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


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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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7 Marks of a Smokin’ Hot Offset Smoker

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016


It’s really important to compare apples to apples and not apples to lemons. It’s often the details that determine whether an offset smoker is fun, cool, and easy to use. Here are seven marks of a smoker that will give you many years of dependable service and keep a smile on your face.


Stainless Steel Grates

Meadow Creek uses strictly food grade stainless steel for their food grates. This adds to the cost of your equipment initially, but you can rest assured that the investment will pay off in the long run. Stainless steel grates do not rust, so they make cleanup easier and eliminate any contamination from rusty grates. Unlike regular steel grates, which will likely be rusty before you cook on them once, you can clean these grates with a pressure washer or oven cleaner, and get them perfectly clean for the next run without worrying about rust.


Double Sliding Grates

Meadow Creek’s tank smokers have at least two removable sliding grates. Some even slide out on either side for easier access—really sweet compared to setting the top grate on top of the bottom one.


Door Latches

How many times have you seen smokers arriving at competitions and barbecue events with bungee straps on the doors? Meadow Creek uses positive lock latches that close the doors tightly and keep them closed.


Warming Box

Meadow Creek’s offset smoker trailers come standard with a warming box. These are really handy to keep things warm while you finish smoking the ribs or cook beans on the top of the firebox. Upgrade it to live smoke to expand your cooking space. (See “Making Sense of the Options” inside the 2015 Meadow Creek Buyer Guide.)


Removable Ash Pan

Meadow Creek’s offset smokers have a removable ash pan (drawer), which makes it easy to remove the ashes during or after your cook. There is a vent on each side of the firebox below the fire grate. Your fire will burn more consistently when the ashes in the firebox can fall through a grate into an ash pan and the air can draft up from beneath the fire grate.


Trailer License

Meadow Creek is a certified trailer manufacturer, though not all BBQ trailer makers are. Each trailer comes with a VIN number attached and a certificate of origin is available upon request, which makes it easy to register the trailer. You can rest assured it’s road-safe with a professional design, road-worthy wheels, and lights.


Reverse Flow Draft

Meadow Creek tank smokers (TS models) have reverse flow draft and a curved tank end, which helps a lot in maintaining consistent temperature throughout the cook and from one end of the smoker to another.

Browse these smokers in our online store here: Meadow Creek Smokers

Meadow Creek Backyard Smoker Comparison

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Meadow Creek makes several fine backyard smokers and we get a lot of questions about the differences between them. This chart illustrates the differences between the PR36, SQ36, and TS70P.

Style Vertical Offset Reverse Flow Offset
Summary Versatile charcoal grill; smoking possible with standard grill pan Great smoker; limited grilling possible with optional grill pan High end smoker; grilling possible with optional grill pan
Stainless Steel Grates check check check
Thermometer check check check
13″ Pneumatic Tires check check check
Firebox x check check
Ash Pan in Firebox x check check
Grate in Firebox x check check
Smokestack x check check
Drain Valve x check check
Reverse Flow Draft x x check
Sliding Grates x x check
Front Work Shelf optional optional check
Water Pan check x check
Vinyl Cover check check check
No Flat Solid Tires (set)
check check check
Rib Rack check check check
Additional Grate check check check
Charcoal Pullout check x x
Charcoal Pan Insert check x x
Charcoal Grill Pan standard check check
Insulated Firebox x check check
Charcoal Basket x check check
Stainless Steel Shelf check check check
Warming Box x x check
Extra Shelf in Warmer x x check
Live Smoke in Warmer x x check
Jerky Rack x x check
Stainless Steel Stack x x check
Size Differences
Cooking Area 3.4 sq. ft.
with optional grate: 6.47 sq. ft.
6.85 sq. ft.
with optional grate:
10.28 sq. ft.
Crowd Size
(based on pork butts)
50–75 people 50–75 people 100—175 people


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.


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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.