Downtown Dive - Uptown Corner

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The Downtown Dive & Uptown Corner
are OPEN and serving all of your Sweet p’s Favorites!


Click here to view our new menu and follow us on Facebook for up-to-
date information.


The Downtown Dive & Uptown Corner
are 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 ratingFantastic ribs! Loved the mac n cheese! Beer was cold! Wings were phenomenal! Rusty the bartender was a delight!

    Paulette R. Avatar
    Paulette R.

    5 star ratingTop Notch BBQ... great brisket with side of mac n cheese and green beans.  Pricing is fair and staff is... read more

    Jim M. Avatar
    Jim M.

    5 star ratingI am impressed with the Barnes burner, a combo of brisket, goat pepper cheese, pickled onions, and jalapeños, with a... read more

    Marvin C. Avatar
    Marvin C.

    5 star ratingEverything was so delicious I ate until I just couldn't anymore! They staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I can't... read more

    Miranda M. Avatar
    Miranda M.
  • 5 star ratingMy vote for best ribs in America. Meaty, tender, fall off the bone, none of that hard crunchy stuff. Served... read more

    Will D. Avatar
    Will D.

    5 star ratingDry rub wings are so good they could make a nun cuss. Fried pickles are what dreams are made of.... read more

    Vivian B. Avatar
    Vivian B.

    5 star ratingSome great, authentic barbecue!  I was really hungry and wanted to stop in and try this place.  I was not... read more

    Brett S. Avatar
    Brett S.

    5 star ratingThis by far is one of the best BBQ places I have eaten at! The ribs were seasoned perfectly and... read more

    Malinda M. Avatar
    Malinda M.
  • 5 star ratingAwesome place!!! The pimento cheese dip is next level! The ribs were awesome too. All of the food was good,... read more

    Justin F. Avatar
    Justin F.

    5 star ratingThis is great BBQ even for a BBQ snob. The sides items are perfect and atmosphere matches. Our biggest complaint... read more

    Seth T. Avatar
    Seth T.

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

    Cat D. Avatar
    Cat D.

    5 star ratingFantastic BBQ! Wanted to give some Tennessee style BBQ a try passing through Knoxville and this place does not disappoint.... read more

    Joshua T. Avatar
    Joshua T.
  • 5 star ratingOK people. I travel a lot. This food was so good. I have the brisket chicken pulled pork mac &... read more

    Cliff C. Avatar
    Cliff C.

    5 star ratingBest barbecue ever. My husband and I were passing through Knoxville on our road trip from New Jersey to Texas.... read more

    Marie M. Avatar
    Marie M.

    5 star ratingAte here while passing through to Florida from Michigan. Great easy parking. Not a dive at all, but rather a... read more

    Jack G. Avatar
    Jack G.

    5 star ratingThe brisket was delicious! Get it, you won't be sorry. Mac and cheese was awesome, too. I've been making the... read more

    Megan S. Avatar
    Megan S.
  • 5 star ratingI don't have children, but if I did I'd sell them into slavery to eat here if it came down... read more

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    B B.

    5 star ratingI went for lunch this past week and I'm so glad I did. The food was tasty and the quality... read more

    Monica C. Avatar
    Monica C.

    5 star ratingTasty 'Q with quick service.  Have been twice and left a happy camper both times.  Reasonably priced as well.

    Christopher P. Avatar
    Christopher P.

    5 star ratingThis is the best barbecue in Knoxville. Me and my wife got the sample platter, so I got to try... read more

    Brient K. Avatar
    Brient K.
  • 5 star ratingNot a bad thing to say about this BBQ joint! Clean, quick service wither ordering up front, and delicious southern... read more

    Chloe S. Avatar
    Chloe S.

    5 star ratingEverywhere I go I always try the local BBQ, but there's no place like home  Sweet P's is my favorite... read more

    Jonathan H. Avatar
    Jonathan H.

    5 star ratingThe BBQ here is delicious!! Everyone here is really nice. We stopped here on our way to New Orleans, coming... read more

    Misty W. Avatar
    Misty W.

    5 star ratingWe were passing thru Knoxville and Yelp said we had to stop here. Quick detour from Interstate. We had their... read more

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    Win G.