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WEDNESDAY - 10th of july - 6:30pm - ALbert Park

Third Wave NFT Club

By owning a Third Wave NFT you will be able to claim Free and Discounted Meals in the restaurant, receive merch, sauces, allocation of land in Third Wave metaverse and access Restaurant profits. REAL LIFE benefits, not just a picture.

Think of it as a transferrable loyalty card on steroids!


Filled with access to perks, deals and income!


Access to 10% of restaurant profits distributed to all NFT holders once a year

1x Free NFT T-Shirt
valued at $40

FREE Airdrop of Land
in the Restaurant Metaverse

Exclusive Events
only for NFT Holders

$500 AUD in free meals

Total Number 9500
Cost USD$275

Access to 20% of restaurant profits distributed to all NFT holders once a year

2x Free NFT T-Shirt
valued at $80s

FREE Airdrop of Land
in the Restaurant Metaverse

Exclusive Events
only for NFT Holders

30% Discount on all food and drinks for the NFT holder and up to 3 others
valued around $2000 AUD yearly if visiting regularly

1 Free Special Every Month
valued as much as $1500 AUD per year

2 Bottles of House Made Sauce

Total Number 500
Cost USD$1155
Don't Delay: Price will increase by 10% every month from the 1st of September 2022
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Is your meat halal?​

All our red meat is halal! Although, we do smoke all the meats in the same smoker as the other meats they do not touch. With this information you can decide if it is for you or not.

Do you have gluten-free options?​
Our burgers can be swapped out to have gluten free buns, the meats by themselves are gluten free, some sides are (not including the chips). When you order it is best to ask the staff about particular items. Our specials cannot be modified in any way and may contain gluten.
Do you have any vegetarian dishes?

Yes we do, we have a couple of burgers as well as vrisket loaded fries and vrisket by itself. The vrisket is a mock-meat created by Fable that is delicious and is a similar taste and texture to brisket.

Third Wave BBQ 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.

During the day we start out as a café transitioning to an American BBQ and Burger restaurant from lunch onwards. No expense was spared to make sure that the BBQ is always full of flavour and extremely tasty.

We are a fairly small venue that is rapidly expanding and are often booked out, so bookings are highly recommended.

If you are looking for the most flavoursome cut-with-a-spoon slow smoked American BBQ meats, you can find them all here. If you are after the most packed-with-flavour, huge, unusual and imaginative burgers, Third Wave is the place.

On Tuesdays we have the ALL YOU CAN EAT BBQ nights. For $69.90 per person, you eat as much slow smoked Brisket, Beef Ribs, Lamb Shoulder, Chicken and more. Plus 2 rounds of entrees including Candy Bacon, Oink Balls, Quesadillas and chicken wings. To finish there is dessert. Choose from Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Nutella Pie or Ice Cream Belgian Waffle Sandwich.

All the smoked meats are in the Texas, Kansas and Caroline barbecue traditions. Using house-made Rubs made from over a dozen ingredients we impart incredibly intense flavours. All the meats are marinated from 24 to 48 hours in either dry rubs or wet marinades. Then smoked for up to 12 hours. The result is fall-off-the-bone full of flavour meats that you need a spoon to cut. You must try it to believe.

Let’s not forget about the sides. We took the humble cornbread and elevated it to greater heights by adding 2 kinds of cheese. The mac and cheese is smoked and mixed with grilled bacon bits. Our Glazed mushrooms are juicy and full of intense flavour.  Some people say we have the best loaded fries. Here is a list of Loaded Fries options on the menu – Beer Battered Fries Loaded with Slow Smoked Brisket, Cheese sauce and Spicy BBQ Sauce; Beer Battered Fries loaded with Mac & Cheese and Cheese Sauce; Sweet Potato Fries loaded with Pulled Pork, Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce & sour cream. This is just a small selection from a much large sides menu.

Other meaty sides include Candy Bacon, Oink Balls and Slow smoked wings. What are Oink Balls you may ask… we will leave you to guess or click on our menu for full description. Crunchy onion rings and Crispy Coleslaw round off the side offerings. 

Burgers are a huge part of our success. Every day we get feedback from customers that our burgers are the best they have ever tried. Using the best brioche buns and large 150g patties, 2-Year-old Jack cheese, house made ketchup we make the tastiest of burgers. There are 11 on the menu including an incredible vegetarian/vegan burger. Some of the burgers are made with slow smoked meats like the Oh Mamma Burger with deboned slow smoked Beef Ribs and Pulled Pork plus lots of other additions. If you like your burgers made in the traditional style or with a modern twist, we have you covered.

The house-made barbecue sauces have gathered a cult following as well. They were created based on prize winning recipes. Apple Bourbon BBQ Sauce is slightly sweet with a hint of heat. Our Spicy BBQ Sauce is not too spicy, with just enough heat to make everyone happy.

Our 2 smokers are working nonstop. These days we smoke up to 1000kg of meat per week. Hundreds of kilograms of meat is received and processed daily. Our chefs are constantly trimming, deboning and removing membranes. The kitchen is always full of smoke and spicy rub aromas. 

Everything from dozens of pork shoulders for pulled pork to huge whole beef briskets is smoked for up to 12 hours. The slow smoked meats we regularly serve include Texas Style Beef Brisket, Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Pork Belly, Lamb Shoulder, Salmon, Chicken, Chicken Wings, Chicken Ribs, Sausages and more. The meats are smoked with Hickory, Maple and Apple woods. Hickory is used for all the dark meats like Beef Brisket, Beef Ribs and Lamb Shoulder. Maple is a little milder, so we use it for the lighter meats like Pork and Chicken. Finally, Applewood is great for smoking Salmon.

We also make 2 BBQ sauces – Apple Bourbon and Spicy BBQ.

Our monthly specials have become legendary. We often hear “It’s a Third Wave” dish as a description of a dish that is over the top and somewhat extra ordinary. We have invented dishes like Burgerrito, the Everything Burrito, Smoky Mountain, The Wheelborough Challenge, Bacon Shell Tacos, Triple BBQ Nachos and many more. Every month there are 2 incredible specials that last only one month. Miss them at your own peril.

For all the latest monthly specials and cool things that are happening at Third Wave follow us on Facebook at @thirdwaveBBQ.

We have been featured in numerous publications, including

The Age, Herald Sun, The Burger Book, The UrbanList, Good Food Guide, LabBible, Twisted Foods, The Daily Mail

You can see our YouTube channel here.