In 1968 the late Rev. John A. “Big
John” Stephens opened Big John's Alabama
Barbeque in East Tampa, Florida on 40th
John”, came to Tampa from
Eufaula, Alabama. He with his family in
tow came to the area with goals of being
an entrepreneur but most importantly a man
of God. He obtained and exceeded that goal
and “Big John’s”
is still in existence today, 42 years later.
John ran the business for some 25 years
until his demise in 1994. His passing and
his legacy was surmountable to many in the
Bay Area. His wife and children continue
his legacy by providing good food, great
customer service and southern hospitality.
was recognized and awarded for his contributions
to the community by the Tampa Tribune and
other media outlets.
son Fred Stephens, continues the tradition
and keeps the business and barbeque going.
Big John’s Barbeque is known for its
open pit style barbequing and has continued
this technique for over 40 years.