Thirdwave Cafe

Third Wave Cafe and their Smoked Meats

Step into the tantalising world of Third Wave Cafe and their smoked meats, where our smoky ambrosia will transport your senses straight to the heart of the traditional American barbecue! Our twin smoke warriors, hard at work 24/7, handle up to a whopping 1000kg of meat per week. And the result? A smorgasbord of succulent, slow-smoked delicacies that will have you coming back for more!

Third Wave Cafe Smoked Meats

Right from the moment we receive the raw cuts, the magic begins. Our seasoned chefs devote hours to trimming, deboning, and removing membranes, all the while wrapped in an aromatic haze of smoke and spice rubs. This daily ritual transforms hundreds of kilograms of meat into culinary masterpieces, each carrying the unique Third Wave signature.

Our menu showcases an impressive range of slow-smoked meats. From the tender pork shoulders, lovingly transformed into melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, to the majestic whole beef briskets that are smoked to perfection over 12 painstaking hours, our offerings are a testament to our dedication to authenticity and flavour.

Feast your eyes (and your taste buds!) on our menu that boasts Texas Style Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Pork Belly, Lamb Shoulder, and much more. We don’t stop at meats though – our smoked Salmon, Chicken, Chicken Wings, Chicken Ribs, and Sausages are the stuff of legends, each dish an ode to the age-old art of smoking.

The secret behind Third Wave Cafe’s Smoked Meats rich, smoky flavour? Our trio of faithful woods – Hickory, Maple, and Apple. Hickory, with its robust flavor, is our go-to for dark meats like Beef Brisket, Beef Ribs, and Lamb Shoulder. Maple, a milder choice, is perfect for lighter meats like Pork and Chicken. And our Apple wood, with its sweet and fruity smoke, adds a unique touch that seals the deal.

At Third Wave Cafe, we believe that every meal should be a celebration, and our smoked meats are just that – an enchanting dance of flavours that leave you sated yet yearning for more. The smoky aroma wafting from our kitchen, the subtle play of spices, and the perfect char on the meats are not just components of a meal but an experience, a journey that we invite you to embark upon.

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So, are you ready to ride the smoke wave? A gastronomic adventure awaits you at Third Wave Cafe! Don’t miss out on the chance to indulge in a dining experience like no other. Book a table today, because good food waits for no one! Our dedicated team is ready to serve you the best smoked meats in town.

Because at Third Wave Cafe, we don’t just smoke meat – we create culinary memories. Join us for a meal, and let the magic of our smoked delicacies whisk you away to the heartland of barbecue. See you at the table! CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TABLE


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.