Thirdwave Cafe

What is an oink ball?

What is an Oink Balls in Third Wave Cafe

Mystery’s revealed, what exactly is an oink ball. In a shocking turn of events, it is a streaky bacon wrapped smoked pork meatball. What?

Oink Ball
Delicious tasty Oink Balls!

Let’s say that again, an oink ball is a bacon wrapped smoked pork meatball. Absolutely mouthwatering and really tasty, this treat is made in house at Third Wave Cafe is a unique treat you can’t get anywhere else.

What makes an oink ball different to other kinds of meat balls?

It is important to consider that an oink ball is not just a bacon wrapped pork meatball but it is smoked. This makes the meaty flavours also infused with the smokey flavours from our smoker. It also makes the meat soft and tender. At Third Wave Cafe, we do not force the meat to be cooked fast on a grill, we cook it low and slow in our smoker. This is what American BBQ is all about. Unlike Australian BBQ, which is fast and high to cook the meat quickly, low and slow smoked meats makes the meat soft, tender and tasty. Cooked over a long period of time, this bacony meaty treat has its flavours turned into overdrive as it is cooked in the smoker. It’s streaky bacon and pork centre melts together and is just exquisite to taste. These oink balls are smoked for HOURS then grilled to make them a delicious melt in your mouth treat!

The oink balls themselves can be ordered by themselves or come as an addition in a variety of our menu items. Such as a special from time to time. They also make a great appetiser on their own or side to one of our other delicious menu items.

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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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