Knoxville’s Finest
Barbecue Joints

Chris Ford turned his love of southern cuisine into Sweet P’s, a catering company founded in 2005. Working out of his home with the help of his wife and daughter (Sweet P) the company grew through word of mouth and a reputation of having authentic barbeque, great sauces and out of this world sides. In 2008 it was time to bring a partner on to open a dine in location. Jonathan Ford, Chris’s cousin, would fill that role making the company a true family affair.

Located on the little river in Knoxville, TN Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House opened to rave reviews in the spring of 2009. With it’s family juke joint atmosphere and great entertainment not to mention the award winning food Sweet P’s quickly garnered local praise and national media attention. In 2010 Sweet P’s made their national TV debut appearing on the Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food. In the spring of 2015 Sweet P’s second location, the Downtown Dive, opened to an incredible reception filling a barbecue void that the downtown community was craving.


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  • 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 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 ratingFast & efficient BBQ served cafeteria style.  Walk in, grab a tray, order, they hand you your food and then... read more

    Claire W. Avatar
    Claire W.

    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.
  • 5 star ratingStop by the small BBQ restaurant and WOW was I surprised by their smoked ribs, ordered a half rack and... read more

    Steve H. Avatar
    Steve H.

    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 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.

    4 star ratingAwesome bbq!

    Excellent and quick service!  Everything was tasty and reasonably priced.  

    Highly recommended.

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    Steve B.
  • 5 star ratingGood lord does this place have good ribs!!  I don't like ribs slathered in sauce, so they just left them... read more

    Michael S. Avatar
    Michael S.

    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 ratingWe were passing through Knoxville on the way to Gatlinburg on our honeymoon. I saw this place on Yelp and... read more

    Emily S. Avatar
    Emily S.

    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 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 ratingThis restaurant is fantastic! Their menu has rotating specials that are always delicious - and their BBQ pork, chicken, brisket,... read more

    Grant M. Avatar
    Grant M.

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

    Christine P. Avatar
    Christine P.

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

    Amanda B. Avatar
    Amanda B.

    5 star ratingAbsolutely incredible.  I love using the food network app to find new places. We had the sampler and a burrito.... read more

    Missie S. Avatar
    Missie S.

    4 star ratingDisclaimer; when I'm traveling, and the wife can't adequately monitor my meat and beer intake, my default choice of eating... read more

    Philip R. Avatar
    Philip R.

    5 star ratingDelicious! My family and I came to try this place out based on reviews. We ordered the Sampler and tried... read more

    Madeleine A. Avatar
    Madeleine A.
  • 4 star ratingMy meal at Sweet P's today finally moved me to write this review. Their barbecue is solid, and their sides... read more

    Jared M. Avatar
    Jared M.

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

    Jennifer L. Avatar
    Jennifer L.

    5 star ratingWe had great food! We were on the patio and the chef showed our kids the smoker and how it... read more

    Michael M. Avatar
    Michael M.

    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 ratingDelicious. One of the best barbecue joints in Knoxville. Watch for the specials they have each day so you can... read more

    Michael L. Avatar
    Michael L.

    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 ratingAbsolutely amazing food. If you're in Knoxville and want to complete your trip with an unforgettable southern BBQ experience...then Sweet... read more

    Catherine N. Avatar
    Catherine N.

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

    Andrew H. Avatar
    Andrew H.
  • 5 star ratingAte here while passing through to Florida from Michigan. Great easy parking. Not a dive at all, but rather a... read more

    Jack G. Avatar
    Jack G.

    5 star ratingMy vote for best ribs in America. Meaty, tender, fall off the bone, none of that hard crunchy stuff. Served... read more

    Will D. Avatar
    Will D.

    5 star ratingPhenomenal lunch spot! We were passing through Knoxville on our way home and stopped here based on other reviews. We're... read more

    Shannon E. Avatar
    Shannon E.

    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 ratingThis is the best barbecue in Knoxville. Me and my wife got the sample platter, so I got to try... read more

    Brient K. Avatar
    Brient K.

