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

Pellet Smoker Masterclass

Join Lance at BBQS PLUS in Port Melbourne for a pellet smoker extravaganza.

Lance will be using a variety of pellet smokers, flavoured wood pellets, rubs and sauces to highlight the versatility and ease of Pellet BBQ smokers. A whole range of techniques will be utilised including low and slow, cold smoking, hot and fast smoking and reverse searing.

The link to booking the classes and more details can be found here:

Class will cost $220pp and bookings need to be made via the link to BBQS PLUS


  • Date: Saturday 10th August at 12pm sharp
  • Location: BBQ Plus Port Melbourne
  • What to bring: Yourself and all your BBQ questions, an appetite for meat and a sense of humour

Lance’s BRISKET BBQ Class

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 4 hour demonstration class with a focus on BRISKET.

This will culminate in a vertical tasting comparison of all 8 briskets that we prepare on the day – yearling, grass fed, grain fed, wagyu, unwrapped from start to finish, wrapped in foil, wrapped in peach paper, hot and fast, low and slow, pellet smoked, off set trailer smoked and a 2 day, split cook, catering style brisket.

You will learn about different types of briskets, feed lots and grades to help you determine what is best for your specific occasion. We will discuss the differences in meat choice, butchery for home and catering styles.

We will cover 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.

Starting at midday and finishing when all questions have been asked and answered. Costs are $150 per person.

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

Any queries please email

Please note..

No refunds if cancelling less then 72 hours prior as all meats would have been purchased. This class has a minimum number of participants required as it is a high cost event. The class will be confirmed once we reach the minimum number required.

  • Date: 27 July 2019 (Saturday) at midday
  • Location: Our secret (not so secret) location in Cheltenham at midday. Details will be sent once your class booking is made.
  • What to bring: Yourself and all your BBQ questions, an appetite for meat and a sense of humour
  • Fully booked

Lance's Corporate Cooking classes and cook offs

The Foodies Dream (or kitchen nightmare). Classes and foodie experiences for groups of 5 and larger.

We offer a variety of options and styles of cuisine. Lance is a master of live fire cooking but also has extensive experience in a variety of cuisines and cooking styles.

We have several options including demonstrations and tastings, classes and cook offs, team cooking and meals.

Lance has been cooking professionally for many years and loves food. These are some of his culinary ideas for your class…..

Sausage making, Salami making, Curry love, Risotto, Bread making, Sourdough introduction, Sweet pie love, cookies and slices, Steak, Vegetables, Soul food, BBQ grilling, BBQ smoking,  Spice up your life, Summer salads and grills, Seafood cooking, Fish cooking, Pasta making, Gnocchi making, Italian Grills, Vietnamese, Thai, South African and many more. Tell us what you are interested in.




  • Date: TBA
  • Location: Cheltenham
  • What to bring: Yourself, your crew, a sense of humour and an appetite
  • Fully booked