Bad to the Bone BBQ is owned and operated by the Cobbs' family. Mack Cobb has lived in Williamson since 1968, the son of a migrant worker, he helped the family pick apples at local farms. Mack met his wife Rose Mary while working here and returned in 1968 to marry the love of his life. Over the years, the couple would gather friends' houses where the men would go outside to grill. Mack said he was just a natural at it, "It was a gift that I was given and eventually I took over the grilling responsibility and developed my culinary style.
Children were born to the couple as they settled in to life in Williamson. Mack's prowess on the grill continued and his reputation grew. Mack and his son Brian (with the help of Brian's wife Monica) opened Bad to the Bone BBQ in November 2003 after being urged to do so by friends who had loved their ribs at their church's functions.
"We got to talking to a lot of people and they said, 'you guys, you are good at what you do...you should think about opening a business," Mack smiled as he remembered. "We had this building on 104 and decided to give it a try...It worked for us!
Bad to the Bone BBQ has become a destination, but it has also become a real family business as well. Along with Mack and Rose Mary, Brian and Monica, Mack's daughter Michelle and grandkids Michael and Jordan all work at the restaurant. There are also three other employees who are key to keeping things running smoothly.
"People that love southern food, come to Bad to the Bone and put a little south in your mouth," Mack urged. "It's true, I do it southern style...it's like eating down south.
Down-home barbecue cooking catered throughout the Lake Ontario areas of New York - Williamson, Lyons, Wayne County - Rochester, Penfield, Webster, Monroe County - Canandaigua, Ontario County - Waterloo, Seneca County - Auburn, Cayuga County.