Reviews of Bob Sykes Barbeque Inc (Restaurant)

1724 9th Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020, United States

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Jenn C

It's the best ribs in town. We eat there once a week at least. Pulled pork sandwiches are one of the best and generously portioned. It can be a little loud inside so if you have little ones who are sensitive to noise you may want to get your order to go, but I promise you won't regret it.

Mandi Phillips

DELICIOUS!! Wish I didn’t live so far away! They stay busy but they are quick! Love the atmosphere. Plus you can order online ahead and skip the line! I want to try everything on the menu. Oh and the desserts are PHENOMENAL! Not sure what they put in food but everything from BBQ, mac-n-cheese, green beans and the BEST OKRA EVER! And I don’t typically eat okra!

Darla Warfield

The sides and desserts were incredibly good! Like Mamaw used to make! I thought the pulled pork was a bit dry, the ribs were great and had flavor without needing sauce

Tammy Adkins

Food is awesome and always consistent. A local favorite!

Tony Fitts

Good service an food

Becky Smith

The meal was great just like homemade

No Bull

The pulled pork was chopped super fine with plenty of fat, gristle and hard pieces. No sizeable pieces of lean meat in this portion. The sauce was okay but nothing special. I didn't see any alternate offering to what was put on my plate. I'll take a hard pass on stopping in again.

Terry Martin

We really enjoyed ourselves

da real Ddub

Okay but some of the workers attitude stanks

Gary Grimes

A Bessemer landmark with good food and a friendly atmosphere

AD Carter

The onion rings are the best that I have found in the 205 area code so far.

Patrick A

Best barbeque in town. Possiblity the state.

Williamina Feagin

The food was good. They have good desserts. Good atmosphere.

Clarence Dean Jr

Great place too eat at. Inside especially!

Melinda Jacobs

Excellent food and service

Eric W

Best place to get a salad. Always great BBQ and one of the best sauces in Alabama. I do wish they changed their fries, they are always dry and not as tasty as many other places.

cocoa Young


David Seidel

This was my first visit and I really enjoyed it...I definitely would come back and I would recommend it to anybody that was in the area. great barbecue and a good place to eat

Edwin Flores

First time. Loved it. I've drove by so many times and they always had full house, now I understand why. Good service and kind staff

Shelia Woods

Their ribs are good sometimes and not so good at times.

Terry Mc

Always a great place to eat. Everybody has an opinion about barbecue. but my experience has been from the many places that I have had in-state and out-of-state Bob Sykes is the best barbecue for my taste buds. I also want to thank Melanie and Van for the extra effort they went to on this particular visit.

Tim Hadaway

Ribs, pulled pork and chicken continue to be the best you'll find anywhere. Pies are also very good.

Jennifer Brown

Drive-thru service is horrible and food is okay...

Jody Townes

The food was just simply delicious we had a great time great staff and I would recommend this place to everyone

Sherry Caradine

Great Great food!! We get get to see friends that work there. Van Sykes is a nice nice person

Lana Johnson

I always get the rib and chicken plate!! Great smoke meat and red velvet

Lee Moore

One of the last non-ironic bbq joints. Getting sort of pricey...but there's a Checkers across the street if money is tight.


Always get bbq when I visit but my go to dish at Bob Sykes is the red velvet cake! I always grab more than one slice when I go to Bessemer. I love it! Best yet

Daniel Castleberry

It's really crowded at lunch. Its Bar B Que not fast food

Batman Carter

Hands down the worst BBQ I have tried. I am not sure if they serve it chopped and dry or I just got old meat which I doubt because they were fairly busy to have old dry meat. I only gave 2 stars because the sides and desserts were decent. Update, I wrote this as I was eating. I just walked out and saw a old couple eating pulled pork and there's looked nothing like ours. For 40 bucks I won't be back or send anyone else to eat here.

Adrienne Nicole Williams

I like Bob Sykes but don't go after 7 or 7:30. Some of the employees are rude and make you feel like you are a bother. I understand that they have been there all day working but that is the business you are in...serving customers.

