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BBQ Smokers, Pig Roasters, Chicken Cookers, and Grills From Meadow Creek


I'm Lavern Gingerich, advocate for Meadow Creek barbecue equipment and editor of StoryQue magazine. Take a few minutes to discover our blog, recipe library, StoryQue Magazine, and revolutionary barbecue equipment. You can find us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

The Handbook for Choosing Your Meadow Creek Smoker or Grill

This full-color guide is packed with charts, photos, and articles to help you determine if Meadow Creek is a good fit for you and choose the model that fits your presentation, cooking style, menu, and crowd size goals.

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The Big Announcement

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

After a lot of thinking and planning, we’ve decided to shut down Yoder’s Smoky Mountain Barbecue, our Meadow Creek dealership in Kalona, Iowa.

In short, this is what’s happening:

  • Yoder’s Smoky Mountain Barbecue is permanently closed and Marlin is no longer selling Meadow Creek equipment.
  • I, Lavern Gingerich, have secured a position with Meadow Creek as their online marketing agent.

You may be reading this because you have an interest in Meadow Creek’s smokers and grills.

If so, what this change means for you:

  • You will need to find another dealer to work with (see Meadow Creek’s dealer locator here), but don’t worry. As Meadow Creek’s online brand ambassador, our job is to make sure you are taken care of.
  • We will be able to better content around Meadow Creek equipment in 2017, which should be a lot of fun.

I look forward to working more closely with Melvin and Ivan, the owners of Meadow Creek Welding, keeping you in the loop with interesting articles and stories and the latest in product development.

Sizzling regards,

Lavern Gingerich

Meadow Creek Equipment Inventory Update

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015


Do you wish you could see a Meadow Creek in real life? Run your fingers over the smooth welds? Lift the lids made for muscles? Smell the steel and paint combination of a brand new rig? I’m excited to announce that we brought in another nice load of Meadow Creek inventory at our barbecue store in Kalona, Iowa. This is the place to shake hands with your dream smoker or grill! :)

Here is a list of what we have in inventory now. These are available for pickup today. Even if you don’t see exactly what you want in this list, it’s still an honorable experience to be in the company of so many Meadow Creek smokers, grills, and pig roasters.


Meadow Creek Trip 2014

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Meadow Creek Auction

Our annual trip to Meadow Creek has become a fun tradition for us. Melvin always schedules Dealer Day on a Thursday, the same week they host a KCBS judging class, a benefit auction, and Meadow Creek Open House. The judging class is Friday morning; in the afternoon, they always have a large benefit auction. The food stand is open all day where they sell barbecue lunches, Amish-made pies and ice cream, and other goodies as a fund-raiser for medical bills. Open House is always a big deal on Saturday, where Meadow Creek gives away thousands of barbecue meals.

The meat for the judging class, food stand, and open house is cooked on-site with Meadow Creek chicken cookers and pig roasters and a Southern Pride smoker.

Friday and Saturday they had some people demoing different smokers and grills, including Big Green Eggs and a Meadow Creek TS250 Smoker and a TS70P Smoker.


Move to Iowa

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Yoder's Smoky Mountain Barbecue in Kalona, Iowa

I just want to let you know that Yoder’s Smoky Mountain Barbecue has moved! Marlin has moved our dealership from Tennessee to Kalona, IA. He’s about 7 miles out of Iowa City and surrounded by Des Moines, Davenport, and Cedar Rapids.

Marlin wants to beef up his Meadow Creek inventory and keep an even nicer selection in stock than we had in TN. If you’re thinking of swinging by, you might want to call or email before you drive a long distance since he’s still trying to get settled since the move.


Meadow Creek Cabinet Smoker Is Live

Monday, January 20th, 2014


I just want to let everyone know that Meadow Creek has just finished developing a brand new cabinet smoker.

As you probably know, box smokers are smashing contests right now. They are also popular with backyarders because they’re compact, easy to use, and efficient to run.

Combined with Meadow Creek’s 30+ year tradition of outstanding quality and service, this new box smoker is setting the woods on fire!

Melvin chose two of his friends to test this smoker last summer. The agreement was that they could use the smoker for free, if they bring it back at the end of the season and give their feedback before Meadow Creek launches it to the public.

