Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl spent 24 hours barbecuing for more than 450 homeless L.A. residents during a marathon volunteer shift at Hope the Mission.

The beloved rock star showed up to the rescue mission and shelter with enormous smokers and a truck stuffed with “an obscene amount of food,” according to Hope the Mission President and Chief Financial Officer Rowan Vansleve. He took time to help trim the “thousands of dollars worth” of ribs, brisket, and pork butt to get them ready for the smokers.

“He turns up at 6 p.m., and this meat truck gets delivered,” Vansleve told The Los Angeles Times. “And he is in there by himself in our little food-prep area, trimming the fat off [the meat], making sure every single one’s perfect. He’s got all of his mates together. They’re backing in these giant smokers.”

Grohl was also sure to spend time connecting both with guests staying at the shelter and with fellow volunteers.

“There’s this megastar walking around hugging and just loving on people,” Vansleve described. “Then he starts to light all the fires at about 11p.m., and this is when the massive storm hit. … So he’s out there last Wednesday through to Thursday. So it’s pouring down, the area’s flooded. And he stayed out there from midnight until I think it was 6 a.m. when the meat stopped resting.”

After a long, wet night, Grohl was still game to serve the food with a smile, inviting his family and friends to join him. He then helped scrub the kitchen and asked about coming back to do it all again.

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