Dana Point BBQ championships dishes up record funds for military

DANA POINT – For Jacinto Torres it was a labor of love.

For eight hours on Saturday he grilled nearly 200 pounds of teriyaki chicken and beef while thousands of hungry barbecue lovers waited in line for their $2 samples at the Dana Point State BBQ Championships.

“I like cooking,” the Costa Mesa man said. “All the people were giving me compliments. Even when I got tired, it didn’t matter. If you enjoy what you’re doing, at the end of the day you leave with a good feeling.”

Torres, who cooked for the People’s Choice category, was part of Team Woodshed. The Orange-based firewood company provides premium firewood and gourmet cooking wood to restaurants throughout Southern California, including Lucille’s BBQ, Banderas and Dickeys in Orange County. The most popular cooking woods are red oak and almond wood, said Torres, the company’s longtime…

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