San Dieguito Heritage Museum to host 28th Annual Deep Pit BBQ May 21


Come celebrate our local heritage at the 28th Annual Deep Pit BBQ on Saturday, May 21, from noon- 3 p.m. Bring the kids and grandparents out to the “Ranch” to enjoy some succulent deep-pit BBQ, local craft brews, a petting zoo, kids’ games, photo ops, and live music by the band, “Two of Us Plus One,” a silent auction, bake sale and more.

The Deep Pit BBQ has become a community tradition. The meal includes slow-roasted beef, rolls, beans, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, and green salad. Wash it down with a local craft beer or wine. We also have soft drinks and water available. For dessert, you can purchase some delicious baked goods from the Bake Sale!

The annual event follows the early Mexican tradition begun locally in the late 1800s when the German settlers of the Olivenhain Colony learned the deep-pit barbecue style from the vaqueros, their cattle-herding neighbors. Adding their own home-grown lima beans and delicious desserts, these early homesteaders passed the old family recipes which have been passed down through the generations.

The famous ritual continues at this year’s barbecue, as the loyal longtime crew slowly roasts the tender beef all night over hot coals in a deep covered underground pit. Staying up all night while poking at the fire, reminiscing, and looking at the stars is a much sought-after job! Cooking barbecue slowly in a deep pit is the perfect technique to cook beef to its tastiest and most succulent level. The Deep Pit BBQ has become a community tradition as friends and families, new and old, enjoy visiting with each other, learning about our local history, and eating great food!

There will be a fun-and-games zone for the kids, old-time photo ops, a silent auction, an opportunity drawing (you might win $100 cash), the soft classic rock band, ”Two of Us Plus One,” featuring music from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and more, tours of the Museum, the old Del Mar fire engine, and the Museum’s stagecoach and Model T. You can sign up for a tour of the Teten House, dating back to the 1800’s and one of the original homes in Olivenhain. And you might find a treasure or a new T-shirt at the Museum Store. There’s something for everyone!

Tickets are $25 for adults in advance ($30 at the door); $15 for teens 13-17; $7 for children 5-12, and children under 5 are free. Food is served from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Deep Pit BBQ will be held at the Museum at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Tickets for the event are available at the Museum or on the Museum website For additional information, call 760-632-9711. Please RSVP at