Lupita Mendez

Good service good food

Ms. Kimberly Y. Patton

Good Food.

Michael McCullum

Thanks you of a good time

its me

Food was not as good as usually serve good drive thru

Keith Harless

Food was and always has been great.

Bart Morris

ABSOLUTELY the best BBQ on the planet and the customer service is impeccable!!!!

Jarrod Sanders

That was some of the best barbecue I have ever ate very clean place to eat at if I am ever in the area I will make a stop

Godof Light

Not too clean and the service is rude at times. But some of the best BBQ in the south... Go Bob

Jerri Denton

Very good! Ya'lll should get some. Thanks Bob Sykes!

Sir Richmond Jacobs

One of the best home cooked BBQ and homemade meals in. Alabama.....

Marcie Skinner

Usually I have zero complaints about Bob Sykes but during my last visit the pork sandwich that I ordered had alot of very hard almost un-chewable pieces of pork in it, however the onion rings were huge & delicious. Although the place was completely packed around 12:30 on a Saturday, we didn't have to wait too long on our orders to come out. I really appreciate Bob Sykes allowing Oak Grove's cheerleaders to work for tips as a fundraiser.

Fredia Strevy

We got 1 1/2 pound of bbq pork & sauce with a dozen buns, going the drive thru. The customer service was Awesome!!☺ The sauce & buns was Wonderful! The pork meat, was Totally NOT good. Tasted old. We were Very Disappointed!

B A Buckland

Quick service. Good smoky flavor. Lots of sides. Friendly staff.

John Dorsey

THE brisket is amazing gotta go on taco Tue have the large brisket nachos! OMG

Julie Ritchey Miles

This was a great piled high sandwich and fries Hit the spot

Romeo Always

Great food and customer service

Leroy LeCroy

Had our 4th of July dinner there. They were completely swamped, but the staff never let their smile break. Service was great and food was phenomenal. One of our staples for dinner every week.

Kim S

My family and I travel all over the country, as my husband and I travel for work. Every time we get to a new place, step one is to stake out where the best 2 or 3 places to get local eats are. Though we're not generally big BBQ people, we decided to give Bob Sykes a try, courtesy of most of the reviews. The result? I'm so freaking full I may not eat for the rest of the week. We kept it simple, and got the family pack for our family of 4, with mac and cheese (kiddos favorite), fried okra, and a slice each of pecan and coconut pie to share. Despite the fact that I'm pretty sure we each ate our weight in pulled pork, mac and okra, we still have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow's lunch. We also have pie, because again, we ate our weight in barbeque. We ordered online as a pick up, so I didn't get to see much of the inside, but what I saw was immaculately clean and orderly, and it smelled amazing. I was greeted almost immediately at the pick up counter, and then while the girl was getting my order finished up I was checked on by two other servers. That's some pretty impressive service, kids. Overall, this is definitely now on our list of favorite places to visit, and hubs and I may need to invest in stretchier pants. So thanks a lot Bob Sykes, for making me go shopping for sweats. But seriously, I highly recommend giving this place a try. You won't be disappointed!

matt m.

Disgusting glorified Ketchup sauce. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Adib Rashid

Old friends taste

Virginia Gaines

Best Red Velvet Cake and food

Dick Donald romine

A nice place to enjoy good food and even better company!! Tell your friends! donny&brandon

E Tyson

Delicious barbecue and excellent strawberry short cake...

Charles Bell

Simply the best! I grew up eating with Bob as a child in the 1950s and 60s and he was a good friend of my dad's. I no longer live in the area but eat at the current location as often as possible. The quality of the food is as great as it ever was and the family is obviously dedicated to the business. I'll be eating there again and again!

Vincent Williams

Good, tangy barbeque. Fresh veggies. Serves chopped beef, pork or chicken by the pound. Can't wait to try one of the recent specials...Smoked Wings!!!