    4 star ratingGreat place! Atmosphere is what a BBQ joint should be. Rustic, yet clean. And the food was better than good.... read more

    Craig B. Avatar
    Craig B.

    4 star ratingWe go to sweet P's all the time. If you're in the mood for some consistently good bbq, this is... read more

    Donna B. Avatar
    Donna B.

    4 star ratingPricey but great food would go weekly but twice a year budget,spend that amount I'm going to ye ole.or Ruth's

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    Wade S.
  • 5 star ratingSo glad our family decided to eat here vs our 1st stop somewhere else. Food, service, location...perfect. Loved the music... read more

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    Natalie B.

    4 star ratingThis places ribs were great , when the meat about falls off then I know I like it. The sauces... read more

    Joan H. Avatar
    Joan H.

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

    Dawn D. Avatar
    Dawn D.

    4 star ratingThe chicken wings with the Sweet P's dry rub and ranch are delicious. The greens and things salad is also... 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 the best BBQ I've ever had. What more is there to say? Get the ribs, brisket, and... read more

    James T. Avatar
    James T.

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

    Malinda M. Avatar
    Malinda M.

    5 star ratingOMG never thought I'd love BBQ down south but this place was a winner.  On our way back to KC... read more

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    Shawn T.
  • 5 star ratingBest BBQ in Knoxville! we have tried the others but this is my favorite. Great pulled pork plate! The pork... read more

    Emmy H. Avatar
    Emmy H.

    4 star ratingNormally when we have a craving for BBQ, we head to Sweet P's Soul House - it was closed today... read more

    Christina W. Avatar
    Christina W.

    4 star ratingThis place was recommended by my client while traveling for work. The staff was very friendly, helpful and  accommodating .... read more

    Mac M. Avatar
    Mac M.

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

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    Brittani H.
  • 5 star ratingOrdered the sampler and was more than satisfied! Mac and Cheese was fuego!! Great atmosphere and  awesome food!

    Hector E. Avatar
    Hector E.

    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 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 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 ratingWe were passing thru Knoxville and Yelp said we had to stop here. Quick detour from Interstate. We had their... read more

    Win G. Avatar
    Win G.

    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 ratingWow! We can in town to see the Backstreet Boys (don't judge ) and we came to Sweet P's because... read more

    Cassandra C. Avatar
    Cassandra C.

    4 star ratingFirst visit and I'm impressed. Got the three meet sampler - pork, ribs, brisket, and the Mac and cheese, green... read more

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

    Brad F. Avatar
    Brad F.

    5 star ratingThis place has the best BBQ I've ever had!  The atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable.we ate in their outdoor... read more

    Tom K. Avatar
    Tom K.

    4 star ratingWe stopped here on our way home from a road trip. Right off I-75. The food was great. Had the... read more

    Samantha U. Avatar
    Samantha U.

    5 star ratingWow!!! Another hidden gem! My husband has lived here most of his life and he didn't know this place existed.... read more

    Melissa B. Avatar
    Melissa B.
  • 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.

    4 star ratingFirst day in Knoxville, we found this place on yelp. I went in and quickly let them know I was... read more

    Eric F. Avatar
    Eric F.

    5 star ratingPhenomenal BBQ for a great price, delicious banana pudding, and they have Mello Yello!

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    T Gregory K.

    4 star ratingThis is our first time for Tennessee style barbecue, tried their ribs, brisket with two sides. It is very different... read more

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    Xinting Y.
  • 5 star ratingDive is a good word to describe this place but it's the kinda dive you'll actually want to eat at!

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    Andre K. Avatar
    Andre K.

    4 star ratingVery good BBQ joint!  We had a sampler platter as well as chicken wings (both wet and dry).  Everything was... read more

    Douglas C. Avatar
    Douglas C.

    4 star ratingGood food. BBQ sandwich was huge! Fries were excellent. Ribs were good - a little over cooked ffor mmy taste.... read more

    Kenneth S. Avatar
    Kenneth S.

