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My husband fought me on purchasing our smoker. I may have a history of buying things I never use. I don’t love the outdoors (Bugs and dust? No thanks.) so he kept saying “I just can’t see you outside standing over a smoker all Summer.” Well, he was wrong on this one, and he’s pretty glad we took a gamble, because that thing gets used DAILY. My favorite aspect of a smoker is how diverse it is. Not just for meat, you can impart smoky goodness onto anything. I’ve partnered with Colman’s Mustard to bring you this zesty Smoked Cheddar Apple Cornbread.

Mustard in cornbread? Sounds weird you might say to yourself. Try it, and you’ll be making this recipe again and again. The mustard powder brings out the other flavors in the bread, complimenting the sweet apples, and savory cheddar. It adds a depth of flavor, especially when smoked with some Mesquite pellets. You could also use Apple pellets to enhance the apple in the recipe.

smoked apple cheddar cornbread

Made with a combination of white and brown mustard seeds, Colman’s dry mustard powder is the perfect blend of mild and spice. Equal parts powder and equal parts water will get you fresh mustard, or you can be a bit more creative. It’s versatile, and has more uses than a simple cookout condiment. It’s great for vinaigrettes, meat rubs, and pretty much anything you want to give a tiny kick to (Or a big kick, whatever).

I added Colman’s mustard powder to my favorite cornbread recipe, threw it in the smoker, and made some serious summertime magic.

***You don’t need a smoker to make this apple cheddar cornbread. You can absolutely cook it inside a regular propane grill, or an oven. But, if you do have a smoker, I highly recommend utilizing it.

I shared this cornbread at a neighborhood BBQ and boy it was gobbled up fast. The best way to grab your own mustard powder is to go through Ibotta, and get cash back. I’ve been using Ibotta for a couple years now, and it’s definitely fun to claim money every few months just for buying groceries.

This cornbread is best served up with plenty of butter. If you’re a fan of apple butter, that a great option for additional sweetness. Another fun twist is some finely chopped jalapeno. This recipe is truly as versatile as the mustard powder itself, don’t be afraid to play around and have fun!

Smoked Cheddar-Apple Cornbread

An All-American twist on an All-American dish. Sweet and savory, and ULTRA moist, this is a recipe you'll make again and again.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16 people


  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Green Apple Chopped into Tiny Cubes
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese Grated
  • 1/2 Cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Cup Butter Melted
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 TBS Baking Powder
  • 1 TBS Colman's Mustard Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt


  • Preheat oven or smoker to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet or a 9×13 pan with a thick layer of butter.
  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, leaving out the cheese and apples.
  • In another bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients until just blended, then gently fold in cheese and apples.
  • Bake for 35 minutes. (Depending on your altitude, it might take up to 45 minutes. You'll know it's done when a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.)


*The mustard in this recipe gives the cornbread a delightful tangy zest, without overpowering the flavor. Colman’s Mustard Powder is available on Amazon.
*Add jalapeno for a twist, or top with apple butter to enhance the sweetness.
Keyword cheddar apple cornbread, cornbread, cornbread recipe, southern cornbread

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I had so much fun developing this recipe, I hope you enjoy eating it. If you’re looking for other ways to use your dry mustard powder, check this game day cheese dip out.

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