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overhead of cornbread stuffing in a skillet with butter

Bourbon Bacon Cornbread Stuffing

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.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon cornbread stuffing, cornbread stuffing, easy cornbread stuffing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 359kcal
Author Lauren


  • 1 package cornbread stuffing mix 12-ounce bag
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 6 strips bacon chopped
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup


  • Chop. Dice the celery and onion, set aside.  Chop bacon into small pieces for easy cooking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg