Smoked Cornbread with Honey Butter

This classic skillet cornbread cooked on the smoker is a perfect side for ribs, brisket or any barbecue main.
Cornbread with Honey butter

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This sweet cornbread served with creamy honey butter is so good, that your Grandma will be impressed!

Sure, you could cook this in the oven, but I like to put this on the smoker when my meat is almost done for a perfect BBQ side.

Cornbread with Honey Butter

Cornbread is a true classic in Southern cuisine, renowned for its rustic charm and comforting, golden-brown goodness.

Simple ingredients, typically consisting of cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and a touch of sweetness, all combine to create a balance of moist and crumbly texture and sweet nutty flavors.

Whether served as a side dish or enjoyed as the star of the meal, cornbread brings a nostalgic taste to any table and is an essential addition to your recipe repertoire.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Fine yellow cornmeal –  yellow cornmeal gives cornbread that golden brown color and crumbly texture. You should be able to find it in most grocery stores or order it online.
  • All-purpose flour – using any other flour could alter the consistency. 
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Egg
  • Butter – for the best results opt for a high-quality butter, such as Kerrygold Butter.
  • Honey – I like to use fresh local honey but, any honey will work
ingredients for cornbread

Equipment you’ll need

  • Cast iron skillet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Heat proof gloves
  • Smoker

How to Make Cornbread with Honey Butter

1. Fire up the smoker

Fire up the smoker to 400°F.

For this recipe, I like to cook it on my pellet grill and introduce a touch of smoke throughout the cook. I’m usually wrapping up cooking something else, so it’s not a problem to bump up the temperature at the end.

Place the skillet in the smoker to heat up while you prep the cornbread.

skillet heating up in the smoker

2. Make the cornbread mixture

Add the cornmeal, flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder to a large bowl and stir with a whisk to combine.

stirring the dry ingredients of cornbread

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, honey, and egg until they’re well combined

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until the batter is evenly mixed.

pouring wet ingredients into dry for cornbread

3. Get the skillet ready

Drop a couple of tablespoons of butter into the hot skillet and give it a swirl around to coat the pan.

butter sizzling in a hot skillet
You want it to be sizzling hot.
a gloved hand holding a hot skillet swirling butter
This is where heatproof gloves come in handy.

Pour the batter carefully into the skillet. Make sure it’s evenly spread out.

pouring cornbread mixture into hot skillet on the smoker
raw cornbread mixture in the skillet on the smoker

4. Cook

Close the lid, and let the cornbread take on a little bit of that smoke flavor. Check at the 25-minute mark. Cook time will depend on your smoker, this could take anywhere from 25-45 minutes.

I have found that cornbread cooks quicker in my oven than in my smoker, so keep an eye on it. You’re looking for a golden brown top and to be able to stick a toothpick or fork in the center and it comes out clean. 

cooked cornbread in the smoker

5. Make the honey butter

While your cornbread is cooking, mix the softened butter with the honey. You want the honey to be completely combined.

starting to mix the butter with the honey with a whisk
whisked honey and butter with a whisk

The honey butter would also be good with dinner rolls, and biscuits. 

6. Serve

cornbread with honey butter
Serve the remainder on the side for people to help themselves.

Once your cornbread is cooked, give it a nice coating of honey butter. I like to slice it into thick pieces and serve it with any main protein.

What to serve cornbread with

Cornbread with Honey butter

Smoked Cornbread with Honey Butter

A classic sweet cornbread served with creamy honey butter.
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Condiment/Side
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Brian Gerwig


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp butter

Honey Butter

  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • tbsp honey


  • Preheat the smoker to 400°F, and place the empty skillet in to heat up.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until the batter is evenly mixed.
  • Throw a tablespoon of butter into the hot skillet let it melt then give it a swirl to coat the pan.
  • Carefully pour the cornbread mixture into the hot skillet. Close the lid and cook for 25 minutes. Check for doneness at this point. You’re looking for a golden brown top and to be able to stick a toothpick or fork in the center and it comes out clean. It can take anywhere from 25-45 minutes.
  • Once your cornbread is cooked, spread some of the honey butter over the top. Serve what is left on the side with the cornbread.

Honey Butter

  • Mix the softened butter with the honey. You want the honey and butter to be completely combined.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg
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