Leave Me A Lone

It's one of the greatest BBQ places in Alabama.

Amy Johnston

Great bbq and burgers. You can get a working mom's special at the drive through on the way home from work.

Mary Prawl

It was a good experience, but a little crowded. The food was great! I love Bob Sykes!

Tipalias Hamilton

The red velvet cake was delicious.

Don Starkey

Best BBQ around.

Jeanette Davis

I like this place a long time ago. My visit on tih occassion was bot as good. I had to wait a long time and once I got the food home it was not as tasty as it use to be. I will not take that long drive anymore for this barbeque.

Karla Paxton

Delicious.highly recommend. Wonderful experience all the way around from employees to customers.

Valton R Johnson

The bbq was great. One of the best in Birmingham.

Matt Mertens

Real authentic super tasty bbq

D Hayes

Great BBQ! Took a rack home too!!

Val M. Johnson

Best barbecue in Birmingham. The sauce!

Bradley Payne

The ribs, the pulled pork, onion rings, potato salad, strawberry shortcake...why are you reading a Google review?!?! Get in your car, drive to Bob Sykes, and eat something for goodness sake!

Juanita Baker

First visit here. The food was very bad. My friends had ribs and they were tough. Hard to get from the bone, my husband had pulled pork plate and it was full of gristle and my wings were undercooked and tough. Best thing was the okra, they were all I really like. The onion rings were just ok. I don't live in the area so will probably never visit again.

Cassandra Kendrick

I love it and their Red Velvet Cake ... To die for


Food was delicious.. and service was great

Johnny Parker

Great pies and cakes. All homemade. BBQ is slow cooked/smoked to perfection. I love the BBQ half chicken. One of the best BBQ restaurants in the Birmingham metro area.

Ed Hamm

Great lunch selections. Brisket plate on point, earned the 5 stars itself. Friendly service & affordable pricing. You know exactly why they've been in business for 60 years.

John Roberts

Good food and not fancy, just good BBQ.

N Sager

It's convenient and okay I really don't like the sauce but once I put my own sauce on it the meat is pretty tender and good

Stephanie Trammell

Fast and faulous as always

Joseph Deason

Great food... What can you say about a business that's is already known for their great BBQ. AA++ rating. Not for Vegetarians

Michelle Smith

Wonderful service! Wonderful food! Mac n cheese is the bomb! I come to Bessemer 1-2x a month to see my doctor and I always try to eat here afterwards.

Veronica Cottingham

Great red velvet cake.

Janet Bell

The food is normally good. But on my last visit I had a bug in my drink and I was to far away to return it.

Steve Terek

The people in the food was beyond excellent great job thanks for having us Syracuse New York

David Gwin

Great barbecue and onion rings, what more can you ask for! The cakes and pies are off the charts as well. I have been eating at Bob Sykes for over 40 years and have to go by everytime I am in Birmingham. I always get a couple of jars of sauce to take with me!

John Williams Jr.

Bob Sykes is on point the food is delicious ans the customer service gives you that real Southern love

Amy Hoyett

Too Much sauce.

Tessa Maston

I don't care for barbecue much,but Bob Sykes has me. The potatoes salad is awesome, the ribs are good, especially the meaty ones, sometimes they give you ribs that have little meat on them, the Red Velvet Cake is the real deal. The half chicken is ok, just needs to stay moist and they fail in that the chicken is dry. All in all it's a good spot for a lazy Saturday afternoon and a friendly family atmosphere

Carolyn Ensley

Meat is smoked daily. You can go in and watch them cooking it. They don't just do pork and beef either. My husband got the smoked turkey sandwich. He loved it. I've eaten there for years and have had everything on the menu and have never been disappointed.

Robert Price

Best BBQ I have had in awhile. Great service and food. You will not be disappointed. Don't forget dessert.

Melissa Kilgore

This restaurant has the absolute best BBQ I've ever eaten. I would recommend the "outside chopped pork" when ordering your meat. Its so evenly proportioned between the outside bark & the inside meat that you get that same taste & texture in every bite.

