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

– Van Sykes


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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Our Reviews

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.

11th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival – September 12, 2020

The Bob Sykes Bbq & Blues Festival presented by the City of Bessemer and Premiere Chevrolet is set for September 12th, 2020. Barbecue and blues are a great combination so it will be a great time to come together and celebrate. The event will combine the best of blues music and legendary Bob Sykes Bbq […]
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Cooking Channel-Man Fire Food Visits Bob Sykes Bar B Que Roger Mooking from Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food made a pit stop for a little sizzle and a lot of smoke at Bob Sykes Bar B Q in Bessemer, Alabama for classic, open brick-pit barbecue on May 20, 2020. Seasoned pitmaster Van Sykes, who has been stoking coals since he was 8 years old […]
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Bob Sykes Private BBQ Tour and Demo Available Every Month!

Come hungry and enjoy an unforgettable finger licking time when you visit the legendary pitmaster and restaurateur Van Sykes as he explains the history of Bob Sykes and creating southern bbq. Take your bbq skills to the next level and elevate your bbq game after attending this event! The $60 ticket per person includes 3 rounds of entertaining bbq tips, bbq history and delicious bites form the pit to the plate. All you have to bring is your BBQ appetite! To purchase tickets and to view dates visit Eventbrite. For More information call 205-426-1400.
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Bob Sykes Pies and Cakes History!
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