Strap on the novelty apron, it’s time to barbecue like a boss.

Forget burnt flavourless bangers in two-day-old white bread, contemporary Australian barbecuing is about bringing a little gourmandise to the grill, with spectacular side salads and refreshing desserts. But, like so many of our traditions, competition is still at its beating heart – you’ve got to keep the edge on your friends, and you’re only ever as good as your last cookout. Dust off your tongs, here are some books to help you fire your creativity, impress your neighbours and smoke out the competition at your next barbecue.