Yes this is a very old fashion way of making cornbread with that nice old fashion flavor that comes from pouring the batter into the hot lard (bacon grease in our case). I made as written and liked that this recipe called for an 8-inch cast iron skillet. This is not an overly sweet bread and yes it was perfectly right at the 15 minute mark. Thanks for the post.
I loved this cornbread! The method is a bit different from the way I've made cornbread in the past but the end result had a very nice crumb without any grittiness. I used a bit of lemon juice to sour my milk and followed the directions as written.