Finishing his tour of duty in Korea in 1968, Mess Sergeant C.B. Stubblefield returned to Lubbock, Texas and promptly opened his eponymous BBQ restaurant, where little by little word spread of his legendary sauces and impromptu drop-in performances by up-and-coming musicians like Joe Ely and country star Tom T. Hall. With an appearance on David Letterman’s Tonight Show, a move to much larger premises in Austin, a purpose-built performance auditorium, an extensive range of bottled sauces and marinades, and diners that run the gamut from film stars to politicians and presidents, the stage was set, so to speak, for further expansion.
February 2013 saw the opening of Stubbs in Shanghai, and while it’s a city not especially known for its BBQ experience, Stubbs ‘Shanghai-style’ incorporates the faithfully recreated and famed Austin bar, plus a warm, redolent interior of brick and wood, home smoker, small stage for live music plus the full tour de force of Stubbs menu choices from smoked brisket to pulled pork and chicken, as well as ribs, burgers and even mac n’ cheese for the meat-challenged. But don’t ask what the secret recipe of the sauces is, Mr Stubblefield always replies ‘love and happiness’! Yee ha!