Smoked Cornbread is the perfect side dish. Not only will you get that delicious smoky flavor with every bite but you can easily make this for any type of meal as well. Top with butter, honey, or enjoy it plain.
It's really just so much fun to make this recipe right on the grill. You get to make the batter like you normally would, but treat your tastebuds to a truly smoky flavor. The cornbread batter cooks perfectly on the smoker with minimal prep time required. Once the cornbread has cooked all the way, every bite will have that perfect kiss of smoke.
I cook a ton of stuff in the smoker or on the grill because it's literally one of my favorite flavors. If you like to bake cornbread, I highly recommend that you cook this sweet smoked cornbread recipe this way. It's really delicious and tasty.
Speaking of delicious, try my Garlic Herb Butter which would be a great option to pair with this Traeger cornbread recipe.
Cornmeal - Adding the cornmeal gives the texture that we all love and crave!
Flour - Just a bit of flour is needed to help the cornmeal bind together with all the other ingredients.
Brown sugar - Using brown sugar is a great way to add a small amount of sweetness. This is a mildly sweet cornbread, more savory than sweet, so if you prefer sweet cornbread you can increase the amount of brown sugar or also add some white sugar.
Baking powder - Baking powder gives a light and fluffy texture to the smoked cornbread.
Salt - Just a pinch of salt is all you need.
Milk - I use regular milk but low fat or almond milk would work fine as well.
Sour cream - Adding a tad bit of sour cream helps to moisten the batter.
Butter - I love using salted butter for this recipe.
Egg - Without adding the egg, you won't be able to bind together all the ingredients.
How To Make Smoked Cornbread
Just a few wet and dry ingredients and a short cook time are all you need to make this tasty dish.
Step One: Preheat smoker to 225. Spray an 8x8 aluminum pan with cooking spray.
Step Two: Stir together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. The batter will be thick.
Step Three: Add the batter to the prepared pan and spread until it is smooth.
Step Four: Cook the cornbread on the smoker for 1.5 to 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.
Cast iron skillet - You can use a skillet on the pellet grill as well. Just be aware that the cooking time will vary as the skillet will get a lot hotter than a pan.
Green onion - If you want to add some extra flavor to the mixture, chop up some diced green onions and add before cooking.
Sausage - You can also add cooked sausage into the smoked cornbread batter to make it a savory cornbread worthy of being an entree.
Jalapeno - Add some chopped jalapenos and cheddar cheese to make an amazing smoked jalapeno cheddar cornbread.
Bacon - Can anyone resist adding bacon? Not us!
Why is my cornbread dry?
Cornbread has a crumbly texture by nature. It isn't typically a moist bread. If it's overly dry, make sure that you're using a good egg to dry ingredient ratio. You can also add a tablespoon of greek yogurt if you're not wanting to use sour cream.
What recipes pair well with cornbread?
This is what makes cornbread the best! You can easily pair smoked cornbread with sausage and gravy, with a big bowl of stew, hearty chili, or with any soup that you'd like. We love it with our gluten-free potato soup.
If you'd looking for more of a protein addition, you can use the cornbread as a bun of sorts and pair it with ham or turkey, too.
What toppings can you add to cornbread?
This just all depends on what you want and what you like. Some like salted butter, some prefer honey or maple syrup, and some prefer sweetness from a jam or jelly.
How to store leftover cornbread
More than likely, you'll have leftovers which means that you get to enjoy it again. All you need to do to keep the smoked cornbread fresh is to store it in an airtight container. It doesn't have to be stored in the fridge but you can if you'd like.
If you want to freeze cornbread, you can easily do that as well. Once it has cooled down all the way, you can add it to freezer-safe bags or containers and have it stored safely in the freezer. The bread should stay good for 2-3 months.
To unthaw, just move the frozen cornbread to the freezer and let it unthaw for a few hours. You can also pop it into the microwave frozen to unthaw quickly.
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ⅔ cup milk
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1 egg
- Preheat smoker to 225. Spray an 8x8 aluminum pan with cooking spray.
- Stir together the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. The batter will be thick.
- Add the batter to the prepared pan and spread until it is smooth.
- Cook the cornbread on the smoker for 1.5 to 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.