After many times of trial and error, this is the recipe that will put a smile on my southern man's face every time!
2 cups Self-Rising Cornmeal
1/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/3 - 1 1/2 cup buttermilk (to desired consistency)
2 Tablespoons oil to grease skillet
*** NOTE: To be TRULLY southern, replace the oil with bacon drippings -- both to grease the skillet, as well as in the cornbread mix itself!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put approximately 2 Tablespoons oil in cast iron skillet and place in oven to preheat.
Mix first 4 ingredients together.
Remove preheated skillet from oven and tilt skillet to allow oil to coat bottom and sides of iron skillet well.
Bake in 425 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes.
Slice and serve.
My family loves it with honey. (This is one of my taste testers.)