– Now with 2 Locations –

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Holiday Hours

Wednesday, November 25th: Closing at 3pm
Thursday, November 26th: Closed

December 13th: Closing at 3pm
December 24th: Closed
December 25th: Closed
December 31st: Closing at 3pm

January 1st: Closed

Knoxville’s Finest Barbeque Joints

Chris Ford turned his love of southern cuisine into Sweet P’s, a catering company founded in 2005. Working out of his home with the help of his wife and daughter (Sweet P) the company grew through word of mouth and a reputation of having authentic barbeque, great sauces and out of this world sides. In 2008 it was time to bring a partner on to open a dine in location. Jonathan Ford, Chris’s cousin, would fill that role making the company a true family affair.

Located on the little river in Knoxville, TN Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House opened to rave reviews in the spring of 2009. With it’s family juke joint atmosphere and great entertainment not to mention the award winning food Sweet P’s quickly garnered local praise and national media attention. In 2010 Sweet P’s made their national TV debut appearing on the Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food. In the spring of 2015 Sweet P’s second location, the Downtown Dive, opened to an incredible reception filling a barbecue void that the downtown community was craving.

Specializing in the art of smoked foods Sweet P’s prides itself on doing things the right way in the tradition of it’s southern heritage..slow and low. The menu is a fresh take on soul food classics turning old favorites into Sweet P’s originals. Everything is made daily using fresh ingredients and the highest quality of meats. So come on by and experience a modern twist on soul food.


Although we have catering packages we are always happy to customize any package to suit the needs of our customers. Feel free to call or email us anytime to talk about your next event. Click below to for pricing and full menu.

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Soul Power

Check out Soul Power on 90.3 the Rock, featuring the best in old school soul, Sundays from 6pm to 8pm brought to you by Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House.


Current Special

Tailgate Pack – $125

Feeds at least 10


  • 2 Racks of Ribs (cut in 2-bone sections)
  • 20 Wings (Dry Rubbed or Tossed in Spicy Garlic Wing Sauce)
  • 3 Pounds of Pork with Buns and Sauce
  • 2 Pints of Slaw
  • 3 Pints of Tater Salad

This is offered all month long. Pick up only.