Brothers open Goodstuff Smokehouse in Blackstone

Brothers open Goodstuff Smokehouse in Blackstone

Brothers Kevin Miller, left, and David Forgit show off their 20-foot smoker, where they cook the meat served at their new restaurant, Goodstuff Smokehouse on Main Street in Blackstone, Mass. (Breeze photo by Sandy Seoane)

BLACKSTONE, Mass. – Brothers David Forgit and Kevin Miller have been smoking up tasty meats and serving hungry customers their barbecue dishes for years, but it was only last week that they finally opened the doors to their first sit-down restaurant: Goodstuff Smokehouse on Main Street.

Born and raised in Milford, Mass., the brothers both attended culinary school before opening a touring food company in 2015, working the festival and fair circuit.

That endeavor led to a lunchtime barbecue stand on 146A in Uxbridge, Mass.

“It’s good, but its seasonal,” Forgit, the older of the two co-owners of Blackstone’s newest business, told The Breeze this week of the food truck business. “It’s nice to have a permanent home.”

The Goodstuff menu features items like pulled pork, hand-cut steaks, pastrami and a bacon-wrapped cheddar meatloaf. Appetizer choices include wings, fried pickles, brisket chili and many more, and dinners come with your choice from a long list of sides including pit beans, corn bread, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. The restaurant also serves traditional homemade desserts such as apple pie and strawberry shortcake.

But Miller says the best items on the menu are the brisket and ribs.

The meat is cooked in front of the restaurant in a 20-foot long hickory burner, with a cooking method that uses no “cheats,” as Forgit calls them, such as propane or natural gas.

“We simply burn hickory for hours on end, long and slow,” said Forgit. “Some things can cook for up to 20 hours.”

They also serve homemade root beer, poured from a tap.

The building at 97 Main St. housed the Town Chef before the Paradise Cafe opened there in 2010, closing last year. The restaurant can accommodate upwards of 70 guests, and the new owners have remodeled the space with decor suited to a barbecue joint, with wood tables and floors, and a roll of paper towels on each table in place of napkins.

“So far, so good,” Forgit said of the launch this week. “We’re very busy.”

In the future, the owners said they plan to bring back breakfast and obtain a liquor license. The menu, Forgit said, will be updated seasonally.

Goodstuff Smokehouse is now open Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.