One of these guys is a backyarder. At the end of the season, he said, “You can’t have this thing back. It works so well, I’m keeping it!” Melvin gave in and sold it to him.

Doesn’t that say a lot about Meadow Creek’s design process and their quality of work? The guy couldn’t help but fall in love with the smoker already at the testing stage.

I just talked with Melvin at Meadow Creek, and he told me they’ve already sold 25 of these smokers. He is surprised at how fast this thing is taking off. They even have three custom commercial trailers in design stage right now with these smokers on the drawing.

This smoker will appeal to backyarders, competitors, and even commercial chefs.


StoryQue Announcements

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Since we launched it six months ago, StoryQue magazine has grown into a great success and we’re just getting started! :) The sky is the limit and we look forward to sharing this adventure with our readers.

StoryQue MagazineDedicated StoryQue Website

I just launched a dedicated website for StoryQue, my monthly barbecue magazine, at The website will be a portal for announcements and information about new issues and our team of contributors.

StoryQue in PDF Format

I’m also excited to announce that StoryQue is now available in PDF format. The iPad app is a lot nicer than reading a PDF, but so many of my audience prefer to read stuff on their desktop computer or don’t have an iPad, that I decided to make it more readily available.

Besides, it’s a ton of work to publish a magazine, so why not make it available to everyone who’s begging for it, right?

As soon as you subscribe, my system will email you a link to the latest issue. As long as you remain a paying subscriber, you’ll get a download link for each new issue when it’s released. All you need to read the file is a computer and the free Adobe Reader.

Click here to subscribe to the PDF version.

Latest Issue

The January issue has been out for about 10 days now. It’s got a lot of good stuff to help you start the new year off right. Kell and Ryan talk about taking notes and getting consistent results. There’s also a story by Jeff Allen on the annual NBBQA conference. In all, this issue contains a variety of recipes, tips, and inspirations to help you step up your cooking.

Special Issues

Inside the StoryQue iPad app, you’ll find Ask Jeff, a free download we just added this month. It contains the questions and answers from Jeff Phillip’s Q&A column in the 2012 StoryQue issues. Plus Jeff’s fascinating story of how his love for the outdoors and cooking led him to pursue the art of smoking meat and teaching others how to do the same.

In the coming weeks, we plan to release a couple more really good downloads. Our goal is to provide lots of free content inside the StoryQue app for even those who for whatever reason don’t feel like subscribing or paying for back issues.

Download StoryQue

If you have an iPad, install the free StoryQue app in your newsstand and get swipin’. :)

Have fun,

Lavern Gingerich

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Struggling to choose the right cooker for your needs? Check out our Meadow Creek cooker comparison charts. If you would like to discuss your dream cooker over the phone, call Marlin toll-free at (877) 602-1568 to get some good, friendly advice. Or if you're close by, come visit our display lot in Pikeville, Tennessee to check out these fine barbeques! We offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all our Meadow Creek barbeque equipment (except the Ultimate Catererssorry, too much risk). Please realize that we (Yoders Smoky Mountain Barbecue) are a dealer for Meadow Creek. This promise applies only if you buy from us. If for any reason you are not happy with your unit, you may return the cooker to us within 30 days of the delivery or pickup date, and we will refund the purchase price minus the shipping and handling. You are responsible to pay the return shipping.
What did you think of the videos? Meadow Creek makes some amazing smokers, pig roasters, chicken cookers, and grills. All this equipment is made in the Amish Community of Lancaster County, PA. The talented craftsmen at Meadow Creek hand-make each unit. They seriously go the extra mile to make sure youre smoked pink. What really puts the sauce on the brisket is all the revolutionary features and options that make barbecue fun and easy, and even a money-machine, if BBQ is your business.
Integrity: Meadow Creek cookers are made in a culture of Godly ethicshonesty, diligence, and fairness. Whether its a Shoo-fly pie or a barbecue smoker, you will be treated right.
Stainless Steel Grates: Every Meadow Creek barbecue cooker comes standard with non-rusting stainless steel grates. This eliminates the hassle of scrubbing rust and the danger of possible rust contamination on your meat.