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The Downtown Dive at 410 W. Jackson Ave., in Knoxville



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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 ratingSweet P's is BBQ. Everything here is delicious so bring an empty stomach. Your wallet won't be hit hard because... read more

    Aaron F. Avatar
    Aaron F.

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

    Scott M. Avatar
    Scott M.

    5 star ratingThis is the quickest we've finished a meal, because it tastes so good there's no reason to take your time.... read more

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    E V.

    5 star ratingI don't know how I haven't had Sweet P's BBQ since moving to Knoxville a year ago!  You really can't... read more

    Sherissa M. Avatar
    Sherissa 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

    Chris G. Avatar
    Chris G.

    5 star ratingOK people. I travel a lot. This food was so good. I have the brisket chicken pulled pork mac &... read more

    Cliff C. Avatar
    Cliff C.

    5 star ratingRibs are the stuff of dreams - falling off the bone, but still meaty, with a great rub crust. Pulled... read more

    Rick P. Avatar
    Rick P.

    5 star ratingThis is great BBQ even for a BBQ snob. The sides items are perfect and atmosphere matches. Our biggest complaint... read more

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

    Matthew H. Avatar
    Matthew H.

    5 star ratingSweet P's BBQ and Downtown Dive is AWESOME... I feel bad that the roads are all closed around it so... read more

    Mike K. Avatar
    Mike K.

    5 star ratingThis is about as good of bbq as you'll get most any place, and I'm speaking as a visitor from... read more

    Derrick C. Avatar
    Derrick C.

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

    Amanda B. Avatar
    Amanda B.

    5 star ratingVery tasty brisket. I got it on top of the big green salad. It made me feel like I was... read more

    Elana E. Avatar
    Elana E.

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

    L E. Avatar
    L E.

    5 star ratingGet the wings. You will not be disappointed. This is a great staple within the Knox community. Such a great... read more

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

    Brock H. Avatar
    Brock H.

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

    Christine P. Avatar
    Christine P.

    5 star ratingThis place is amazing and the best BBQ i done near ever had. Awesome. Love them already

    Benjamin M. Avatar
    Benjamin M.

    5 star ratingBest barbecue ever. My husband and I were passing through Knoxville on our road trip from New Jersey to Texas.... read more

    Marie M. Avatar
    Marie M.
  • 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 ratingFantastic ribs! Loved the mac n cheese! Beer was cold! Wings were phenomenal! Rusty the bartender was a delight!

    Paulette R. Avatar
    Paulette R.

    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 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.