I began by making the bacon drippings.
Since I’d never made bacon drippings before, I read this CookingLight article for tips before I got started. Then I cut my bacon into small pieces and spread them out on my 9-inch skillet, allowing everything to render evenly.
I cooked my bacon over medium-low heat until the pieces turned crispy. Once I could see plenty of drippings at the bottom of the skillet, I removed the pieces and set them aside to eat with my corn bread once it was ready.
Parton said the skillet should be covered with extra bacon drippings, so I didn’t wipe it clean after I finished cooking.