Purchase Book Online The Bob Sykes Bar B Q is a true family business

“Dad had the ideas Mom knew how to run a business And they both loved Bar-B-Que”

– Van Sykes

Bob Sykes BarBQ

Bob Sykes Bbq Keeping the Fire Burning Since 1957….

  • Serving legendary BBQ on a seasoned pit.
  • Locally owned and operated by Three Generations of the Sykes family.
  • Voted Number 1 BBQ Sauce in Alabama.
  • Known for Authentic Southern BBQ from the Pit to the Plate.
  • Barbecuing fresh pork shoulders over a natural fire of hickory coals.

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Dave J.

Great beef brisket served Wednesday. Good flavor, tender and great with Bob Sykes sauce. Will get it again when available. Not like the beef brisket I got from another local BBQ place that was like over smoked dried out pot roast.

Tommy P. R.

Love the Sykes and all the employees, give you the best service…the food in wonderful and Van is the best… em out and try that sausage, it is great….

Alan F.

Awesome BBQ and the service was the best I’ve had in a long time! We had a group of motorcycle riders stop by and the manager made sure they took our order quickly and made sure we had a great time. I highly recommend them!

Kirt W. B.

The plate of ribs and the Bob sandwich both got better as we ate, the sauce isn’t sweet like some but just marinated in the meat as it sits. Very Good!!

Terri K. S.

The food is always wonderful, I travel from Fultondale, AL at least once a week and there are 2 other bbq places within 5 minutes of me. I luv it!!! Please consider adding fried green tomatoes I’d love you for it!!!!

Lakesha W.

That burger was so big, moist, and good. I will be making another trip by the end of the week. The customer service was great. All in all everything was excellent.

Katie W.

AWESOME food. Got a BBQ potatoes and it was delicious. We got so much food for 20 dollars. People were also very friendly. Highly recommend eating here.

Teresa A. L.

Ate at Bob Sykes yesterday, had the Big Bob special, one of our favorite places to eat, love their food their onion rings are awesome

Nancy F. A.

Bob Sykes offers Smoked Beef Brisket on Wednesday. It is delicious! Be sure to add cole-slaw, FF & sweet tea.

Anthony V. T.

Been in Bessemer 25 +years my office is 2 blocks away. vann sykes and their service will spoil you, oh and everything on the menu is excellent! !!

Curt D.

The pork sandwich is always amazing, but I’ve recently discovered the chicken baked potato! Wow! Better than words can say.

Blues Fest FB 2023 deBardeleben Park

2023 Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival Date Announced!

The 12th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival is set for April 29, 2023 at DeBardeleben Park located in downtown historic Bessemer, Alabama.  The event will combine the best of blues music and legendary Bob Sykes Bar B Q from 12-8pm. Gates open at 11am. Be sure to bring your chair or blanket and…
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From the pit to the plate book

The Story of Bob Sykes Bar B Q “From The Pit To The Plate”  is now available to purchase at Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant located in Bessemer, Alabama or order online at

Purchase Book Online The Bob Sykes Bar B Q is a true family business. The Sykes Story is the quintessential saga of hard working resulting in success. Bob Sykes grew up on a tobacco farm in Tennessee where he learned the exalted art of cooking true Southern barbecue, Bob Sykes dreamed of someday owning his…
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Bob Sykes BarBQ event

Bob Sykes BBQ Gives Back

THANK YOU to everyone who attended and supported the 2022 Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival presented by The City of Bessemer, Premiere Chevrolet, BLOX and Pepsi. Several thousands of festival goers attended the beautiful DeBardeleben Park on April 30th and enjoyed a day of eating Bob Sykes BBQ and dancing to award winning, legendary…
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Blues Fest Flyer 2023 FB

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