Order your Thanksgiving Turkeys from Sweet P’s!

Smoked Whole Turkeys–$65

Smoked Turkey Breast–$70

Pick up at either location!

Classic sides available as well!

Pork Sausage Sage Stuffing
Scalloped Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
*Minimum 12 servings per order


Last day to order is Friday, 11/19
Closed half day on 11/24
Closed on Thanksgiving 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 ratingThe BBQ here is delicious!! Everyone here is really nice. We stopped here on our way to New Orleans, coming... read more

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    Misty W.

    5 star ratingFavorite bbq place in town. Get the Mac and cheese and potato salad - not like regular potato salad though.... read more

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    Katie C.

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

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    Cat D.

    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

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    Nancy 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

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    Brock H.

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

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    Stacey M.

    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 ratingLove the barbecue (I've now had their pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. All great.) I can't speak to their sauces.... read more

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    Shane 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

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    Melissa S.

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

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    Sam S.

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

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    Gabby S.

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

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    Summer L.
  • 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

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

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    Dawn D.

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

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

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    Emmy H.

    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 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

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