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

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    Joshua T.

    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 ratingIt was awesome. The experience was laid havk and casual, but the food was top notch. The Cafeteria style allows... read more

    Britt D. Avatar
    Britt D.

    5 star ratingI absolutely love this place! The barbecue buttito is to die for!  All the side dishes are wonderful, and the... read more

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

    Jon W. Avatar
    Jon W.

    5 star ratingWow this was delicious barbecue! I got the platter with a pulled pork sandwich, Mac and cheese, and potato salad,... read more

    Ty B. Avatar
    Ty B.

    5 star ratingAvoid the often rude service on weekend nights in Market Square and come here instead! Not only are they friendly,... read more

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    Emma l.

    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 ratingAlways my favorite place for ribs! Their rub is fantastic and for a small price you can buy a container... read more

    Karen H. Avatar
    Karen H.

    5 star ratingBeware: This food is delicious. As soon as you're done eating absolutely anything from their menu, you need to keep... read more

    Josh W. Avatar
    Josh W.

    5 star ratingStopped in on a business trip because the reviews were so good. Guess what, the reviews were 1000% correct. The... read more

    Dave W. Avatar
    Dave W.

    5 star ratingOrdered the sampler platter here on a Saturday afternoon with my husband.  It came with ribs, pork with corn bread,... read more

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    Dawn D.
  • 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 was without a doubt... SOOO GOOD! I'm getting hungry just thinking about this meal again. Was recommended to get... read more

    Cannie T. Avatar
    Cannie T.

    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 ratingThis was some of the best BBQ I've ever eaten. I chose the chicken plate with green beans and tater... read more

    Kristy K. Avatar
    Kristy K.
  • 5 star ratingSweet heavenly ribs I am not joking these ribs are heaven sent. I have had good BBQ and have had... read more

    Paul F. Avatar
    Paul F.

    5 star ratingWe were visiting Knoxville for the marathon and wanted a big meal after the race and we were not disappointed!... read more

    Christina G. Avatar
    Christina G.

    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

    Turner M. Avatar
    Turner M.

    5 star ratingHonestly everything on the menu here is incredible. I dream about the Mac and cheese and could really use a... read more

    Aydan S. Avatar
    Aydan S.
  • 5 star ratingI've never had a bad meal here! My favorite is the beef brisket with double mac and cheese. Yum! Delicious... read more

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    Leann C.

    5 star ratingThe staff here have been by far the most welcoming of any restaurant we've been to downtown since moving here... read more

    Kristen M. Avatar
    Kristen M.

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

    Eric H. Avatar
    Eric H.

    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

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    Monica C.