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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Joe Hubbert


Joe Hubbert coached football for twenty-eight years. He spent twenty of those years coaching the high school team in his hometown of Winfield, Alabama. He was named to the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Before he retired as a coach, Joe got into barbecue. In 1987 he began selling the Boston butts he smoked at home. Just a side-business at first, it soon grew into a full-fledged restaurant. For years, the Boar’s Butt was known as a place for great barbecue, steaks, and chicken. He sold the Boar’s Butt in 2005. Soon after, the restaurant burned. The new owner has rebuilt but to Joe, it will never be the same. His years of coaching and his relationship with the community of Winfield made the Boar’s Butt something special. Decorated with team photographs, newspaper articles, and other memorabilia, the Boar’s Butt of his day was a shrine of sorts. Today, the Boar’s Butt is open again under the new owner. But Joe Hubbert keeps his memories and his barbecue at home.

The Boar’s Butt is currently owned by John Evers.

Date of interview:
2006-09-28 00:00

Interviewer:
Amy Evans

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