Haley Dshae

Best place to eat in the world. I just love the staff and owners.

Charlie King

Best BBQ in town. Great Staff.

Mary Catherine Hanson

Excellent food! Service was fast and all were very polite! Dining area was as clean as any I have ever encountered. Great family atmosphere ❤️❤️❤️

Smexy Dork

Small town feel. You walk in and see them grilling the meat right there. Their sauce is my favorite hands down. Their ribs are amazing. But mine and my fiance's favorite is the half chicken. Service is always friendly and helpful. I feel at home and I know I'll have amazing food everytime I'm there.

Tanjia Harris

It's good to eat and it's right on time when u in a hurry

The Diva Mrs. Ash

Good food. Customer service could be better.

Kennetha Wilson

My favorite BBQ spot good food and great service

Diane Siniard

Excellent food and staff!

James Jameson

Very Good & Filling !

Dugan Watts

A little slow.. but worth the wait

December Sixx

Yum! But hard to get out of because you cant see oncoming traffic because of some shrubbery they need to get rid of. I've had the front end of my car nearly knocked off a few times because of this!


Always good; and Have never had a rude or impatient person waiting on me to decide. GREAT place to eat.

Robert Fears

This place has a family personality kind stafffelt like I was at home except for missing the little family pee pee contests, very very good homestyle cooking and very courteous service.I say to all involved in the running of that little place , very good service and food prep , plese keep up the great service and cooking .And thank you for making me feel closer to home

Shae Thomas

The best!! Always good. Love it

choppy praytor

Great food good people

Christopher Sheckles

Nice place to eat . Good BBQ . Feels Like Home .

N2bigthingz N2bigthingz

Great food great service Im there for the desserts specifically thoe . But a great place for all your bbq catering needs

Melonie Knight

Always fresh and delicious! Thanks guys you're the best!

Robin Swinson

My favorite place for barbecue for over 40 years

Cindy Rock

Very busy at lunch. Placed order to go and waited about 10 mins, not too bad considering number of people in there. Employees in the back were working as fast as the could. Even the man on the grill was cutting brisket. Cashiers were busy. Food was great, as usual. They were a little light on the brisket for the price.

Darold Mathews

Got the family pack. Everything good, except that the buns sucked. Better bread makes everything better.

Phillip Cooper

You have to get that world famous sauce! Down home goodness!

Robert Yancey

Bob Sykes exceeds every expectation of what good pork BBQ should be.

posie Adams

The food the hospitality the customers are always great.

Michelle Davis

Great food, nice atmosphere, and genuinely nice staff! I will definitely be back and spread the word about this "must visit" restaurant. My experience was awesome starting from before I entered into the restaurant. The first thing I noticed was the sign outside the door that read ASAP and clarified "As Southern As Possible". Then as I stepped inside there was the delicious smell of the food cooking, and the open grill cooking on my right with a smiling welcoming cook. As I looked around I realized that I needed to go to the counter to order, and the menu was up on the wall behind the cashiers (like a fast food chain). As we stepped across to look over the menu we were welcomed by the politeness of the cashier. She asked if she could help us and take our order, and she was more than helpful to us newbys. She was courteous, patient, and took time to answer our questions and checked to see how to best place the order for the food we wanted. The sweet tea was fresh. The food was fresh, fast, and delicious. We had some to go orders that we needed also, and they even took those orders and waited until we were ready to go to prepare the food so it would not get cold while we enjoyed dinner. Then even after we were seated, and eating our food various members of the staff kept a regular check on is with a kind hearted "is everything okay?" and "Is there anything I can get for you?". The cashier that took our order even came out to check on us. It was just a wonderful overall experience from beginning to end.

Cal L

In my opinion they have the best BBQ around

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Kerry Lawley

If you are a bobblehead hipster, go to Dreamland. If you want the real deal, it doesn't get any better than Bob Sykes.