    4 star ratingAwesome Q! Nice atmosphere & very friendly.  Slap your granny good mac 'n cheese & confetti slaw with minimal (that's... read more

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    D S.
  • 5 star ratingOn our last cross country road trip I found this place on Yelp.  The pictures of the mac n cheese... read more

    Michelle B. Avatar
    Michelle B.

    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

    Lan N. Avatar
    Lan N.

    4 star ratingI give this place a 4 star because I was (very) mildly disappointed with the lack of smokiness in the... read more

    Sid S. Avatar
    Sid S.

    4 star ratingBBQ must be the new hip thing.  Joints and dives are popping up at every turn and some actually have... read more

    Douglas P. Avatar
    Douglas P.
  • 4 star ratingThis is truly a good BBQ place. The thick sauce was my favorite follow by the hot sauce which wasn't... read more

    Nancy F. Avatar
    Nancy F.

    5 star ratingThe ribs are killer! Side of Mac and Cheese and banana pudding and you can't go wrong. We also love... read more

    Stephanie W. Avatar
    Stephanie W.

    4 star ratingPretty decent BBQ, smokey.  Had pork BBQ with the thin sauce, vinegar and tomato, was tasty.  Atmosphere pretty nice, maybe... read more

    Thomas H. Avatar
    Thomas H.

    5 star ratingWent to Sweet Ps again last night and the wife for some Florida Hate Eve rage eating to get a... read more

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    Ben A.
  • 5 star ratingSo glad we stopped to eat here.  Some of the best bbq I've ever had.  The brisket melted in my... read more

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    Manuel S.

    5 star rating11/17/18 - update. I will 5 star the hell out of this place everytime we go in town. Becoming one... read more

    Ben A. Avatar
    Ben A.

    4 star ratingI ate here after UTK beat Ky
    Beer was fresh
    Sweet Tea was delicious
    I hate Mac and cheese but this...
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    Jason B. Avatar
    Jason B.

    5 star ratingThis place is a good as advertised. The ribs were fantastic, and the mac and cheese was a game changer.

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    Max B.
  • 5 star ratingHighly recommend! We went on a Friday evening and split the sampler (pulled pork, briscut, ribs, and three sides) and... read more

    Sam S. Avatar
    Sam S.

    4 star ratingFood was very good. Highly recommend the wings with the dry rub and the mac n cheese.
    When my daughter...
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    Margarita G. Avatar
    Margarita G.

    5 star ratingCool little BBQ spot. Brisket was delicious and the ribs fell off the bone. The tater salad was a great... read more

    C B. Avatar
    C B.

    5 star ratingThe brisket was delicious! Get it, you won't be sorry. Mac and cheese was awesome, too. I've been making the... read more

    Megan S. Avatar
    Megan S.
  • 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 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 ratingI love good bbq and I found some good "q" at Sweet P's.  I ordered he bbq burrito.  It was... read more

    Nancy H. Avatar
    Nancy H.

    4 star ratingTheir barbecue was pretty good. The serving size was a bit larger than average. They are a bit on the... read more

    Joe A. Avatar
    Joe A.
  • 4 star ratingGood food. Had the pulled chicken sandwich which was delicious. Only reason I didn't give a 5 was because there... read more

    Chuck R. Avatar
    Chuck R.

    5 star ratingWe did the take out thing, we split the sampler and three sides, it was the best Tennessee BBQ I... read more

    Lou S. Avatar
    Lou S.

    4 star ratingThe restaurant serves their food "cafeteria style" so you walk up to the counter to order, pickup, and pay for... read more

    Jim W. Avatar
    Jim W.

    5 star ratingSimply the best BBQ downtown. The wings are to die for as is everything else. Cute atmosphere too!

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    Grace V.
  • 4 star ratingSweet P's is located in a unique part of town on a cobblestone street. Continuing with its uniqueness, it is... read more

    Michael M. Avatar
    Michael M.

