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Wood-smoked BBQ fired up night in annual town tradition featuring slow-cooked beef, beer garden, live Western music, cash prize darwing, vendor booth, kids' activities and more


By Valerie Watts

August 9, 2017 (Descanso) --Ready for a nostalgic mountain community bash on Labor Day weekend?  Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Descanso invites you to their 80th annual deep pit barbecue. 

This family-friendly event will be held the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, September 3, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 9163 Riverside Drive.

The menu features their famous hand-wrapped deep pit barbecue beef, mountain ranch beans, handcrafted slaw and western rolls.  It doesn't stop there-- they also offer home made apple pie, "drinks galore" and more.

For the adults, there's a beer garden and the opportunity to try their luck with the drawing.  The grand prize winner takes home a cool $1,000.00.

For the kids, games and crafts are on hand.

The entire family will enjoy perusing the vendor booths and Grandma's Attic Treasures and they can boot-scoot to the sounds of Smith & Western, the featured band. 

Not too many of us have been around for 80 years.  Imagine, this event has been a part of the Descanso community since the Great Depression. 

Preparing the deep pit barbecue is a community event on its own.  Early afternoon the day before, parishioners light two cords of oak firewood to prepare the coals.  The coals take about 8 hours to get just right.   In the interim, the meat is put into 25 pound bundles, seasoned, wrapped in two layers of muslin and burlap, and fastened with wire.  At around 10 at night the bundles are placed on the coals, covered with more coals and dirt is shoveled on top.  Thirteen hours later, the slow-cooked, savory parcels are ready for the feast.

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