Thirdwave Cafe

Slow Smoked Chicken

Slow Smoked Chicken from Third Wave Cafe

Slow-smoked chicken is seriously one of the most life changing flavours you’ll taste. This is no ordinary chicken and does not taste like any other chicken you have ever tasted. When we marinate it overnight and smoke it, it transforms into the softest silkiest thing you’ve had.

Slow-smoked chicken
Look at the delicious slow-smoked chicken in this BBQ Platter as well as other delicious slow-smoked meats and sides.

What is slow-smoked Chicken?

With any meat that is cooked for a period of time and smoked, the meat will become incredibly soft and enriched in flavours. When we, Third Wave Cafe, smoke our chicken we first marinate it overnight. We then smoke the chicken for 5 hours in maple wood. All these flavours are sucked up into the meat and enhance the flavours and put them into overdrive!

Picture yourself eating delicious slow-smoked chicken with 2 different BBQ sauces and your favourite sides? Dinner becomes a life changing experience.

Our chicken also comes in a larger BBQ Platter. Created by our genius chefs, this platter will feed two people, four people and six people… with left overs. These platters are a perfect way to sample all of our BBQ Meats as well as the delicious slow-smoked chicken!

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We also serve smoked chicken wings, smoked brisket, beef ribs and more. The whole shop is a complete slow-smoked smorgasbord and is a religious experience for many people. When the meats hit your mouth you can really taste the flavour difference and how soft the meats are through the love and care our chefs put into it. Pure Slow-Smoked Chicken Magic.

We pride ourselves in our smoking process, our smokers do work constantly to get the meats ready for service. Not just with chicken but with all our HUGE range of meats for our burgers, platters or to be served on their own.


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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