    5 star ratingExcellent BBQ in Knoxville.  The brisket is top notch and all of the sides, just spot on!!  Banana pudding is... read more

    Mark L. Avatar
    Mark L.

    5 star ratingGreat Place! I stopped here from a trip across the US and the food was excellent! I ordered the BBQ... read more

    Tony F. Avatar
    Tony F.

    5 star ratingI had family from out of the country come for a visit and one of their requests was some barbeque.... read more

    Erica W. Avatar
    Erica W.
  • 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

    Henri Q. Avatar
    Henri Q.

    4 star ratingMy first time here. I can't say anything about the pork because I didn't try it but I am assuming... read more

    Blanca C. Avatar
    Blanca C.

    4 star ratingThis place has solid BBQ. Great special on Tuesdays for mexican/bbq blend plates. Banana pudding is the best in town!

    Janine A. Avatar
    Janine A.

    4 star ratingIt's pretty good. The meats were all cooked extremely well--which surprisingly a lot of bbq places don't do well. The... read more

    Ha N. Avatar
    Ha N.
  • 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 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.

    4 star ratingStopped by here for lunch on the road and we were stunned to find a fellow Pennsylvanian runs this shop... read more

    Justin Y. Avatar
    Justin Y.

    5 star rating1 word: Brisket! You can thank me later. It willMelt in your mouth and fill you up. The sauces are... read more

    Vincyl F. Avatar
    Vincyl F.
  • 4 star ratingBrisket, Mac n Cheese and Greens were delicious!  Would recommend.  Busy little place!

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    Jennifer Y.

    5 star ratingHoly crap, this BBQ place is AMAZING. We happened to find it while in Knoxville, and decided on the sampler,... read more

    Michael T. Avatar
    Michael 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

    Duyen M. Avatar
    Duyen M.

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

    Chuck C. Avatar
    Chuck C.
  • 5 star ratingLots of "verys" for this place.  
    Very trendy,
    Very friendly,
    Very good smoked turkey,
    Very expensive for a bbq lunch spot,
    Very, very...
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    Roaming E. Avatar
    Roaming E.

    5 star ratingVery good BBQ, wings are awesome and the people here are very nice and friendly. I recommend this place for... read more

    Walter C. Avatar
    Walter C.

    4 star ratingDown visiting my friends at Knoxville and I heard about the great BBQ available here.

    This downtown dive had an upbeat...
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    Simon C. Avatar
    Simon C.

    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 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 ratingHighly recommend. Quick service good food. Perfect lunch or date night. Wings are dope too. Couldn't have a nicer staff

    Oliver K. Avatar
    Oliver K.

    5 star ratingTop Notch BBQ... great brisket with side of mac n cheese and green beans.  Pricing is fair and staff is... read more

    Jim M. Avatar
    Jim M.

    4 star ratingGood portions, great sauces. Neat atmosphere. Probably the best brisket in town-not Texas smoked brisket but a neat twist with... read more

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

    Dorit S. Avatar
    Dorit S.

    4 star ratingThe BBQ burrito is dang tasty with brisket, slaw, beans, cheese and sauce!  Thursday's special is the smoked meatloaf, don't... read more

    Adam F. Avatar
    Adam 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.

    4 star ratingHad heard about this place from friends and so we thought it would be a great chance to give it... read more

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    Sean 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

    Vanessa N. Avatar
    Vanessa N.

    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

    Manuel F. Avatar
    Manuel F.

    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 ratingThe BBQ here is delicious!! Everyone here is really nice. We stopped here on our way to New Orleans, coming... read more

    Misty W. Avatar
    Misty W.
  • 5 star ratingFantastic BBQ! Wanted to give some Tennessee style BBQ a try passing through Knoxville and this place does not disappoint.... read more

    Joshua T. Avatar
    Joshua T.

