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Minuteman Serves Up Some Truly Great Barbecue in Morristown

Barbecue is done right (and almost entirely nut- and gluten-free) at this laid-back, family-friendly restaurant and bar.

Man cooking at Minuteman Whiskey Bar & BBQ in Morristown
Photo: Courtesy of Minuteman Whiskey Bar & BBQ

Minuteman Whiskey Bar & BBQ in Morristown


Casual, laid-back barbecue joint that serves up the “best barbecue east of Texas,” as co-owner Hannah Lifschin likes to put it.


Nine years ago, the local Lifschin family bought Minuteman, a staple in the community since the 1960s that was beloved for its pies and country diner-style fare, and transformed it into the only barbecue restaurant for miles. Patriarch Scott is the pitmaster, while daughter Hannah runs the front of house—which includes a dining room featuring chalkboard-covered tables (and plenty of chalk for drawing), a separate bar with TVs, and an outdoor seating area with picnic tables.

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Five smokers are responsible for the delicious, tender meats (available by the half-pound or pound) that dominate the menu, among them brisket, pulled chicken and St. Louis pork ribs. Smoked portobello mushrooms are available for veggie lovers. To accompany mains, share some appetizers (definitely try the pit-smoked wings) and classic sides like corn bread, mac and cheese, and coleslaw. Groups can order family meals that serve four to five adults. Refreshing cocktails come in mason jars.


Minuteman offers barbecue classes, which include a lunch featuring the fruits (or, rather, the meats) of participants’ labor. The restaurant does not use nut products. Much of the menu is gluten free.

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