Temples of BBQ

Temples of BBQ is the Big Boy’s guide to the Temples of BBQ across the USA. "Temples" won the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2016 for Best BBQ Cookbook in the World.

Join Lance Rosen and his family on the BBQ road trip of a lifetime through the Southern and Midwest states. They drove over 6000 kilometres in 26 days and ate at 69 BBQ and soul food joints. They focused on the true Temples of BBQ, where the pitmasters are like preachers with their own congregation of followers.

Gourmand Winner

American BBQ is as regional in its styles as wine is in France or pasta is in Italy. Temples of BBQ explains the differences in the regions, shows you where to go, what to eat and then gives you the recipes and techniques to create the perfect BBQ and soul food at home… wherever that may be. It is as much a travel guide as a recipe book.

Welcome to the world of real BBQ – Hallelujah.


Temples of BBQ includes over 60 BBQ recipes to make at home, illustrated by Dean Cambrays stunning food photography. Here are three recipes to whet your appetite.

“Lance sets a new standard, the Rosen standard of smoked BBQ. He knows every pit and smokehouse from Alabama to New York and he’s a man you can trust to know about great, wholesome and truly delicious food.”

– Gary Mehigan

Look inside

Buy the Book

Temples of BBQ book Gourmand Winner
  • 366 pages plus covers
  • Over 60 BBQ recipes to make at home
  • Signed by the author
  • $49.00 + shipping

Temples of BBQ won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best BBQ cookbook in the World in 2016. Temples is also available in all Big Boy BBQ stores ( and the best BBQ stores around Australia.

Cooking Classes

Lance’s Beginners BBQ Class PLUS

Join the pioneer of Low and Slow BBQ in Australia and award winning Temples of BBQ cookbook author, Mr Big Boy BBQ, Lance Rosen for a 3.5 – 4 hour demonstration class with sample tastings of the food that we prepare. Starting at midday and finishing when all questions have been asked and answered.

You will learn about different types of smokers, making and set up of the fire, wood choices, choice of meats, meat preparation, rubs and seasonings, sauces and glazes, timings, internal temperatures and a whole lot more BBQ lore. Lance will smoke a variety of meats at this class that cover the usual suspects plus a few innovative ideas and different meats to cook.

This class is going to have a whole lot of different meats to previous classes and would be suitable for anyone who has already done one of our other classes as the dishes regularly change.

What to bring – Yourself and all your BBQ questions, an appetite for meat and a sense of humour.

To book, please call the Caulfield store on 9523 7410. At this stage the class is fully booked, however please put your name on the wait list as there might still be spots once all the bookings have been confirmed.

  • Date: TBA
  • Location: Either Big Boy BBQ Caulfield or in Cheltenham depending on size of class
  • What to bring: Yourself and all your BBQ questions, an appetite for meat and a sense of humour and a beverage or two.
  • Fully booked