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The Wrangler Family Barbeque: A slice for life

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - Let's get one thing straight. This is The Wrangler Family Barbeque on El Cajon Boulevard. There are other wranglers, but only this East County landmark has J.R. Henderson.

"I started here in 1967," he said.

But by then, the Hoover High School graduate was already a barbeque veteran.

"I went to work for The Barbeque Pit, and that was back in '53, that's when I was 10 years old," J.R. said.

Today, a week shy of age 70, he's still on the job six days a week.

In 2001, J.R. bought The Wrangler from its only other owner. He stays on the job for one reason.

"Seeing the customers repeat. I mean repeat -- I mean about three or four times a week," he said.

Now folks will argue barbeque all day long. Everybody has their favorite place. But few have more loyal customers than J.R.

"I've been coming to The Wrangler Family Barbeque, since I was a kid, probably seven years old. I'm 54 now," a customer said.

At The Wrangler, the only thing older than J.R. is the oak-burning smoker.

"It's been touched up one time, since '65," he said.

The demand keeps it constantly smoking, and most of what comes out of it is cut by The Wrangler Family Barbeque's slicer for life.

The Wrangler Family Barbeque
901 El Cajon Boulevard
(619) 442-1170

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