Thirdwave Cafe

The History of Smoked Brisket

Smoked Beef Brisket

Smoked brisket is a beloved dish that has a long history and cultural significance. The origins of brisket can be traced back to the early settlers of the American colonies, who brought with them a tradition of smoking meats as a means of preserving them.

In the 19th century, German and Central European immigrants introduced the practice of smoking brisket to Texas. The state’s warm climate and ample access to beef made it an ideal place to perfect the technique. Barbecue joints, often run by these immigrants, began popping up across the state and the popularity of smoked brisket began to spread.

The History of Smoked Brisket
Brisket in a smoker.

As the dish gained popularity, it became a staple of Texas barbecue culture and remains so to this day. The traditional method of smoking brisket involves slow cooking the meat over indirect heat, often with a combination of woods such as mesquite or hickory, to create a flavouful, tender and juicy final product.

As the popularity of barbecue spread throughout the United States, so too did the popularity of smoked brisket. Today, it can be found at barbecue restaurants and competitions across the country, and has even become a staple of Southern cuisine.

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Smoked brisket has not only become a beloved dish, it has also become a cultural touchstone and a symbol of tradition and community. It’s a dish that brings people together, whether at a family gathering, a neighbourhood barbecue, or a competitive barbecue event.

The history in recent years, smoked brisket has been elevated to a fine dining level and has been featured in many high-end restaurants. The tradition and techniques behind the dish have been refined and updated, but the love and appreciation for this classic dish remains the same.

Smoked brisket has a rich history that spans centuries and is deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the American South, particularly in Texas. It continues to be a beloved dish enjoyed by people all over the world, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

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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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