Hot Sauce

Five years after the death of its namesake, Stubb's Legendary Kitchen still has the ingredients of success.
Hot Sauce
Message in a bottle: The secret is "love and happiness."

In the summer of 1991 West Texas barbecue guru C. B. “Stubb” Stubblefield got word that he’d been invited to appear on Late Night With David Letterman. Unfamiliar with the crotchety TV personality, the chef and restaurateur watched his talk show every night for three weeks to get a feel for him. His assessment of Letterman was simple. “Not a very nice man,” he told musician Joe Ely, one of his best friends from Lubbock. “He treats people really bad, but I’ve just about got him figured out.”

When the day came, Stubb’s approach to dealing with Letterman was a respectful form of intimidation wrapped in old-fashioned Lone Star charm. As if his towering frame and cowboy getup weren’t imposing enough, his greeting doubled as a warning. “The eyes of Texas are upon you, sir,” he said, as if to suggest that the whole state was watching, so you’d better behave yourself. For the

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