Originally Posted by Spats
Although I've never been to Lubbock, of course the Lubbockians are a big part of Austin culture. Many years ago the Austin Chronicle was running a couple of bits saying "look out Austin, Stubbs is coming, he's beloved of Joe Ely et al, and he'll kick butt in Austin BBQ." Well, one sunny hot morning I was down at the scrap metal yard at 4th and Waller when a black man about 6'-4" and wearing a long sleeve denim shirt (we all wore t-shirts then) approached me and asked, "son, where do they have iron, I'm looking for a large steel drum or tank?" (that yard we were in only handled non-ferrous metals). I instantly recognized him from his picture in the Chron, realized he wanted the drum to make a "pit" out of, and I directed him to the two ferrous metal yards in town. It seems like it wasn't long after that he died, prematurely before ever really getting his joint going in Austin. I always wondered if he at least got that pit built with my tiny contribution. Later the Stubbs name was somehow aquired by "the man" and mediocre food, a nightclub, and nationally distributed bottled sauce was the outcome. I hope his heirs get a piece of the action.
that's stubb. he'd drive all the way to tennessee every couple months to pick up hickory because he didn't trust a vendor. the business thing actually worked out ok for him. it started, actually, because he was having a hard time making rent, so Joe, terry allen, some other lubbock guys and me started chipping in $100 a month to help him out. as a thank you, he bottled up a bunch of sauce (in used whiskey bottles) and sent them to us for christmas (i've still got 2 of them ... will never open them ... am thinking of making a cornell box with them and an old menu). the money guys came in right before he got sick. joe lined up representation and stubb at least made enough money to be comfortable for the last year of his life. as for heirs ... i'm not sure how that worked out. he had been separated from his wife for 20 years (no divorce, didn't believe in divorce), and was estranged from his kids. his real family was joe ely, terry allen, jesse taylor and a few other musicians.
we used to do annual stubb benefit concerts in lubbock and in austin and the lineup was always amazing ... stevie ray vaughn, los lobos, george thorogood, ely, flatlanders separate and togther, it was very cool. anyway, thanks for the trip down memory lane. it is somewhat on topic since he really is the kind of guy people think about what they say "pitmaster"
also: look at the stubbs website and there is a cd of him giving bbq recipes. almost completely uninformative, but it's him doing his thing over a great blues background. i gave it to thomas keller for christmas one year.