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 looking forward to the opening of Uptown Corner, our new full-service restaurant and bar at 3029 Tazewell Pike in Fountain City. Follow Sweet P’s Uptown Corner on
Facebook for updates.


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 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 ratingThis place has solid BBQ. Great special on Tuesdays for mexican/bbq blend plates. Banana pudding is the best in town!

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    4 star ratingMy first time here. I can't say anything about the pork because I didn't try it but I am assuming... read more

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    Blanca C.

    4 star ratingWas driving through and stopped by for a bite. Decided to get the chicken which had a nice smokey flavour.... read more

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  • 4 star ratingGood food and comfy atmosphere. Ribs were delicious and Mac and cheese was A-1 for a dining purchase versus making... read more

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    Andrea W.

    4 star ratingThe BBQ burrito is dang tasty with brisket, slaw, beans, cheese and sauce!  Thursday's special is the smoked meatloaf, don't... read more

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    Adam F.

    4 star ratingI ate here after UTK beat Ky
    Beer was fresh
    Sweet Tea was delicious
    I hate Mac and cheese but this...
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    Jason B.

    5 star ratingSweet P's is a fantastic BBQ joint. In a location that is a short walk from the heart of downtown,... read more

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  • 5 star rating1 word: Brisket! You can thank me later. It willMelt in your mouth and fill you up. The sauces are... read more

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    Vincyl F.

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

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    Michael M.

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