Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

Bar-b-q | Drive-In
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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. Continue reading

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.

Dishes to try
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Bar BQ pork
Bar BQ pork
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The barbecue pork, here on a sandwich, is extremely moist and tender.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, lemon pie
lemon pie
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Light and smooth with a strong lemony flavor, this pie is the perfect finish for a great BBQ meal.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Pecan Pie
Pecan Pie
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This delicious pecan pie is not overly sweet; the crust is buttery and flaky and it's topped with perfectly toasted pecans.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Ribs
Ribs
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Bob Sykes big meaty ribs come lightly sauced and have a great smoky flavor.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Coleslaw
Coleslaw
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The sweet, creamy coleslaw is another of Bob Sykes' must eat sides.
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, Baked Beans
Baked Beans
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Another side we thoroughly enjoyed were the baked beans, which taste like they have a good dose of Bob Sykes BBQ sauce.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday10:30am - 9pm
Tuesday10:30am - 9pm
Wednesday10:30am - 9pm
Thursday10:30am - 9pm
Friday10:30am - 10pm
Saturday10:30am - 10pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 54 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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