As the community begins to emerge from a pandemic and looks ahead to the future, all of us have had to adapt to changes. As a member of the restaurant and hospitality community, Sweet P’s has been able to sustain our business with your help, but we have not been immune to the challenges of the past year.


The Soul House on Maryville Pike is permanently closed. Our first location, this spot on the Little River always will hold sweet memories, and we’re grateful to the Knoxville and Maryville communities for the longtime support.


We are happy to announce that the Uptown Corner, our new full-service restaurant and bar at 3029 Tazewell Pike in Fountain City, is now open! Follow Sweet P’s Uptown Corner on Facebook for more information including events and specials.


The Downtown Dive at 410 W. Jackson Ave., in Knoxville
is open and serving all of your Sweet P’s favorites.


We appreciate your ongoing support and as always, have a smokin’ day.

Knoxville’s Finest
Barbecue Joints

Sweet P’s barbecue started as a catering company in 2005 when owner Chris Ford, with the help of his wife and daughter, lovingly called Sweet P, prepared and delivered delicious Southern fare.

Word spread about the authentic barbecue, great sauces and amazing sides, and as business grew, it was time to open a dine-in restaurant in 2009. The Soul House served barbecue and live music along the Little River in Maryville until 2020. During that time, Chris’ cousin, Jonathan Ford, joined the family affair, and they even were featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food.

The current location, Downtown Dive, opened to fulfill barbecue cravings in downtown Knoxville in 2015. Located at 410 W. Jackson Ave., Downtown Dive was borne from a love of classic American dive bars and barbecue joints and carries on the tradition of Sweet P’s Southern heritage.

In the spring of 2021, the first full-service Sweet P’s concept, Uptown Corner, will open in Fountain City. Featuring table service and a bar, we look forward to serving our customers at 3029 Tazewell Pike and joining the Fountain City community.


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  • 4 star ratingIt's pretty good. The meats were all cooked extremely well--which surprisingly a lot of bbq places don't do well. The... read more

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    Ha N.

    5 star ratingOh my so yummy - the amazing things about this spot totally outweigh the few cons, there is only one... read more

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    Nicole R.

    5 star ratingMy fiancé and I are Canadians vacationing here who were seeking the real Southern BBQ we have heard so much... read more

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    Cat D.

    5 star ratingOrdered the sampler and was more than satisfied! Mac and Cheese was fuego!! Great atmosphere and  awesome food!

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  • 4 star ratingStopped by here for lunch on the road and we were stunned to find a fellow Pennsylvanian runs this shop... read more

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    Justin Y.

    4 star ratingSolid place to get some bbq in Knoxville. The line/wait was a little long but I chalked that up to... read more

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    Bear G.

    5 star ratingFantastic ribs! Loved the mac n cheese! Beer was cold! Wings were phenomenal! Rusty the bartender was a delight!

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    Paulette R.

    5 star ratingOn our last cross country road trip I found this place on Yelp.  The pictures of the mac n cheese... read more

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    Michelle B.
  • 5 star ratingA perfect place to get bbq downtown. No frills here--it is what it is and it is so good. You... read more

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    Lan N.

    4 star ratingBest barbeque in Knoxville!

    What really sets Sweet P's apart for me are their wonderful Barbeque burritos that are simply outstanding!....
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