Jennifer mcclendon

We grew up in the area and moved away years ago, Bob Sykes is something we always love visiting and eating here!! We just got our fix for this trip and the food was amazing as ever!!

Ronnie B

This review covers the 3 times I have visited here. The wait time has been fine. The people at the front have been friendly, patient and accurate. The food is great and of a great portion size. I recommend the onion rings.

Richard Allen

First time in a few years to eat here. Onion rings were fantastic. Meat was served lukewarm ( special inside chopped). it was render and a good amount for a small sandwich. Sauce didn't impress. Chocolate pie was horrible. Merangue was overcooked and the chocolate was gritty.

Marcus Ricks

Speedy and accurate.. I love it.. Oh and the red velvet cake is to dye for..

Angela Dabbs

Yummy food nice people

winter bear

I love walking in & smelling the meat smoking on the right side of the restaurant. I try to eat here as often as possible. The ribs are fall off the bone good, so yummy, It is Just a wonderful dining experience.

David Horton

Went through drive-through for convenience. I might have made a better selection if their board were igger and a little more descriptive.

family computer

Nice place and people, I just didn't care for their barbecue sauce. Their burgers are Great with or without the special sauce.The onion rings lack flavor. Good sweet tea. Some times it gets Smokey inside from a lack of ventilation at the open barbecue pit. But that's also why it smells so good .


This place has delicious beef brisket on Wednesday! They even give me luscious crust almost like a burnt end! DELICIOUS!!! I would have pictures, but I had to dig in.

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Awesome food service and staff

Asia Harris

Ok so I just came from there like 20 min ago with my family right,as soon as we get in there the lady with the glasses at the cash register was just being very smart and rude all because I asked her to change my order ok so after that she starts to stare at me and my friends like we didn’t belong there by the way we are black she was visibly talking about us with her coworkers and It made me very uncomfortable and they did this until it was time for us to leave mind you but before that I had asked them did they have any cake I asked this when we first got there they told me they was out ok fine... so about ten min later they only black worker in there manages to fine a extra cake to sell me the white coworker came and snatch it out of her hand and said she already sold it but it was really hers to take home smh I will never go thee again ever I have never been treated like that before really was the most Disgusting place I ever been and I will never go back again and this all happen tonight Saturday March 2

Balievable Creations

I got a pork potato and it was amazing!!! Not to mention the red velvet cake which is even better!!! Everything that I saw come out looked amazing and had great size portions. The service was great and it was fast for the amount of people that was there for lunch!!! Bob Sykes is the Best!!!!


This place has some of the best barbecue in the best onion rings that I have ever eaten. I go here at least once a week. Occasionally there is a mixup with the order when they are really busy, but other than that this is my favorite barbecue place in town.

John Kenney

Serving size, quick service, and friendly staff. Always a quality meal.

Chanel Rubio

Always fast and friendly. I have been knowing Can Skye's for a while.

Danielle Zimmerman

Baked beans were not great, fries were cool but sandwich okay.

Marilyn Evans

Very pleasant place to get great BBQ. Good service. Will recommend for great BBQ.

Jeff Skinner

Great BBQ! The onion rings are AMAZING! An institution in Bessemer.

Edward Hazelrig

Great food, had to take some home. Potions are big.

Mark Belcher

Best bbq in bham (bessemer)

William Johnson

Bob Sykes b .b. q is great food try it

Vanessa skripko

The food is delicious. I would give 5 stars if the cashier's were nicer to first timers. They get very annoyed if you think green beans might be on the menu.

CampHorne Staff

Good place to eat, helping out Troop 477

Judy Bond

Very good BBQ! They know how to cook BBQ ribs down to perfection! The make a BBQ sandwich so good you will slap your mama!

