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Cooking Channel-Man Fire Food Visits Bob Sykes Bar B Que

https://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/man-fire-food/episodes/southern-sizzle-and-smoke
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.

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A Portrait of Birmingham at Work

A collection, titled “A Portrait of Birmingham at Work” is on display at the Birmingham Public Library.  Southern Foodways Alliance commissioned Birmingham artist Celestia Morgan to create a series of portraits documenting restaurant labor across the city. 

Bob Sykes Bar B Q pie and cake maker Sharon Mayes and Pitmaster Martin Vaca are featured in this photo exhibit. Sharon has been Bob Sykes pie maker for 33 years and Martin has been the Pitmaster for 13 years.
https://www.thecutoffnews.com/bessemer/bob-sykes-featured-in-a-portrait-of-birmingham-at-work/article_78b8a168-42ce-11e9-90ee-7785b32015ac.html