Cornbread, Cook-offs, and Recipes


Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off

Come out and see the 2024 National Cornbread Cook-off! The top ten finalists will be announced and will join us in South Pittsburg to go head to head to determine this year’s champion!

Each year we search the nation for the best original main dish cornbread recipes. This year we will host the 26th Annual Lodge® Cast Iron National Cornbread Cook-Off, sponsored by Lodge® Cast Iron and Bush’s®.

Recipe entries require the original main dish/entree/main course recipe is prepared and cooked in Lodge® Cast Iron cookware. The ten finalists chosen must compete during the National Cornbread Festival® on April 27th, 2024 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

The Cook-Off champion will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a 30-inch stainless steel gas range (a $3,250 value) from FiveStar® Professional Cooking Equipment, and special gifts from Lodge® Cast Iron.

Second place wins $1500 and third place receives $1,000! The remaining two finalists walk away with $150. All finalists receive up to $500 travel reimbursement and a gift basket courtesy of Lodge® Cast Iron.

Complete National Cornbread 2024 Cook-Off Rules 

Cook-off entries Closed


Cook-off Sponsors


4-H Cook-Off

The 4-H Cook-Off is open to all 4th-grade 4-H youth. Finalists compete to take home a $500 first place prize. The competition takes place on April 28th, 2024 on the Lodge Cast Iron Cook-Off stage. Check out last year’s finalists…