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Alex Cooks is originally from Mobile Alabama growing up in a family of 10 siblings.  As the youngest boy, he would often spend time with his mother and older sisters in the kitchen cooking meals for their large family.  As his mother Nellie would admit, this is where Alex honed his cooking skills.  These days Alex is still in the kitchen, this time he's the one cooking up great meals for his customers, family and friends.  Along with his sons and wife he continues to make the BEST BBQ in TAMPA.

Alex's BBQ was founded in 1994 by Alex Cooks and James "Jimbo" Coates.  Their relationship started in 1989 when Alex was working for a local BBQ restaurant where Jimbo was a weekly patron.  The two struck up an immediate friendship that has lasted more than 20 years.  The two are an odd pairing, when they first met, Jimbo was a 60 year old retired business man and  Alex was a 24 year old restaurant manager who had just moved to Tampa from Mobile Alabama.  If you ask either of them the  things that have made their relationship so strong even after 20 years are family, tradition and most of all BBQ.

When the opportunity was right Alex and Jimbo opened Alex's Southern Style BBQ located at 5362 W Village Drive, Tampa.  Alex's Southern Style BBQ has been serving the Carrollwood, Northdale and Citrus Park neighborhoods since 1994 offering southern style BBQ which is slowly cooked over an open oak wood burning fire pit just about every day of the year.  Since the beginning Alex's Famous BBQ Sauce is prepared behind closed doors by Alex himself.  Alex believes his slow roasted ribs, pork, beef, chicken and sausage are the best in Tampa Bay but EVERYTHING tastes better with a little of Alex Famous BBQ sauce on it.

As soon as you walk through the doors you'll say to yourself "WOW the food smells great "and Alex will always be the first to say, "It tastes even better!"

We hope to see you soon at Alex's Southern Style BBQ.