    5 star ratingOn our way back from Atlanta to Cincinnati, we wanted BBQ for lunch.  I looked up top BBQ In Knoxville... read more

    Joel K. Avatar
    Joel K.

    5 star ratingNot only is it great food, but they have a great staff. Banana bread pudding is to die for!

    Laura D. Avatar
    Laura D.

    5 star ratingI am impressed with the Barnes burner, a combo of brisket, goat pepper cheese, pickled onions, and jalapeños, with a... read more

    Marvin C. Avatar
    Marvin C.
  • 5 star ratingThis place has great Q and their sides are just as good as well. It has a casual atmosphere and... read more

    Mike S. Avatar
    Mike S.

    4 star ratingWhile my dad was in town visiting, we decided to try Sweet P's for lunch.  I told him I had... read more

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    Cassi B.

    4 star ratingEnjoyed it... 4/5. I would say give it a try if you are near. I wouldnt drive an hour away... read more

    Jacinda R. Avatar
    Jacinda R.

    5 star ratingAfter leaving another restaurant downtown because of the service we decided to drive to sweet p's and I'm not a... read more

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    Becky B.
  • 5 star ratingIf you're looking for great BBQ in Knoxville, look no further than Sweet P's!  Their pulled pork, chicken and ribs... read more

    Drew T. Avatar
    Drew T.

    4 star ratingFood was excellent! A little hard to get to if your not used to navigating in the downtown area. Parking... read more

    Derek M. Avatar
    Derek M.

    5 star ratingI wish I knew about this place sooner! I absolutely loved eating here. The menu is simple, the environment is... read more

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    Wyatt B.

    5 star ratingOh my so yummy - the amazing things about this spot totally outweigh the few cons, there is only one... read more

    Nicole R. Avatar
    Nicole R.
  • 5 star ratingWow. So good! I ordered the BBQ chicken plate with greens n things and Mac n cheese. A.m.a.z.i.n.g! And a... read more

    Tiara G. Avatar
    Tiara G.

    4 star ratingOf course, my preference for B-B-Q would be to find a shack on a back road with a 150 year... read more

    Molly E. Avatar
    Molly E.

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

    Cat D. Avatar
    Cat D.

    4 star ratingWas driving through and stopped by for a bite. Decided to get the chicken which had a nice smokey flavour.... read more

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    Ariana A.
  • 4 star ratingDelicious food. I've been eating sweet peas as long as it's been open and the food never disappoints. You also... read more

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    Emma Caroline 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 ratingNot a bad thing to say about this BBQ joint! Clean, quick service wither ordering up front, and delicious southern... read more

    Chloe S. Avatar
    Chloe 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

    Leann C. Avatar
    Leann C.
  • 5 star ratingAwesome place!!! The pimento cheese dip is next level! The ribs were awesome too. All of the food was good,... read more

    Justin F. Avatar
    Justin F.

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

    Sandra D. Avatar
    Sandra D.

    5 star ratingBecause I smoke meats myself, I rarely eat smoked food or steaks out, as I'm rarely satisfied. But this place... read more

    Marc F. Avatar
    Marc F.

    4 star ratingSolid place to get some bbq in Knoxville. The line/wait was a little long but I chalked that up to... read more

    Bear G. Avatar
    Bear G.
  • 5 star ratingI'm visiting the college with my daughter and had a chance to sneak away for some "alone" time. Yelp suggested... read more

    Carla T. Avatar
    Carla T.

    5 star ratingCame here after our train ride Three Rivers Rambler son, daughter-in-law and grand daughter husband. Food was great trying to... read more

    Janie D. Avatar
    Janie D.

    4 star ratingQuality BBQ with great meat, but I just couldn't get behind the sauces. I had a chicken sandwich. The thin... read more

    Karen L. Avatar
    Karen L.

    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.
  • 4 star ratingI just moved back to Knoxville after being away since 2014 and I was so happy to find that Sweet... read more

    Emily E. Avatar
    Emily E.

    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 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 ratingGood BBQ, good beer selection, friendly staff, and bacon chocolate chip cookies. Great little spot with a convenient parking lot nearby!

