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13+ Ways to Deck Out Your Meadow Creek Smoker

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

You’ve been researching, and saving for the day you can buy your dream barbecue trailer. The most exciting part of all is making the smoker your own—adding the upgrades that are perfect for you and your needs.

I am a big fan of Meadow Creek’s tank smokers because they come with features that you’d have to pay extra for on many other brands, such as the stainless steel grates and even the fact that the grates slide out of the tank.

A second reason I am such a big fan of Meadow Creek tank smokers is that you can deck them out even further with a long list of options, including insulated firebox, stainless steel work shelves, and an awesome-looking trim package.

Not only that, but Meadow Creek will build your custom barbecue trailer exactly how you order it. In theory, that is how all smoker manufacturers operate, but sadly that’s not how it always works. Of course, we are all human and not above making mistakes once in a while, but when you order a custom Meadow Creek trailer, you can expect it will be built to the specs on the order.

I could go on about all my rational reasons for being so in love with Meadow Creek, but that’s material for another article. In this post, I want to explain the various ways you may choose to deck out your Meadow Creek smoker. (more…)

Who Is Meadow Creek For?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Meadow Creek is not for everyone.

So, what’s the point?

Well, two things. First, if you are not a good fit to play around with a Meadow Creek smoker or grill and end up buying one, I’d consider that a mistake, not to mention how poorly you might brag to your friends about Meadow Creek. LOL

Second, my goal is to help searching souls connect with the object of their dreams and expand the vibrant “community” of Meadow Creek fans scattered across the USA. Some of them don’t even know about Meadow Creek yet or perhaps they still have a smoky idea of what they’re looking for.

Meadow Creek is for people who like to play with fire. Gas and electric are fine ways of cooking, but as a rule, it’s what you use when you need a push button performance. Cooking with wood or charcoal is a different style of cooking—in fact, it’s a culture of its own. (more…)

Review: Breaking in My Meadow Creek SQ36 Offset Smoker

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Meadow Creek SQ36 Offset Smoker

I’ve been cooking on Meadow Creek’s offset SQ36 smoker for several years. Before I moved to PA, I swapped my older SQ36 with a display model we had in the warehouse. Since I take a lot of pictures for my blog, I wanted to upgrade to the latest design.

To break in the SQ36, I cooked a pile of food for a Friday night barbecue dinner—two whole chickens, two pork butts, a pork tenderloin, a rack of ribs, some chicken breasts, two meat loaves, a few pounds of loose sausage, and a pan of beans. All this fit on the SQ36 at the same time. In the kitchen, my wife made scalloped potatoes, veggies and dip, and a couple of ice cream desserts.

It was so much fun playing with my smoker and cooking all this food. I got plenty of positive comments and strengthened some friendships. Good barbecue can do that, you know.

There are many types of smokers on the market. They vary in size, fuel type, airflow, etc. The SQ36 is an offset charcoal or wood fired smoker, sometimes called a “stick burner.” The offset design places the firebox on the side instead of under the grate. The air draws in through the firebox vents and enters the smoking chamber through a distribution channel that tries to equalize the temperature from one end to the other. The stack draws air from the smoker at the bottom left.


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.


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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.