“Is Stubb a real person?” I have been asked a lot of questions throughout the years from, “What is the secret ingredient?” to, “What is your favorite sauce?” However, the one question at the top of the list is, “Is Stubb a real person?”
When I think about my granddad’s life it reminds me of the movie Forrest Gump. Forrest was a simple guy and no one expected much from him. However, he was able to achieve great things in his life. Through the course of Stubb’s life, he had some great experiences. He served in the military and received a Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster. He opened a BBQ restaurant in Lubbock, Texas. He had the privilege of being on the David Letterman show. Many of his friends were great musicians and some were even considered rock stars. He was even able to serve his great BBQ to celebrities. President Jimmy Carter, Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones are just a few on that list.
My granddad had many great experiences in his life. But when talking to friends and family he had one simple sentence to describe himself. “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m a cook”. So, when I am asked if Stubb is a real person, I just keep it simple. I tell everyone that if he wasn’t real, then I wouldn’t be real.