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 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 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 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.

    4 star ratingWow, great food!! We had the pulled pork, Mac n cheese and green beans, and it was amazing!
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    Chelsea T.
  • 5 star ratingThis a very good restaurant. The BBQ'd pork is tasty. The sauces are all worth trying. Very friendly atmosphere. We... read more

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    Manuel F.

    4 star ratingMy go-to here is to share the sampler plate. It will definitely be enough for 2 hungry people.  They have... read more

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    Vanessa N.

    4 star ratingMy husband and I just moved here from California, so we're fairly novice in the bbq world, but we have... read more

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    Kaylin Y.

    4 star ratingI had the nachos special with pork and my cousin had the pork meal. Both were very good. Make sure... read more

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    Ashley D.
  • 5 star ratingEverything we ate was delicious - brisket, pulled pork, Mac n cheese, potato salad (like my mom's), slaw, and greens.... read more

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    Sarah T.

    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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