    Mandy L. Avatar
    Mandy L.
  • 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.

    4 star ratingAnother great find thanks to Yelp! Passing through town and looking for a good dinner stop. What I really appreciated... read more

    Rachel J. Avatar
    Rachel J.

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

    Alison E. Avatar
    Alison E.

    5 star ratingIf you're looking for a cafeteria-style, family friendly place for awesome bbq, this is the place. It's a little bit... read more

    Chris P. Avatar
    Chris P.
  • 4 star ratingWe ate outside at picnic tables ina shady setting. Very comfortable and dog friendly. The food was quick and good.... read more

    Beth C. Avatar
    Beth C.

    5 star ratingTo me BBQ is pulled pork. I live in Franklin and get to Knoxville to see kids at UT. This... read more

    Paul B. Avatar
    Paul B.

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

    Sarah T. Avatar
    Sarah T.
  • 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 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 ratingTook some advice from a couple of local youngens and gave this place a try! Boy am I glad I... read more

    Barbara H. Avatar
    Barbara H.

    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.
  • 4 star ratingCame on a coworker's recommendation as a last farewell dinner for one of the interns. Saw the Friday sausage special... read more

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    Remin31 ..

    5 star ratingGlorious.  Ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken, slaw, mac n cheese......we had it all.  Finished with banana pudding.  Why not?!!?... read more

    D L. Avatar
    D L.

    4 star ratingJust passing through Knoxville and chose based on reviews. Cool vibe spot a short distance off I40, but looked like... read more

    Linda W. Avatar
    Linda W.

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

    Summer L. Avatar
    Summer L.
  • 5 star ratingOur very favorite BBQ in Knoxville!  They've got it going on.
    Delish trio plater w/ potatoe salad & slaw.
    Long wait lines...
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    Diane Y. Avatar
    Diane Y.

    5 star ratingTasty 'Q with quick service.  Have been twice and left a happy camper both times.  Reasonably priced as well.

    Christopher P. Avatar
    Christopher P.

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

    Luan P. Avatar
    Luan P.
  • 5 star ratingEverything was so delicious I ate until I just couldn't anymore! They staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I can't... read more

    Miranda M. Avatar
    Miranda M.

    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

    B B. Avatar
    B B.

    5 star ratingDelicious but a bit pricey. order the BBQ burrito with mac n'cheese... it's totally worth it.

    Sean M. Avatar
    Sean M.

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

    Wylan F. Avatar
    Wylan F.
  • 4 star ratingSouthern comfort!  This spot has delectable options.  Yes they are pricier than some other bbq joints in town but this... read more

    Lily F. Avatar
    Lily F.

    5 star ratingGreat Wings! Really good macaroni. Definitely worth the stop!! We were able to have our dog with us on the... read more

    Shayla S. Avatar
    Shayla S.

    4 star ratingWow, great food!! We had the pulled pork, Mac n cheese and green beans, and it was amazing!
    It was...
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    Chelsea T. Avatar
    Chelsea T.

    4 star ratingBest barbeque in Knoxville!

    What really sets Sweet P's apart for me are their wonderful Barbeque burritos that are simply outstanding!....
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    Alex W. Avatar
    Alex W.
  • 5 star ratingThis place is AMAZING!  Food was great, staff very friendly and an awesome atmosphere!  Depending on what's going on downtown... read more

    Nichole M. Avatar
    Nichole M.

    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. Avatar
    Claire H.

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

    Kirsten L. Avatar
    Kirsten L.

    4 star ratingFound this Place on #Yelp ! The food was amazing I had a half rack of ribs with the Mac... read more

    Maya S. Avatar
    Maya S.
  • 5 star ratingI have always loved this place, but decided my last visit warranted a new review.  While I didn't see me... read more

    Brian G. Avatar
    Brian G.

