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Is the Meadow Creek Box Smoker Reverse Flow?

Monday, January 27th, 2014


Since we started talking about Meadow Creek’s BX50 Cabinet Smoker, some people have wondered how the air flow works.

How is the BX50 arranged for smoke flow? Obviously it is a water smoker, but I am trying to figure out if it is a reverse flow or not. I see the smoke exits out the top, but where is the smoke entering the chamber?

The BX50 is not reverse flow; however, it is insulated and holds a consistent temperature very well. It’s an upright smoker with the fire box in the bottom and a water pan, steel plates, and a grease pan separating the fire from the food.


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.


A Pretty Pig and a Hunk of Bull on Meadow Creek SQ36 Smoker

Thursday, September 5th, 2013


On Labor Day I had the privilege of working instead of sitting in my La-Z-Boy all day. One thing I accomplished was turning a little bit of meat into some pretty good looking morsels.

We had a brisket sitting in the freezer from a young bull I had raised. I was inspired to try my hand at it. The butcher trimmed the brisket a little funny and it was pretty thin, but it turned out tender and delicious. I also threw a couple sausages on the smoker for brunch.

I used my Meadow Creek SQ36 Offset Smoker and fired it with 100% Hardwood Charcoal Briquettes. I added a piece of wood at the beginning for some extra smoke. I enjoy smoking with only wood, but I usually end up making so much smoke the meat turns really dark. Also, wood tends to burn hotter and quicker, so it’s harder to keep the smoker steady. It was refreshing to use mostly charcoal this time, but I am all for using what you’ve got access to if you can get the results you need.


Meadow Creek TS120 Smoker Story

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Meadow Creek Smoker Loaded

Three weeks ago on Memorial Day, I pulled a Meadow Creek TS120 Smoker into my back yard and loaded it down with lots of exciting proteins. We enjoyed barbecue throughout the day, and in the evening had my parents and family over for dinner.

I filled the smoker with the following: 6 slabs of St. Louis ribs, 4 whole chickens, 2 sausage logs, a brisket, 4 tenderloins, 4 pounds of meatloaf, potatoes, and onions. I fired the smoker around 10:20 in the morning and pulled the last of the food off at 5:30, around 7 hours later. Everything was knock-your-socks off delicious, except for my lean grass-fed brisket, which somehow got burned on the bottom side, but still turned out WAY to good to throw to the dog.


The Unavailable Smoker (Taken)

Monday, December 10th, 2012


The biggest challenge with an offset smoker is keeping the paint on and around the firebox looking good. The heat in the firebox is intense and it takes regular maintenance to keep the firebox from rusting. And if your firebox metal is thin, the problem will be even worse than if you have a Meadow Creek Smoker or other heavy duty smoker.

Meadow Creek’s insulation upgrade for their smoker fireboxes has been a great success. The insulation keeps more heat inside the smoker, which keeps the paint nicer on the outside and drastically reduces the amount of charcoal and wood it takes to cook.

Turns out, there is something even more—something beyond this fancy-pants double-wall insulated firebox—you can add to a Meadow Creek smoker trailer to make it even more durable and maintenance free. As is often the case, we can blame this idea (a good kind of blame) on Tom from Smoke’n Dudes.


Memorial Day Barbecue on the PR36 Smoker

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying plenty of barbecue. I just love cooking and eating in the back yard!

On Memorial Day, Marlin and I got together and cooked a whole bunch of stuff on Meadow Creek’s PR36 Backyard Smoker. The PR36 Smoker is small, versatile, and easy to use. For indirect (low and slow) cooking, we build the fire beneath the drip pan. Or you can build your fire on the drip pan for direct heat grilling.

Here is a photo album to get your mouth watering and your brain spinning. We cooked meatloaf, pork tenderloin, a whole chicken, potatoes, onions, and steaks. Was it ever good! :)

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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 Caterers—sorry, too much risk). Please realize that we (Yoder’s 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 you’re 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 ethics—honesty, diligence, and fairness. Whether it’s 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.