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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  • 5 star rating11/17/18 - update. I will 5 star the hell out of this place everytime we go in town. Becoming one... read more

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    5 star ratingAwesome! Great food. Kids loved it. Best burrito ever had! Sit upstairs it's awesome.

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    5 star ratingDelicious! My family and I came to try this place out based on reviews. We ordered the Sampler and tried... read more

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    5 star ratingI'm visiting the college with my daughter and had a chance to sneak away for some "alone" time. Yelp suggested... read more

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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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    5 star ratingAs a vegetarian, it's not always easy to find something to eat that's not covered in animal fat at a... read more

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    4 star ratingThis is our first time for Tennessee style barbecue, tried their ribs, brisket with two sides. It is very different... read more

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    5 star ratingRibs are the stuff of dreams - falling off the bone, but still meaty, with a great rub crust. Pulled... read more

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  • 5 star ratingIt was all excellent! We had the sampler platter which is a lot of food. The mac and cheese side... read more

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    5 star ratingOne word - WOW. It all started with Chandra. She is the best. She greeted us and as we looked... read more