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overhead of cornbread stuffing in a skillet with butter

Bourbon Bacon Cornbread Stuffing

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Traditionally cornbread stuffing gets a sweet and savory twist!  Warming bourbon, savory bacon, and sweet maple add lots of flavor while still keeping this bacon cornbread stuffing simple to make.



  • 1 12-ounce package cornbread stuffing mix
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 6 strips bacon, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup


  1. Chop. Dice the celery and onion, set aside.  Chop bacon into small pieces for easy cooking.
  2. Sauté. In a large saucepan or deep-sided skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Cook the chopped bacon until crisp, about 3 minutes.  Melt the butter in the pan and add the vegetables.  Stirring occasionally, cook until the vegetables are fork-tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and add the bourbon to the pan.  Cook for 2 minutes or until the liquid starts to reduce.  Mix in the maple syrup and chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat.
  4. Toss. Once the liquid is at a boil, remove from heat and gently mix in the cornbread stuffing mix.  Cover for 2 to 3 minutes and fluff with a fork before serving.


  • I like to use the Pepperidge Farm brand for stuffing mix, but use whatever you can find/your preference.  As long as it’s 12-ounces and dry throughout, the recipe will work.
  • For dryer stuffing don’t cover after adding in the cornbread stuffing mix.
  • If omitting the bourbon or maple, replace it with additional chicken stock.
  • Vegetables and bacon can be cooked in advance.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cornbread stuffing, bacon cornbread stuffing, easy cornbread stuffing

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