Sandra Mull is right. Never even a pinch of sugar in cornbread or in cornbread dressing, Sugar. Never, ever! Ruins it. Save it for the tea.
This is cornbread, but it’s not southern cornbread. Real southern cornbread contains self-rising cornmeal, not mix, no flour, and no sugar. And, while butter is optional, bacon grease is not because it is the real-deal shortening.