Christopher B. "Stubb" Stubblefield
|Christopher B. "Stubb" Stubblefield|
|Born||Christopher B. Stubblefield, Sr.
March 7, 1931
Navasota, Texas, U.S.
|Died||May 27, 1995(aged 64)|
Christopher B. "Stubb" Stubblefield, Sr. (March 7, 1931 – May 27, 1995) was an American barbecue restaurateur and music patron known for his barbecue sauces, rubs, and marinades distributed nationally by Stubb’s Legendary Kitchen, Inc.
Early life and career
Born in Navasota, Texas, Stubblefield was one of 12 children, 9 boys and three girls. His family moved to Lubbock, Texas in the 1930s, where his father was a minister and sharecropper. Stubblefield was employed in his youth as a cotton picker. He later served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where after being injured, he moved to the mess hall where he prepared meals for soldiers. After he left the Army, Stubblefield moved back to Lubbock.
In Lubbock, Stubblefield found a mentor in barbecue restaurateur Amos Gamel. From Gamel, Stubblefield learned the art of smoking meats and complementing barbecue with sauce.
In 1968, he opened his first restaurant, “Stubb's Bar-B-Q” at 108 East Broadway in Lubbock. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the Sunday Night Jams held in his small restaurant hosted such musicians as Terry Allen, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Tom T. Hall, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Jessie "Guitar" Taylor, George Thorogood, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Muddy Waters. Regardless of who was playing, Stubb would get up on stage and sing "Summertime" before the evening was done.
Stubb's original restaurant closed in the early '80s. The building was demolished and never rebuilt. He relocated to Austin and in 1984 began selling barbecue at the blues joint Antone’s. He later set up his own restaurant off Highway 35 in Austin which closed down in the late '80s.
In 1990, Stubblefield set up Stubb’s Legendary Kitchen with partners to sell barbecue sauce at grocery stores. The company survived his death in 1995 and continues to sell his Original and Spicy barbecue sauce, as well as marinades, rubs, and other barbecue sauce flavors nationwide. In 1993, he also opened a new restaurant and music venue in Lubbock at 19th and I-27.
Stubb died in Austin in 1995 of congestive heart failure, and the new Lubbock restaurant location was closed shortly afterwards. A memorial to Stubblefield was realized in 1999 when a bronze statue by his friend Terry Allen was dedicated on the site of his first restaurant. Stubblefield is depicted holding a platter of barbecue in one hand with his other hand open welcoming patrons to his restaurant. Small plaques are set into what remains of the floor of the restaurant showing the locations of the kitchen, cash register, restrooms, etc.
A year after his death, Stubb's restaurant reopened at 801 Red River in Austin as a restaurant and live music venue. It has hosted musicians James Brown, Snoop Dogg, Foo Fighters, Cold War Kids, Metallica, Willie Nelson, G. Love & Special Sauce, R.E.M., and Ween, along with many others.
Death and legacy
- Olson, Mary Beth. "Stubblefield, Christopher B., Sr.". The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). Retrieved 2014-07-27.
- "Austin Music Memorial". Texas Music Office. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
- Lubbock pays tribute to Stubb - from Lubbockonline.com
- Ely to perform musical tribute at Stubb's statue - from Lubbockonline.com
- Stubb's BBQ Austin (Restaurant & live music venue)
- Stubb's BBQ (Barbecue-related products such as BBQ sauce)
- David Sifford (March 13, 2004). "C.B. "Stubbs" Stubblefield". Owner, Stubb's Bar-B-Q. Find a Grave. Retrieved November 11, 2011.