Bill Ellis, founder of Bill Ellis BBQ, poses with one of his trucks in 1987. Ellis died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at age 83.
Bill Ellis, founder of Bill Ellis BBQ, poses with one of his trucks in 1987. Ellis died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at age 83. News & Observer file photo
Bill Ellis, founder of Bill Ellis BBQ, poses with one of his trucks in 1987. Ellis died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at age 83. News & Observer file photo

Drew Jackson writes about restaurants and dining for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun, covering the food scene in the Triangle and North Carolina.