Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House

A ribs plate and sides at Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House
A ribs plate and sides at Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House
The drive from Raleigh to Nashville was a long one – over eight hours. We did manage to stop for supper just outside of Knoxville at Sweet P’s for our first Tennessee BBQ meal. Sweet P’s is set on a small lake about 15 minutes south of the city – a lovely early evening setting. We ordered at the counter, filled our large glasses with iced tea (half and half, natch) and sat lakeside, next to the smokers awaiting our food.

We shared a single starter – fried pickles with spicy dip. About 6 ¼ pickle spears arrived in a nice crunchy coating, not too terribly greasy. The sauce was pretty much mayo and some other spicy sauce. Pretty good but the pickles were too big and lacked the batter/surface area/mass quotient that I prefer (smaller pieces, more surface area).

The half rack of pork ribs was large baby back ribs. The ribs overall were pretty mild in smoke and pre-cooking rub flavours though they were moist with a nice colour and texture. The post-cooking rub certainly added some flavour. A decent selection of sauces – standard Tennessee tomato base as well as a decent vinegar sauce. A perfectly fine slaw and very nice green beans completed the plate.

Wifey got the long end of the stick here for sure. The tomato, cukes and blue cheese salad was exceptional, as was the mac and cheese.

Overall, Sweet P’s was a nice lakeside stop, with a BBQ shack feel yet with some creative nuances found in the sides and sauces. If in the Knoxville area, well worth the stop.

Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House
3725 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 247-7748
Hours: Open today · 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

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