Welcome to Sticky Lips BBQ!

Here you’ll find the latest news from our restaurants, including the music calendar for our Jefferson Road location. Browse around and check out our menus and fundraising info while you’re here!


The Sticky Lips BBQ Shoot Out

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The Sticky Lips BBQ Shoot Out in between periods at a recent Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse game.  No winners this time, but it was a lot of fun!


A flock of Thanksgiving turkeys leaving the roost!


We had a line out the door for our Thanksgiving Day turkey pick-up.  Thanks to our customers, we had a record year!

There’s still time to order your Christmas Hickory Smoked Turkey Dinner!

Smoked Turkey for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again — Why not treat the family to Sticky Lips this holiday season and get a smoked turkey?


Download and print the order form.

A Holiday Celebration at the Juke Joint

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Americana Roots duo Richie Stearns (banjo) and Rosie Newton (fiddle) will be joined by friends, including Hank Roberts (cello) Wednesday December 17 bringing their incredible bluegrass blend to the Rochester area. This show promises a special holiday treat for the ears and the senses! These folks can really take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries with both traditional and original songs.

Legendary banjo player Richie Stearns is one of the most influential old-time players of the last 25 years, stretching the genre in many innovative ways. He is steeped in the traditions of Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock and country music. His band The Horseflies re-defined old-time music in the 1980’s and 90’s and introduced the unique Ithaca, NY sound to a whole generation of traditional musicians and fans. A founding member of Donna the Buffalo and the Renegades, Richie has collaborated, opened for, or played in bands with Natalie Merchant, Beausoleil, Farm Report (w/Tony Trischka), 10,000 Maniacs, Kevin Burke, Johnny Clegg, and Savuka, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, and many others.

Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer at the beginning of her music career. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community. Newton tours with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, the Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy and occasionally The Pearly Snaps and in an internationally touring Celtic band called Ferintosh. She is represented on countless recordings, including her own projects – The Pearly Snaps, and on her most recent CD, Tractor Beam with Stearns.

Even in a parallel universe where jazz cellists are as common as tenor madmen and trumpet-blowing boppers, Hank Roberts would be utterly unique. Over his nearly four-decade career, Roberts has forged a compelling original voice on the cello, encompassing abstract improvisation and soulful folk melodies, intricate new-music compositions and vigorous rock songs. The list of names with whom Roberts has shared stages or studios is staggering, including members of U2, Gavin Friday, Sting, Joel Grey, David Sanborn, Lydia Lunch, Mamadou Diabate, Andy Summers, Pat Metheny, Flo and Eddie, Gary Burton, Shane McGowan, and Julius Hemphil, and of course, Richie Stearns.

Opening for the group will be Milkweed the Band, an Americana string band with a focus on lyrics and group vocal harmony, Milkweed draws inspiration from folk, bluegrass, straight country, blues, world and pretty much anything else you can think of, defining sound by strings, harmony and lyrics: “With one foot in the future of world music and the other rooted in American blues and country, Milkweed is known for uplifting shows, complete with foot stomping, sing-a-longs, and words remembered long after the music stops.” –(-Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance-)

December 17, 2014 – Doors: 7:30 – Show: 8:30 – Cover: $10

Dinner with the Empty Hearts

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Dino Kay and Sticky Lips BBQ owner Howard Nielsen met up with the Empty Hearts for dinner before the second leg of their tour.

The boys wanted to get their fill of barbecue before a long overnight bus ride to their next destination!

We wish them well, and if  you ever get the chance to see them perform, you won’t be let down.

Eat a Pork Sandwich... Build a Community

Doing Great Things at the Corner of Culver & Atlantic

Howard Nielsen, founder of Sticky Lips BBQ in Rochester, NY, opened the world’s very first Sticky Lips BBQ on the corner of Culver and Atlantic, on the site was an old auto dealership that was built in 1926.

Opening in April, 2004, the sign on the marquee read, “I just spent my life savings. Please eat my food.” The original store was recently expanded with the addition of its catering and BBQ fundraising business.

Now Howie could use some help from his neighbors. As you may have noticed driving by the original restaurant, where Phase I of a total major renovation of the two acre corner is underway. Nielsen is going to rebrand the 33,000 square foot building into a neighborhood entertainment district. The plaza will be named Photo City Junction, derived from Rochester’s history in film and camera manufacturing.

The first business on the Atlantic side of the plaza is now open: a microbrewery called The Lost Borough. This spring, right next to the brewery, will be Nielsen’s entry in the comedy business, the Photo City Improv & Comedy Club. The Pink Flamingo Restaurant will soon follow.

And that’s just the half of it. Phase II will be along the Culver Road side. (Just in case you were wondering what was going on in your neighborhood.)

Sticky Lips Pit BBQ and owner Howard Nielsen are reinvesting in the neighborhood. When Photo City Junction is complete, we will be creating between 200-300 part and full time jobs.

We are asking you to consider us in your dining or catering decisions.

So buy a pork sandwich and help a build a community!