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The difference between American BBQ and Australian BBQ

When it comes to BBQ, there are many different styles and traditions around the world. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the differences between American BBQ and Australian BBQ.

The difference between American BBQ and Australian BBQ

First, let’s start with American BBQ. American BBQ, also known as barbecue, is a style of cooking that originated in the southern United States. It involves slow-cooking meats, such as pork, beef, and chicken, over indirect heat from wood or charcoal. The meats are typically marinated or rubbed with a mixture of spices and sauces before being cooked. BBQ is often associated with outdoor gatherings and celebrations, and it is a popular food at picnics, parties, and festivals. American BBQ is known for its bold flavors and smoky taste, and it is often served with sides such as coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad.

Australian BBQ, on the other hand, has a somewhat different tradition. While Australian BBQ does involve the cooking of meats over an open flame, the focus is often on grilled meats rather than slow-cooked BBQ. Steak, sausages, and lamb chops are popular choices for Australian BBQs, and these meats are often cooked quickly over a high heat to create a char-grilled flavor. Unlike American BBQ, Australian BBQ tends to be more casual and is often associated with backyard gatherings and beach parties.

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Despite these differences, American BBQ and Australian BBQ have some similarities as well. Both styles of BBQ are often enjoyed in outdoor settings and are a popular way to socialize and spend time with friends and family. Additionally, both American BBQ and Australian BBQ often feature a variety of sides and condiments, such as salads and sauces, to complement the grilled meats.

In conclusion, while American BBQ and Australian BBQ have their differences, they are both beloved traditions that bring people together to enjoy delicious food in a relaxed and social setting. No matter which style of BBQ you prefer, there’s no denying the appeal of succulent, grilled meats and the sense of community that BBQ brings.

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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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