Over thirty-five years ago, Lee Willis a postal worker, decided to create a unique steel barrel barbecue sauce (cooking sauce) grill. Out of his love for grilling, he wanted to create a grill that would meet his specific grilling specifications. The first grill that he made was for him and his family. This grill was unique because it wasn’t built like a traditional steel barrel BBQ grill. The second grill he made was a wedding gift for a neighbor. Not long after seeing these grills, people were placing orders for them. As a result, he began making custom grills for customers and took on the name "Willis Grills - Grill by Will"