OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert On Her Smokehouse & Grandma’s Cornbread Dressing

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Miranda Lambert only takes her barbecue one way: seriously. That’s what she told Southern Living magazine in their paper napkin interview in the recent issue. (It’s the issue that has the pumpkin-pecan cheesecake on the cover, which I have in my oven right this minute). Lambert says, “My family jokes that my smokehouse is nicer than my actual house. And we have a signature sweet red sauce — it comes from my papaw’s time working as a cook in the Army.” So we know what’s for dinner if we go down to Lambert’s house. There might even be some of her grandmother’s cornbread dressing. “I’ve never met anyone who can top it,” Lambert admits. “She gave me the recipe and swears that’s all there is to it, but there’s some secret step I can’t seem to figure out.” And when she does actually leave the home cooking behind and goes out to a restaurant or bar, guess what Lambert writes on the napkins. Song lyrics. “If an idea comes to me in a bar, I jot it down on a napkin and stuff it in my pocket,” she said.

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