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 ratingI am always excited to go to this restaurant.  Worth every penny.  Great barbecue and well-made sides.

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    John S.

    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 ratingEnjoyed a great lunch here today. We ordered the brisket w/ mac n cheese & pinto beans and the Turkey... read more

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    Amanda B.

    5 star ratingI will admit, the price is somewhat high, but this food really takes you to a backyard barbecue. One of... read more

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    Wylan F.
  • 5 star ratingMy boyfriend and I were looking for a quick cheap place to grab some lunch and took to Yelp to... read more

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    Madison Y.

    5 star ratingDelicious BBQ. Three different house BBQ sauces; one of which I bought and brought back to Houston. I was there... read more

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    Andrew H.

    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 ratingHands down the best BBQ in this area! The ribs are a little bit of heaven in your mouth.

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    Kirsten L.
  • 5 star ratingOkay so are you wanting some good BBQ and soul food? This is the place. The wings are the best... read more

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    Matthew H.

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

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    Christine P.

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

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    Sandra D.

    5 star ratingGreat BBQ!  We walked in and ordered at the counter right away. Our food was handed to us and we... read more

    Patricia R. Avatar
    Patricia R.

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

    Christine L. Avatar
    Christine L.

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

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

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    Cat D.

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

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    Malinda M.

    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.
  • 5 star ratingPretty good. BBQ is a hit or miss for me but the food at Sweet P's was pretty awesome. And... read more

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    Chris G.

    5 star ratingThe food was great and I love the 1982 World's Fair theme. The BBQ is on point, the macaroni is... read more

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    David M.

    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 ratingAmazing. Every single time. I really can't say anything bad. The fried pickle spears are incredible, the nachos and burrito... read more

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    Amanda B.