Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

Bar-b-q | Drive-In
One of the best

There used to be 14 Bob Sykes barbecues in Northern Alabama, but in 1977 the Sykes family decided to concentrate on one location only and moved in to Bessemer, Southwest of Birmingham. Ever since, this smokehouse has been a barbecue beacon.

Cooked over slow-smoldering hickory wood, the pork is finely chopped and succulent; ribs are hefty; chopped beef is particularly flavorful. “Big Bob” dinner plates include your barbecued meat of choice with baked beans, cole slaw, and French fries, plus rolls and a salad. For those with a lot of hungry mouths to feed, there are extra-large orders that range from the Working Mom Special (a pound of barbecue and all the fixins) to the really big feed suitable for 25 people: six pounds of barbecue, a gallon of baked beans, buns, potato salad, and two gallons of tea. Carry-out orders are sold at a drive-through window that the menu advises is ideal for “church functions … hunting trips … tired mothers … unexpected guest.”

Pies are excellent, sold by the slice, whole pie, or mini-pie. You can get chocolate, pecan, and coconut, but the one that must be sampled is the meringue-topped lemon pie: sweet, creamy, and Southern to its soul.

What to Eat
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Bar BQ pork
Bar BQ pork
The barbecue pork, here on a sandwich, is extremely moist and tender.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Lemon Icebox Pie
Lemon Icebox Pie
Tangy lemon icebox pie: a Sykes best-bet
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is topped with perfectly toasted pecans.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Ribs
Meaty ribs come well-sauced.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Coleslaw
The sweet, creamy coleslaw is another of Bob Sykes' must eat sides.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Baked Beans
Baked Beans
Baked beans have a good dose of Bob Sykes BBQ sauce.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Pork Plate
Pork Plate
Pork plate with slaw & BBQ beans
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday10:30am - 8pm
Tuesday10:30am - 8pm
Wednesday10:30am - 8pm
Thursday10:30am - 8pm
Friday10:30am - 9pm
Saturday10:30am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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