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Christopher "Stubb" Stubblefield was born in Navasota, TX. One of nine sons from a pair of cooking parents, Stubb had famously big hands and a famously friendly smile. In the 1930s Stubb's family went to Lubbock, TX, to pick cotton, and it was around this time that Stubb honed his cooking skills at local restaurants and hotels.
Stubb eventually got out of Lubbock by entering the military. He served as a staff sergeant in the 96th Field Artillery, which was the last all-black army infantry. During the Korean War, Stubb was a gunner and respected leader, and he used this time in the army to master his cooking skills by overseeing the meals for up to 10,000 soldiers. In 1968 Stubb returned to Lubbock and opened his first restaurant. Cooking barbecue in the hickory pit behind his house, Stubb invented what would become his legendary Bar-B-Q.
In the 1970s Stubb's restaurant became another stop on the explosive music scene in Austin. Musicians like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Joe Ely, Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and Linda Ronstadt all played at Stubbs, probably with their bellies full of Bar-B-Q.
Today, Stubb's still rocks out on the Austin music scene with performers from Tyler the Creator to Ed Sheeran. The Stubb's restaurant might just be a small barbecue joint, but its taste and sound are huge.
Cover Photo Credit: @stubbsaustin via Instagram