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Back in 1966, the Olson family started selling quality firewood out of their wood-yard in Escondido, CA. It was a trade that had been graciously passed down from generation to generation. Eventually, Steve Olson--owner of Mike’s BBQ--carried on that legacy, working his fingers to the bone and manning avocado groves for over 30 years. In doing so, he sought to provide a strong foundation for his wife and three daughters while simultaneously passing down the same great values instilled in him by his parents. Today, Olson Firewood remains a thriving business, happily servicing San Diego county.

a dog sitting in front of a pile of wood

In addition to a deep-rooted respect for firewood, Steve also held a love for the bar and restaurant industry. In the 1980s, Steve and his wife even opened a small bar in Ramona, CA. Later, knowing there was a local need for classic BBQ, Steve secured the opportunity to once again serve the community. He wanted this particular establishment to be the hub of hospitality, providing a place to... 

• Come together as a community 

• Drink cold beer after a long day 

• Sip soda-pop and eat delicious BBQ after little league games 

• Watch & cheer on sports teams 

• Bring family and meet-up with friends

Essentially, the Olson Family wanted a place that everyone in Escondido could call their spot. During the early stages of opening the establishment, the Olson’s suffered a loss in the family. Their nephew, Mike Schneider, passed away at the age of 16. It was a difficult time, but what came easy was the decision to keep his name alive. Thus, Mike’s BBQ was born. The doors opened in 2011, and they’ve been serving the best quality food and beverage ever since. One of the most significant values held at Mike’s BBQ is the commitment to the community. The Olson family strives to work with as many local vendors as possible. They also highlight and support local breweries, contract with local tradesmen for building maintenance, hire within the community, support local sports leagues/teams, and local athletes. Not surprisingly, Mike’s BBQ is proud to use Olson Firewood straight from their very own wood-yard. Cooked over a mesquite wood grill, their BBQ remains a step above the rest, both in quality and care. Wood is available for purchase. For more information, visit www.firewoodinsandiego.com.

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While this may be the Olson Family story, none of it would be possible without the wonderful customers and community support. 

“Thank you for allowing us to serve you all these years. We hope for many more to come!” --The Olson Family

Our Team