Angela Byram

My family and I have been going to Bob Sykes for years. I literally grew up eating there as a kid and still do.My parents go there all the time. My grandparents started eating there when they first opened. The food is always Fresh and Hot. The service is Superb. The employees are always Friendly and Helpful. Van (The Owner) is the Nicest man you'll ever meet. He greets you every time you walk in and always makes you feel welcome. I just can't say enough about this place to do it Justice. I think Everyone should know just How Awesome Bob Sykes is. I'm not exaggerating please come check it out for yourself.... You'll be glad you did. I wish there were more places like this one.I would eat there everyday if I could. If you've never ate here before I Highly Recommend it. It's by far the Best Place to Eat in Alabama.

Josephine White

Great place to get bar-b-q... in the cakes are so good you can taste the flavored butter and everything

J Kirkpatrick

Delicious, the baked potato is wonderful and the red velvet cake melts in your mouth!


They're the definition of a good BBQ! Famous for Guy coming in to visit them. Outstanding friendly service. I love coming to eat great food and that's what you get.

Joshua Agee

If you're as American as me and love a traditional put Bbq then add this to your next hot spot! Awesome food,great service,and damn good pricing.

Ms. Alexander

Food was delicious!! Service was fast, restaurant was extremely clean,I loved watching the indoor grilling!! I recommend the Big Bob Cheese Burger!!!

Jacqueline Jones

Only thing smoking is the cakes. They are so good. The food is not that good to me.

Joel Serrano

It's been a while since I've been. The food was good, and compared to others, I would grade it as average. Granted, I'm not a BBQ expect.

Jemeca Perry

The red velvet cake was delicious and was a very nice size portion ...the baked beans the wasn't hitting on shhh neither was the potato salad ... the barbecue pulled was okay I will be returning to get some red velvet cake

Eathel Short

Good food enjoyed a lengthy lunch with siblings

Rikesha Foster

My date decided on stopping here for dinner after the original choice was closed for the weekend. I opted for the cheeseburger, no mustard, with potato salad and onion rings. While he ranted and raved over his BBQ beef sandwich and fries, I considered my meal to be...just average. The onion rings, while hot and plentiful, seemed to be missing something. Namely taste. I thought they could've used possibly some salt or some kind of other seasoning. The cheeseburger was...just ok. It was meat, cheese pickles and sauce. Nothing to write Mom about. However, it was cooked well done as i like my burgers to be cooked. Lastly, I didn't care for the potato salad. Too tangy in my opinion. Bob Sykes is a legend here in Jefferson County. I know. But what I ordered just didn't hit the mark as I hoped it would. Before I get stoned for the 3 stars, I will return soon and try the pork or smoked turkey or the chicken. Maybe I'll have better luck next time.

Cecil Walker

Usually the food here is good. I prefer Bob Sykes over the other Bar-B-Q places in town but my last visit may be my last. About twice a week I stop by to pick up a rib sandwich to take with me to work. I like the sauce but I prefer to get it on the side. When I got to work and was ready to eat, I noticed that the ribs were hard and dry. I think they had been microwaved which just ruined the meat. I don't usually complain but this was a waste of money and time.

G Papai

Pretty great bbq and reasonably priced

Karla Rodriguez

Hands down the best ribs I’ve ever had! Not I my that but the service is amazing and you can see them cooking some of the meats too. That’s the cook in front of the sign. Also, the Mac and cheese is amazing! Their seasoning is on point and the atmosphere is awesome. The place is clean and they have a variety of desserts. I would defiantly make the 3hr drive again.

Kailah Hegler

Bob Sykes has the most amazing BBQ in my opinion. I have tried a few different places but none of them compare to this place. Just keep in mind that all the food is made to order so you will have at least a 10-15 minute wait. If you drive up to the restaurant and see that they are packed, don't get discouraged. Their staff is very friendly and hard working. They will get your order out as fast as they can.

Laura Lewis

Bob burger was dry. Service is mediocre at drive thru! I wouldn't recommend the ribs.. Just been around for years, doesn't mean it's top notch!

Van White

Still the best barque in Bessemer, Al


Cashier was super friendly, clean environment. Food was worth about $5 a plate, I had ribs. So disappointed

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