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VISTA (CBS 8) - Anyone who travels on SR-78 on weekends can't help notice smoke coming from a Vista food market.

From 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning until late Sunday night, there is a constant stream of visible vapor, wafting up from the parking lot.

Where there's smoke, there's bar-b-que. Anybody who travels Highway 78 on weekends has seen the plume rising from the parking lot of the primo foods.

“This is the area where we do barbecuing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said Barry Campos.

Eight years ago, when Barry started firing up the grill, this was nothing but a smoke screen.

“When we first started, we were doing it to do a little smoke and get people interested in and then I said, ‘you know what I think we can do something that will make some money and bring some real customers,’” continued Barry.

Now these smokers are cranking out 500 to 800 pounds of meat a day - slowly cooked over mesquite charcoal.

“That puts a nice mesquite flavor into everything that we cook,” said Barry.

Meanwhile in the kitchen, Dan Gomez is the boss with the secret sauce.

“We'll let you know that honey goes in there and garlic. We can't tell you much more,” noted Dan.

But weekends here aren't just about meats. Stacie Smith explains that Primo Market makes a wide array of ceviche.

“We have serrano chili ceviche. We have cayenne pepper ceviche. We have avocado ceviche, regular ceviche and for those daring we have octopus ceviche,” explained Stacie.

So any Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as you travelling the 78, just follow the smoke signals to Primo Foods. There you will find a hazy array of mesquite fired meats that have long been North County weekend treats - a tasty Vista tradition.

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