Early this morning while the restaurant was closed, our Sweet P’s Uptown Corner location in Fountain City was hit by a car and sustained damage to the building. No employees were in the building at the time of the incident. The restaurant will be temporarily closed today and until further notice.

We will keep you updated as we know more and work toward reopening. For timely updates, please check our Facebook page.



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

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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  • 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.

    5 star ratingOH MY GOD THE MAC N CHEESE IS AMAZING! Staff is super sweet and food is delicious. Inside is cute... read more

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    Gabby S.

    5 star ratingWent to Sweet Ps again last night and the wife for some Florida Hate Eve rage eating to get a... read more

    Ben A. Avatar
    Ben A.

    5 star ratingPhenomenal BBQ for a great price, delicious banana pudding, and they have Mello Yello!

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    T Gregory K.
  • 5 star ratingI love good bbq and I found some good "q" at Sweet P's.  I ordered he bbq burrito.  It was... read more

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    Nancy H.

    5 star ratingWow!!! Another hidden gem! My husband has lived here most of his life and he didn't know this place existed.... read more

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    Melissa B.

    5 star ratingLots of "verys" for this place.  
    Very trendy,
    Very friendly,
    Very good smoked turkey,
    Very expensive for a bbq lunch spot,
    Very, very...
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    Roaming E.

    5 star ratingI don't know how I haven't had Sweet P's BBQ since moving to Knoxville a year ago!  You really can't... read more

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    Sherissa M.
  • 5 star ratingI am always excited to go to this restaurant.  Worth every penny.  Great barbecue and well-made sides.

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    John S.

    5 star ratingWow. So good! I ordered the BBQ chicken plate with greens n things and Mac n cheese. A.m.a.z.i.n.g! And a... read more

    Tiara G. Avatar
    Tiara G.

    5 star ratingHighly recommend! We went on a Friday evening and split the sampler (pulled pork, briscut, ribs, and three sides) and... read more

    Sam S. Avatar
    Sam S.

    5 star ratingStop by the small BBQ restaurant and WOW was I surprised by their smoked ribs, ordered a half rack and... read more

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    Steve H.
  • 5 star ratingGood food. Here's what you should order:  BBQ burrito with brisket and Mac and cheese in it. Add both the... read more

    Ken L. Avatar
    Ken L.

    5 star ratingGreat Place! I stopped here from a trip across the US and the food was excellent! I ordered the BBQ... read more

    Tony F. Avatar
    Tony F.

    5 star ratingPhenomenal lunch spot! We were passing through Knoxville on our way home and stopped here based on other reviews. We're... read more

    Shannon E. Avatar
    Shannon E.

    5 star ratingGet the wings. You will not be disappointed. This is a great staple within the Knox community. Such a great... read more

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    Brittani H.
  • 5 star ratingEnjoyed a great lunch here today. We ordered the brisket w/ mac n cheese & pinto beans and the Turkey... read more

    Amanda B. Avatar
    Amanda B.

    5 star ratingWe had great food! We were on the patio and the chef showed our kids the smoker and how it... read more

    Michael M. Avatar
    Michael M.

    5 star ratingAbsolutely incredible.  I love using the food network app to find new places. We had the sampler and a burrito.... read more

    Missie S. Avatar
    Missie S.

    5 star ratingNot only is it great food, but they have a great staff. Banana bread pudding is to die for!

    Laura D. Avatar
    Laura D.
  • 5 star ratingWe walked in here with no clue what to get.  The guy behind the counter said hands down, the best... read more

    Sandra D. Avatar
    Sandra D.

    5 star ratingSimply the best BBQ downtown. The wings are to die for as is everything else. Cute atmosphere too!

    Grace V. Avatar
    Grace V.

    5 star ratingFavorite bbq place in town. Get the Mac and cheese and potato salad - not like regular potato salad though.... read more

    Katie C. Avatar
    Katie C.

    5 star ratingThis place is amazing and the best BBQ i done near ever had. Awesome. Love them already

    Benjamin M. Avatar
    Benjamin M.