Early this morning while the restaurant was closed, our Sweet P’s Uptown Corner location in Fountain City was hit by a car and sustained damage to the building. No employees were in the building at the time of the incident. The restaurant will be temporarily closed today and until further notice.

We will keep you updated as we know more and work toward reopening. For timely updates, please check our Facebook page.



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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 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.

    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

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    Monica C.

    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.

    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

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    D L.
  • 5 star ratingTook some advice from a couple of local youngens and gave this place a try! Boy am I glad I... read more

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    Barbara H.

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

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    Amanda B.

    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

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    Henri Q.

    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.
  • 5 star ratingStopped in on a business trip because the reviews were so good. Guess what, the reviews were 1000% correct. The... read more

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    Dave W.

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

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    Calvin D.
  • 5 star ratingCame to Knoxville (from NJ) to see a Vols game and we had this place on our agenda from the... read more

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    Eric H.

    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 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.

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

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    Sandra D.
  • 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.

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

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

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    Kirsten L.

    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.

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

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    Christopher P.

    5 star ratingSome great, authentic barbecue!  I was really hungry and wanted to stop in and try this place.  I was not... read more

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    Brett S.