The late pitmaster, chef, music patron and industry leader, C.B. Stubblefield, will be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame during the 2019 American Royal World Series of Barbecue at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sept. 14.
Son of a minister and sharecropper, Stubblefield was born in Navasota in 1931 and died of heart failure in 1995.
Creator of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauce and founder Stubb’s restaurant, formerly of Lubbock, now namesake for a separate eatery and catering business that includes a Red River Street music stalwart in Austin, Stubblefield, know as “Stubb,” served as mess sergeant in the last all-black Army regiment during the Korean War. After the war he moved to Lubbock, where he opened a restaurant in 1968, then he sold his namesake barbecue sauce, using whiskey bottles and jam jars and corking each container with a jalapeño.
He later moved to Austin and served barbecue at Antone’s nightclub before opening his own space at 4001 N. Interstate 35 in 1986. He closed that location in 1989. After his death in 1995, he was inducted into the Austin Music Memorial in 2009.
In 2016, Maryland-based McCormick & Co. agreed to buy One World Foods Inc., seller of Stubb’s barbecue sauces, for $100 million, leaving its headquarters in Austin. Also that year, the owners of Stubb’s restaurants and the makers of Stubb’s sauces and marinades got into a food fight over possible consumer confusion over their names. They came to an agreement in 2017, with the restaurant company saying it would phase out “its use and display of various Stubb’s trademarks,” including the names of some of its restaurants.