    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 ratingThis place is amazing! Friendly staff who are helpful if you need it and great food! Mac and cheese is... read more

    Cecilia H. Avatar
    Cecilia H.

    5 star ratingWe ate here because the ratings were great on Yelp. We were not disappointed!!! The nachos are absolutely incredible. The... read more

    Whitney L. Avatar
    Whitney L.
  • 4 star ratingPassing through the area so this was my first time in Knoxville, loved the area!

    I can't recall if I've...
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    Shawn N. Avatar
    Shawn N.

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

    Calvin D. Avatar
    Calvin D.

    5 star ratingHighly recommend! We went on a Friday evening and split the sampler (pulled pork, briscut, ribs, and three sides) and... read more

    Sam S. Avatar
    Sam S.

    5 star ratingThis place has great food. Had stopped by to eat really quick and was amazed at how good the food... read more

    Melissa S. Avatar
    Melissa S.
  • 4 star ratingI like sweet p'a I think it is probably the best bbq we have in Knoxville however this is not... read more

    George L. Avatar
    George L.

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

    Emma l. Avatar
    Emma l.

    5 star ratingAuthentic bbq in Knoxville.  Tried the sausage, pulled pork, brisket, and ribs and all were scrumptious! I really like how... read more

    Chris G. Avatar
    Chris G.

    5 star ratingTHE BEST MAC N CHEESE IN THE WORLD. Might sound like hyperbole, but I think it's true! The bbq is... read more

    Colleen T. Avatar
    Colleen T.
  • 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 ratingThe food was great and I love the 1982 World's Fair theme. The BBQ is on point, the macaroni is... read more

    David M. Avatar
    David M.

    4 star ratingThis place is exactly what we were looking for in terms of southern bbq. I ordered a brisket. It was... read more

    Micah C. Avatar
    Micah C.

    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

    Shane S. Avatar
    Shane S.
  • 4 star ratingHipster barbecue joint that doesn't disappoint. Good barbecue, good sides, wide selection of craft brews and they have some gluten... read more

    Court M. Avatar
    Court M.

    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 ratingNot Memphis barbecue but it is great!! My mom recommended we go when she came in town for the LSU... read more

    Taryn M. Avatar
    Taryn M.

    5 star ratingBest BBQ in Knoxville. Awesome Mac and cheese and banana pudding. Offers different styles of sauce. Go through the serving... read more

    Stacey M. Avatar
    Stacey 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

    Rebecca N. Avatar
    Rebecca N.

    5 star ratingMy favorite place to get BBQ!! The banana pudding and macaroni and cheeee is to die for.

    Emma D. Avatar
    Emma D.

    5 star ratingIt was all excellent! We had the sampler platter which is a lot of food. The mac and cheese side... read more

    Lisa A. Avatar
    Lisa A.

    5 star ratingOH MY GOD THE MAC N CHEESE IS AMAZING! Staff is super sweet and food is delicious. Inside is cute... read more

    Gabby S. Avatar
    Gabby S.
  • 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 ratingI went for lunch this past week and I'm so glad I did. The food was tasty and the quality... read more

    Monica C. Avatar
    Monica C.

    4 star ratingThis place is dynamite. Never had a bad meal and the sides are as good as the meat. I'm not... read more

    Joey B. Avatar
    Joey B.

    4 star ratingReally delicious bbq! We went for the late lunch, so there wasn't many people dining. I dined on the pulled... read more

    Ashley D. Avatar
    Ashley D.
  • 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 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 ratingI ordered the Meatloaf sandwich with Mac n cheese. Both were nicely done. I appreciated the interactions with the friendly... read more

    Raquelle Z. Avatar
    Raquelle Z.

    5 star ratingDry rub wings are so good they could make a nun cuss. Fried pickles are what dreams are made of.... read more

    Vivian B. Avatar
    Vivian B.
  • 4 star ratingGood food and comfy atmosphere. Ribs were delicious and Mac and cheese was A-1 for a dining purchase versus making... read more

    Andrea W. Avatar
    Andrea W.