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 ratingLove the barbecue (I've now had their pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. All great.) I can't speak to their sauces.... read more

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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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    Madeleine A.

    5 star ratingYUGE serving sizes, YUGE flavor, YUGE fan. Fair prices and some seriously fresh food. Beer selection is top notch so... read more

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    5 star ratingCame to Knoxville (from NJ) to see a Vols game and we had this place on our agenda from the... read more

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  • 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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    5 star ratingNow, I love good ribs... No disappointment here. Loved the rub & tenderness of their ribs. We chose the Sampler... read more

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    Brad F.

    5 star ratingAmazing ribs. The meat was literally falling off the bone as soon as I picked it up. These guys truly... read more

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    Jennifer L.

    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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    Rebecca N.
  • 5 star ratingAfter the total disaster that was Central BBQ in downtown Memphis, I was completely skeptical to trying another BBQ. I... read more

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    Luan P.

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

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    Katie C.

    5 star ratingWe were in town from Boston for work. We stopped by for lunch and it was fantastic! It was smoked... read more

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    Alison E.

    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 ratingAmazing BBQ.  Had bbq chicken with Mac n cheese and greens.  Plenty of meat and my son also has banana... read more

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    L E.

    5 star ratingWe stopped here in the middle of a road trip from SC to Ohio, and it worth the detour. I... read more

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    Scott M.

    5 star ratingThis place is my go-to for wings/bbq downtown Knoxville. It is the perfect balance of approachable and delicious.

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    Calvin D.

    5 star ratingBest BBQ in Knoxville. Took my stubborn Memphis friends here. They would never admit it's better than Memphis BBQ but... read more

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    Henri Q.
  • 5 star rating3 words: Mac and Cheese

    I love this place. My only complaint would be that on busy shifts, they often run...
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    Claire H.

    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 ratingSweet P's is the best BBQ I've ever had. What more is there to say? Get the ribs, brisket, and... read more

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    James T.

    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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    Rick P.
  • 5 star ratingThis barbecue place is delicious. It's quick and easy. You just pick something from the menu, order, and then you... read more

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    Duyen M.

    5 star ratingWhile parking was a challenge, our dinner was amazing! You order "cafeteria style". I tried the sample platter, with potato... read more

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    Summer L.

    5 star ratingWe had our favorite BBQ here from our DC to Knoxville roadtrip! My boyfriend and I shared a sample platter,... read more

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    Christine L.

    5 star ratingMy mouth is watering just thinking about the food here. If you are looking for soul food this is the... read more

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