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

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    Michael L.

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

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

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    Emily S.

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

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    Joan H.

    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.

    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

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

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    Christine L.

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