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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

The Offset Smoker Explained

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Believe it or not, I remember when I didn’t know what an offset smoker was. Maybe you’re new to barbecue smokers too and don’t know what all the terms mean. In this post, I’m going to explain what an offset smoker is, how reverse flow draft works, and why you might want to invest more up-front.

An offset smoker is simply a meat smoker with a firebox beside the cooking chamber. There are of course several other common types of barbecue smokers, such as vertical smokers or even regular grills modified for smoking. But offset smokers are my favorite when it comes to cranking out authentic, southern-style barbecue.

You can pick up a cheap thin-wall offset smoker at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. I don’t know exactly what it would run, but I think a couple hundred bucks or so would put you in business. Or you can invest in more quality (and perhaps size), such as the Meadow Creek SQ36 Offset Smoker for around a thousand dollars. The cheaper ones might last a few years before they rust out. A higher quality smoker such as a Meadow Creek, is a long-term investment that you can hand down to future generations.


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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.