My name is William (Bill) Hazel, Chicago born and raised on the city’s South Side. As a way to relax, I began grilling on weekends after coming home off the road as a truck driver.
Then, after I experienced a career-ending accident, my wife (Jorie Henton-Hazel) and I decided to start a business cooking full-time. To our amazement, it was a success and still is. So much so that we have a barbecue sauce my wife created called 2am (because that’s when it was finished), which is sold in select Whole Foods markets.
As a husband, father, and musician, I find that having God as my Source and Guide is very key. There are times when I have no clue as to what to do, so at those moments I get very quiet and still so I can hear what God is saying. He gets me focused and keeps me excited about the work of blessing his people with great food and service. There is absolutely no way to make this happen without Him. I am often referred to as “Mr. No Sauce At All” because when it’s done right, you don’t actually need any sauce.
From a young age, I have been in the food service industry in one capacity or another, so what was once a hobby and Zen moment has become a passion. When you eat Bill’s Grill, you eat a piece of my happiness because it provides people with what I love to do, which is grilling. I get a natural high when people enjoy what I have prepared. It is truly a labor of love!
One Scripture I lean on comes from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 3:10
Grilled Pineapple Recipe
- 1 12/15oz canned pineapple chunks
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat grill or flat top grill or skillet, melt butter with drained pineapples. Add in seasonings and extract. Grill for 7-10 minutes or until caramelized. Serve immediately and enjoy!!