Chef 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 showed the tricks of the trade. Together Van and Roger season 250 pounds of picnic pork with salt and and load it into a 15 foot pit heated with hickory wood. The pork is then sliced, topped with just enough vinegar-based barbecue sauce and sandwiched inside a toasted bun with sliced pickles. Each bite was a mouthful of flaming bold flavors.
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 at the beautiful DeBardeleben Park located in historic downtown Bessemer, Alabama from 12-8pm. Gates open at 11am. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket and set-up your spot for the day to enjoy talented blues musicians.
Bob Sykes is proud to announce the music line-up that includes Bobby Rush…2017 Grammy winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Robert Kimbrough Sr Blues Connection the 2019 AMG Award winner for Album of the year. Tullie Brae; “Hurricane” Elaine Hudson; NJ Speights; Showcase band featuring Regi Yarbrough, Tara Sabree and Robert Harris. The festival is giving tribute to the memory of Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson owner of Bessemer Juke Joint “Gip’s Place.”
Since 2010, the event has been filled with thousands of festival goers. Attendees of the festival range from youth to adults. 2nd generation owner and pit master of Bob Sykes Bar B Q Van Sykes says “Each year the festival grows and we couldn’t do it without our sponsors and the support of the community.” City of Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley says “The Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival has been a great event for the City of Bessemer. It brings visitors to our city from across the state, southeast and even internationally. We’re proud that this festival will continue to be held in Bessemer and we’re looking forward to many more great years of barbecue and blues music in downtown Bessemer.”
The festival has been chosen for numerous years as one of the top food festivals in Alabama by al.com. There is something to do for the entire family including a large kids corner with activities and games. Children eight and under are free with a ticketed adult. Besides great music and bbq the festival offers a variety of booths including arts and crafts, outdoor exhibits, and a diverse selection of vendors selling tempting offers.
General admission tickets can be purchased at www.bobsykesblues.com or visit Bob Sykes Bar B Q Restaurant. The festival will give a portion of the proceeds to a local Alabama charity “Caring Men and Caring Women” that motivates, empowers, and encourages boys and girls through mentoring and various other resources to be positive decision makers and to help facilitate the process that will shape them into successful and responsible adults. Since 2010, the festival has provided funding for local charities including Red Mountain Grace, Children’s of Alabama, Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation, Clay House, Hands On Birmingham, Ady’s Army and Latch and Live Foundation.
11th Annual Bob Sykes BBQ & BLUES Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2020
12pm-8pm. Gates open at 11am
Located at DeBardeleben Park / 1623 2nd Avenue North / Bessemer, AL 35020
Tickets can be purchased at www.BobSykesBlues.com or at Bob Sykes Bar B Que Restaurant
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