Thirdwave Cafe

American BBQ

American BBQ Third Wave BBQ Platter

American BBQ is the opposite of Australian BBQ. While Australian BBQ focuses on cooking fast over a high heat, American BBQ cooks the meat slowly in its own juices, often slowly smoked over hours.

This brings out rich smokey flavours of the meat and makes it so soft you can cut it with a spoon.

When you experience American BBQ for the first time, you can taste the spice rubs, the rich meaty flavours. Third Wave Cafe in Melbourne regularly serves Texas Style Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Pork Belly, Lamb Shoulder, Salmon, Chicken, Chicken Wings, Chicken Ribs, Sausages and more.

The meats are smoked with Hickory, Maple and Apple woods. Hickory is used for all the dark meats like Beef Brisket, Beef Ribs and Lamb Shoulder. Maple is a little milder, so it is used for lighter meats like Pork and Chicken. Finally, Applewood is great for smoking Salmon.S, the best place in Australia for smoked Brisket is Third Wave Cafe. Click here to view the menu.

The process of the slow cooking can really transform tough chewy meats into a soft and savoury feast. Especially here at Third Wave Cafe, where the rich spice rubs in combination with the slow and low method of cooking of American BBQ really adds an extra dimension of flavour and softness to the meat. When you try the beef ribs you’ll really experience the truest definition of “fall of the bone meats,” as the meat itself is so soft the bone cannot be used to lift it up.

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The meat at Third Wave Cafe is rich in history but also in care. When the food is set in front of you for the first time it will surprise you. Then you taste it and the rich flavours flood your mouth and set a new standard for BBQ.


Third Wave has become a religious experience on the Melbourne restaurant scene. Since opening in 2010, we have cemented a reputation as a great neighborhood cafe with a loyal breakfast and lunch crowd. People come from far and wide to enjoy our exceptional coffees and vast breakfast & lunch menu. Then by night, we transform into a bustling BBQ joint, inspired by the classic American smoke houses of the deep south. Today we are proud to be recognised as one of the best American BBQ experiences you’ll have outside of the US.


Third Wave Cafe started as a trendy inner Melbourne café with an aim to grow and so we did. After 9 years, we are one of Melbourne’s favourite American BBQ restaurants with a huge emphasis on slow-smoked meats and burgers.


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