jafoesq, welcome to SMF! It's not the heat that drove me nuts when I lived back east in eastern TN, it was the humidity. It gets hot here in NorCal (100 to 110 happens often) but the humidity rarely gets over 50%, and it isn't unusual to see humidity in the teens when it is that hot.
As far as Q, California is the land of grillin' not smok'n, but those of us with both grills and smokers know how to put them through their paces. The nice thing about not having a "regional" flavor is we take the best of everywhere and mix it up with pork, beef, poultry, lamb, etc, whatever the mood. I do have some exceptionally fine memories though of Q in South Texas served on butcher paper, green onions, red checkered tablecloths with quart-sized mason jars of iced tea.