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Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

1724 9th Ave N, Bessemer, AL - (180) 044-SYKES
Posted By Michael Stern on 11/4/2007 9:42:00 AM
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. For the last quarter century, 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.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The barbecue pork, here on a sandwich, is extremely moist and tender.
"The barbecue pork, here on a sandwich, is extremely moist and tender."
Cliff Strutz





The sweet, creamy coleslaw is another of Bob Sykes' must eat sides.
"The sweet, creamy coleslaw is another of Bob Sykes' must eat sides."
Cliff Strutz


Bob Sykes big meaty ribs come lightly sauced and have a great smoky flavor.
"Bob Sykes big meaty ribs come lightly sauced and have a great smoky flavor."
Cliff Strutz


Another side we thoroughly enjoyed were the baked beans, which taste like they have a good dose of Bob Sykes BBQ sauce.
"Another side we thoroughly enjoyed were the baked beans, which taste like they have a good dose of Bob Sykes BBQ sauce."
Cliff Strutz


This delicious pecan pie is not overly sweet; the crust is buttery and flaky and it's topped with perfectly toasted pecans.
"This delicious pecan pie is not overly sweet; the crust is buttery and flaky and it's topped with perfectly toasted pecans."
Cliff Strutz


Light and smooth with a strong lemony flavor, this pie is the perfect finish for a great BBQ meal.
"Light and smooth with a strong lemony flavor, this pie is the perfect finish for a great BBQ meal."
Cliff Strutz


This big tumbler, full of Bob Sykes' very good sweet tea, displays this year's (2007) house slogan,
"This big tumbler, full of Bob Sykes' very good sweet tea, displays this year's (2007) house slogan, "50 Years, 3 Generations, 1 Recipe.""
Cliff Strutz


If you walk in the side door, you are greeted by the appetite-inducing vision of the BBQ pit, pitmaster and his handiwork.
"If you walk in the side door, you are greeted by the appetite-inducing vision of the BBQ pit, pitmaster and his handiwork."
Cliff Strutz


With food this good, it is hard not to make a perfect hog of yourself at Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q.
"With food this good, it is hard not to make a perfect hog of yourself at Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q."
Cliff Strutz


These happy neon pigs on the roof are a signal of good hickory-cooked pork inside.
"These happy neon pigs on the roof are a signal of good hickory-cooked pork inside."
Michael Stern


Two consistent signs of Roadfood greatness: lots of smoke and a pig on the roof.
"Two consistent signs of Roadfood greatness: lots of smoke and a pig on the roof."
Cliff Strutz


This classic sign has been luring BBQ hounds to Bessemer for decades.
"This classic sign has been luring BBQ hounds to Bessemer for decades."
Cliff Strutz



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