1 tablespoon bacon fat, or vegetable oil or shortening
2 cups cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place bacon fat (or fat of choice) into a 9" cast iron skillet (usually square, but round works, too).
Put pan into oven to heat.
Blend dry ingredients.
Mix wet ingredients and add to dry.
Mix until just combined -- a few lumps are okay.
Remove hot pan from oven and pour in batter. It should sizzle.
Bake until golden brown (approximately 15-20 minutes).
Pairs Well With
This is true Southern cornbread, no sugar or flour included. If you live north of the the Mason-Dixon (or if you didn't grow up on it), you probably won't like it.