In a world of pre-fab mini-malls, where restaurants turn over annually, it’s pure pleasure to see a place that’s stood the test of time. Pecos Bill’s Bar-B-Q was built brick by brick by Bill Stenzel back in 1946 with a fabulous wood-burning oven as the cornerstone of this 10-by-10-foot space.
He came from Oklahoma by way of Tennessee armed with family recipes, old school barbecue know-how and a desire to share his passion for slow-cooked Okie barbecue. His grandson Owen Stenzel and wife, Eva, carry on the tradition today and we’re the luckier for it.
Back in ’46, a walnut grove filled the lot next door. So Bill used walnut wood to smoke his meats. Nowadays, Owen and Eva, use whatever wood the arborist brings, typically hard fruit woods like plum, peach and citrus from Glendale homeowners who no longer want the overgrown trees in their yard.