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Easy Cracklin' Cornbread Muffins

Savory muffins with tasty pieces of fried pork (cracklings). Delicious as is, drizzled with honey or maple syrup. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: cornbread, muffins
Servings: 6 muffins


  • 1 cup processed/precooked cracklings
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box (8.5 ounces) corn muffin mix
  • 3 tablespoons self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil for muffin tin


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Use an 8" skillet (thick cornbread) or a 9" (thin cornbread). Spread cracklings in a medium-sized skillet.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Warm on top of stove over low-medium heat. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until vegetable oil and cracklings are golden brown. Do not leave stove while cooking.
  • Turn off heat. Sprinkle salt over cracklings. Stir well. Crush to small pieces using heavy spatula or spoon. Set aside.
  • In medium-sized bowl, combine corn muffin mix, self-rising white corn meal mix, sugar (if using), egg, and buttermilk. Stir together until smooth. Small lumps okay.
  • Use a large spoon to scoop cracklings and some of drippings from skillet. Use leftover drippings to grease muffin tin.
  • Stir together cornbread batter and 3/4 cup of cracklings until evenly combined. Set batter and leftover cracklings aside.
  • Place 1/2 teaspoon of drippings in each muffin's cup (6 cups total). If you don't have enough drippings, use 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
  • Pour 2-1/2 tablespoons of cornbread batter into each cup.
  • Reduce oven to 375 degrees. Bake 10 minutes. Carefully remove from oven. Place 1/2 teaspoon of cooked/crumbled cracklings on top of each muffin.
  • Return to oven. Bake 10 to 15 minutes OR until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Serve hot.


How to substitute 1 cup of all purpose flour for 1 cup of self-rising flour...
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sift together in a medium sized bowl.  Use 1/2 cup for this recipe.  Store remainder in a zippered bag.  Refrigerate until ready to use.