Southern cornbread recipe, this is it! It is the best cornbread you’ll ever eat, because it’s my Dad’s recipe! With no wheat flour or sugar, baked in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet seasoned with a little bacon fat for that golden brown crust, it is truly a favorite, especially when served alongside a heaping plate of black-eyed peas and greens.

Today is #SundaySupper which Isabel Foodie founded, and the group was planning to tackle their New Year’s bucket list. Mine was to get my Dad’s recipe for cornbread. He makes it all of the time and it was the most request dish by my son home from college for the holiday’s, along with Gumbo.

You will need a 9- or 10-inch, well-seasoned cast iron skillet for this recipe.


1½ to 2 teaspoons bacon grease
1 large egg
2 cups buttermilk at room temperature
1¾ cups cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
1  teaspoon salt
1  teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda


Add enough bacon grease to the skillet to coat the bottom of the pan, then put it in a cold oven and preheat to 450°. In the meantime, mix the egg into the buttermilk, then add the cornmeal and mix well.

When the oven has reached 450°, after about 10 minutes, the grease should be just to the smoking point. Quickly stir the salt, baking powder, and soda into the batter and add the batter all at once to the hot pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the top just begins to brown. Turn the bread out onto a platter and serve hot with lots of butter.

Makes 8 to 10 slices to serve 6

Note: for a twist add chopped canned jalapeno’s, cheese or cracklins for something different depending on you main dish.

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4 Responses to “Best Southern Cornbread You Will Ever Eat! #Sunday Supper”

  1. Susan says:

    Bacon is the best and thanks for the comments! Love to make corn pones too!

  2. Terry H. says:

    Once upon a time everything was cooked or baked in bacon renderings…except maybe ice tea!!!

  3. Liz says:

    I make a lot of corn muffins, but I need to try your skillet version! I bet the bacon grease makes it fantastic!!!!

  4. Cornbread baked in bacon fat… that has got to be good!

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