Meadow Creek SQ36 Barbeque Smoker

Meadow Creek SQ36 Barbeque Smoker

Rated 4.80 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

$1,495.00 MSRP

This entry level BBQ smoker is an outstanding choice for backyard enthusiasts who want an offset smoker that’s better quality than the chain store models. If you need more space, add a second tier grate to almost double your cooking area.

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Description

This entry-level smoker is a great choice for backyard enthusiasts who want an offset smoker that’s better quality than the chain store models.

The T304 stainless steel cooking grate holds 5–6 pork butts or 2 whole briskets, and the optional 2nd Tier Grate doubles that. The optional grill pan converts this smoker into a direct-heat grill for burgers and steaks.

Similar to the PR36 BBQ Smoker, this backyard cooker adds a firebox on the side, for cooking offset smoker style. Indirect heat comes from slowly burning wood or charcoal in the fire box. The removable ash pan and easy access to the firebox makes stoking the coals hassle-free.

“I couldn’t be happier with the versatility of the SQ36. Maintaining temperature is very easy once you get the vents at the right spot.” —Kevin Rau

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Additional information

Overall Dimensions

56.5”h x 61.5”l x 29”w

Grate Dimensions

14.5” x 35”

2nd Tier Grate Dimensions

13” x 34”

Cooking Area

3.52 sq. ft. (507.5 sq. in.)

Cooking Area With 2nd Tier Grate

6.59 sq. ft. (949.5 sq. in.)

Grate Style

Wire Grid With 1/2” Spacing

Metal Thickness

13 Gauge

Metal Thickness on Fire Box

1/4” Plate

Net Weight

310 lbs.

Shipping Weight

350 lbs.

Capacity of Pork Butts

2nd Tier Grate: 10, Single Grate: 5-6

Capacity of Baby Back Ribs

2nd Tier Grate: 10-12, Single Grate: 5-6

Capacity of Spare Ribs

2nd Tier Grate: 4-5, Single Grate: 2-3

Capacity of St. Louis Ribs

2nd Tier Grate: 8-10, Single Grate: 4-5

Capacity of Whole Briskets

2nd Tier Grate: 4, Single Grate: 2

Capacity of Brisket Flats

2nd Tier Grate: 5-7, Single Grate: 3-4

Capacity of Chicken Halves

2nd Tier Grate: 15-20, Single Grate: 10-12

Capacity of Whole Pigs

Single Grate: 30-40 lbs.

Features of the SQ36 Offset Smoker

  • Cooking grates are made of rust-free food-grade T304 stainless steel rod and easy to clean.
  • Heat enters the bottom of the cooking chamber through the smoke distributor, which helps to keep the temperature consistent throughout the cooker.
  • Top and bottom vents maintain control of the internal temperature.
  • Sliding ash pan collects all the ashes for easy disposal even while you're cooking.
  • Charcoal grate in the firebox lets the ashes fall below the firebox, so the fire can burn more efficiently.
  • Ball valve drain conveniently drains grease and water out of the bottom when it's time to clean up and wash it out.
  • Stay cool handles on the smoker and firebox doors
  • Stainless steel calibratable thermometer on the smoker door to keep a tab on the temperature.
  • Grill body is made of 13-gauge welded steel and painted with black heat-resistant paint in an attractive matte finish.

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Usage Recommendations

For Smoking - we recommend using non petroleum based starters. Residue in the smoke from these starters can contaminate the cooking box with the potential to effect the flavor of the meat. The use of a torch or paper and kindling is most effective. Use approximately 15-20 lbs. of charcoal in fire box to get started. Once meat is placed in smoker, you can add wood and or charcoal in fire box for smoking. You can continue to use wood or charcoal (your choice). Add wood or charcoal as needed to maintain temperature where you want it.

For Grilling - place charcoal pan in smoker, below stainless steel grate, and put in your desired amount of charcoal, approximately 15 lbs.

5 reviews for Meadow Creek SQ36 Barbeque Smoker

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack French

    This is a great smoker and bigger than you may think. I’ve fed up to 40 people from this smoker and have and 80# pig
    This is built very strong and will last a lifetime. I highly recommend this product

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  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Corey Davidson

    This cooker is very well made. It feels far sturdier and solid than anything you’ll get at a big hardware store. Depending on the type of meat you most like to cook, I recommend adding either the 2nd tier grate, like I did, or the rib rack–or both! By adding the 2nd tier grate you will be able to cook for a huge number of people. Even without the extra grate, the standard grate is long and deep enough to cook two decent sized briskets or three or four pork butts, which you know can feed quite a few people. Personally, I like to cook chicken on this thing–a lot of chicken.

    Another ‘Pro’ is how hot this thing gets. You really do not need to load the firebox with charcoal unless you’re cooking at a high temp, like 325 to 350 for chicken. You just need to put a layer of charcoal on on the bottom and light one corner with a quarter chimney of lit coals. That will achieve the low and slow temps you want. I learned this the hard way!

    As far as ‘cons’ go there is unfortunately one that really annoys me: When it rains, the bottom fills with water like a leaky boat. I think it has something to do with the hinges on the back. Even if you close the chimney, it still gets a lot of water in it, even if you leave the drain valve open all the time it gets a lot of water in it. This is only a minor ‘con’ since you can either buy the high-quality cover that Meadow Creek makes or you can get a cheaper but serviceable one at a hardware store.

    Overall I really like this smoker. It’s extremely versatile! It’s big enough to even cook a piglet on, and I bet it would do a great job. I would say the learning curve is a bit steep, if, like me you’ve only cooked on cheap smokers or Webers (which are actually pretty good) and the water thing is a bit annoying too. Still, despite these minor drawbacks, the value and quality is there.

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  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael B. Sedgwick

    I have had the SQ36 for more than five years and I have outgrown the unit. I wish that the smoke box was much larger. Nice smoker.

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  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave L

    I love my SQ36! I’ve had it for a few years now. Easy to fire, and plenty of room for 4 or more racks of ribs on the single grate. It’s very well built of heavy steel, and is large and heavy – a serious cooker! But not the sort of cooker you would use for small quantities of meat. Comes up to temp quickly, and holds a fire nicely. A few suggestions: 1) I use a cheap $20 propane torch connected to a 20 lb. propane tank to initially fire the charcoal – MUCH easier than trying to shovel in hot coals from a chimney starter. 2) I use a Flame Boss WiFi controller with fan which I adapted to one of the sliding dampers. It should be a factory option, as it’s incredibly handy at keeping a set temperature during a cook. 3) In really cold and windy weather, I use an old heavy moving blanket over the cooker to help keep the heat in. 4) And as Corey mentioned, it’s annoying that water gets in if it is out in the rain – both into the smoke chamber and the fire box – so I keep and use mine under a shed roof to keep it (and me) out of the weather.

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  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Russell

    I’m in love with this smoker! With the 2nd tier, I can feed a huge crowd a variety of smoked meat. Cory’s input about starting the fire is correct. If you do so, you can keep your desired temp throughout the cook.The quality of my finished product is 10 times better than on my New Braunsfield offset. Also, the customer service support from Lavern & Meadow Creek is phenomenal

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