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

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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 own business. That dream was nurtured by Maxine Deerman who would become Bob’s wife, business partners, and lifelong love. Together, they built a restaurant business that today serves more than 1,500 pounds of award-winning barbecue each and every day. Their son, Van runs the family business with the help of his nephew Jason Jewell, who is the third generation of the Sykes family to follow the barbecue tradition. Times may have changed, but nothing has changed in the way Bob Sykes prepares and cooks their famous barbecue oven an open fire pit located in the center of the dining room for guests to watch.