Stubbs BBQ

801 Red River St Austin

City of Austin
Written By City of Austin

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Stubbs is the jewel in the crown of what is already an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the music venues that make up the Red River Cultural District. At once down home and world famous, intimate but capable of hosting large raucous shows, Stubbs is as unique as its founder.

"Stubb" was born Christopher B. Stubblefield in Navasota Texas in 1931. Inheriting a family love for cooking, he honed his cooking skills during his time in the army by rustling up food for thousands of soldiers at a time. Returning from the war "Stubb" opened his first BBQ joint in Lubbock, which quickly became a haven to musicians and featured many impromptu shows by music luminaries like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters among others.

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Seeing the unique musical scene that was flourishing in Austin, and facing financial troubles in Lubbock "Stubb" picked up and moved his operation to the capital city in the mid 80's. He picked up where he left off in Lubbock, and after a brief stint cooking at the blues club Antone's, he was back to making his signature brisket and sausage at his own joint. The musicians and local acclimation soon followed.

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While Stubbs was becoming one of the most legendary music venues in the Lone Star State, "Stubb" was working on marketing his famous BBQ sauce. The first bottles were sauce poured in old Jack Daniels bottles and sold with a free blues cassette. Now the brand is one of the most successful BBQ sauces in the US.

These days Stubb's is a venue that caters to a wide variety of touring acts and local musicians. Some legendary establishments stray into nostalgia and kitch, but Stubb's has remained as cutting edge and lively as the first day it opened, staying true to the vision of its fabled founder. Like a great many other Austin legends, he was not born an Austonian but when he brought his East Texas cooking, his West Texas musical sensibility, and his down home BBQ brilliance, he changed the city irrevocably and for the better.

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