Buttermilk Corn Bread and Cracklings

Preparation info
  • Yields

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Bill Neal's Southern Cooking

By Bill Neal

Published 1985

  • About

Leftover corn bread is often crumbled into a large tumbler and covered with freshly churned ice-cold buttermilk. This makes a farm-style supper for the hottest summer nights and demands only the simplest accompaniment: sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, maybe one-half of a ripe cantaloupe sprinkled with salt and pepper.



  • 2 to 3 ounces (60 to 85 g) pork sidemeat
  • ¼ cup (60



Remove any rind from the sidemeat and dice finely. Combine the sidemeat with the water in the skillet over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the cracklings crisp and brown, approximately 40 minutes. Drain the cracklings on a brown paper bag. The rendered fat may be employed as the shortening for the corn bread, if desired.