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The Downtown Dive at 410 W. Jackson Ave., in Knoxville



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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 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 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 ratingThis is the quickest we've finished a meal, because it tastes so good there's no reason to take your time.... read more

    E V. Avatar
    E V.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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 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 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.

    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

    Natalie B. Avatar
    Natalie B.

    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.
  • 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 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 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.

    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.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.