This book is all about the road trip I took with my family; my wife Yvette, son Teigan and daughter Jessica (15 and 12 respectively at the time of our travels) through the southern states of America in the Autumn (Fall) of September and October 2014. We travelled 5986.7km for the sake of BBQ "research", determined to experience the Temples of BBQ.We had made several trips to Kansas City previously, researching and learning from the master pitmasters before establishing our restaurant, Big Boy BBQ in Melbourne. This time however, our aim was to develop an understanding and appreciation of the different regions of American BBQ.We weren't seeking the latest and greatest, not the obscure nor the mainstream, but rather searching out the Temples of BBQ. The BBQ joints where the pitmasters are like preachers with their own congregation of followers. We started our pilgrimage in Texas, where we travelled over six days, visited 15 BBQ joints and revelled in the Holy Trinity of Texas BBQ. We moved through Arkansas to Tennessee, where we enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches with bright yellow slaw. Next to Alabama, then Georgia and the Carolinas, South and North, where we received a holy whole hog baptism. We returned our car in Virginia, then flew to New York and on to Kansas City for burnt ends and ribs that reminded us of why we started our BBQ journey in the first place.