Announcements

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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GUEST REVIEWS

  • 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

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    Nichole M.
    10/14/2017

    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.
    7/12/2018

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

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    L E.
    5/08/2017

    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.
    11/13/2019
  • 4 star ratingPretty decent BBQ, smokey.  Had pork BBQ with the thin sauce, vinegar and tomato, was tasty.  Atmosphere pretty nice, maybe... read more

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    Thomas H.
    10/03/2019

    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.
    10/11/2018

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

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    Christine P.
    3/28/2018

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

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    Whitney L.
    4/03/2018
  • 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.
    1/12/2019

    5 star rating