Testimonials From Meadow Creek Customers

Stories from people who use and love their Meadow Creek equipment...

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Below is a collection of reviews customers have sent us through the years. Don't forget to also check out the reviews on the individual product listings in our online catalog.

The most memorable weekend of our BBQ career...

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer

This weekend will probably go down as the most memorable weekend of our BBQ career! Our team headed to the New Holland Summerfest, our first time back since we won our first Grand Championship there in 2019. But 30 miles in, our just-serviced trailer started to sway terribly, and we were just able to safely pull off as our hub assembly nearly fell off.

After being stranded on the side of the road for hours, we finally had a tow truck very precariously get our trailer off to a parking lot where the repair shop techs drove up with parts to meet us. After 2.5 hrs, the tech told us that the trailer couldn't safely continue on, leaving us a hard decision to make: Do we turn around and go home, or push on, borrow equipment and give it our best shot?

We called Nate, one of the organizers, and he was able to reach Meadow Creek, and they were able to lend us a TS250 smoker. So we decided to toss everything we needed, and could fit, into the back of the truck, and said, "Let’s go"!

Arriving near midnight, we immediately set up and we went right to work. Once we had our meats injected and set, we took a quick two-hour nap and then off to learn the reverse flow smoker, something we’d never cooked on before!

Learning as we went, not knowing how our timeline and food would have to be adjusted, we gave it our best shot, leaving all expectations back with the trailer on the highway. And after we successfully got everything cooked and turned in, we just sat back proud of ourselves for giving it all we had!

Smokecraft Modern Barbecue "Strikes Gold" With the Meadow Creek TS250 Reverse-Flow Smoker Trailer

On to awards we went, where any call would have been an unexpected victory in itself:

  • 3rd Place Chicken
  • 1st Place Ribs
  • 14th Place Pork
  • 1st Place Brisket
Andrew and Lisa
Smokecraft Modern Barbecue | Arlington, VA

Made us more profitable and more unique...

I own two restaurants and have been in this business for over 25 years. Having pig roasts is probably the most popular thing we've done and the Meadow Creek Pig Roaster is an incredible piece of equipment. We were very surprised to see the quality of the product, as well as how easy it is to operate. Our customers love being part of the process and seeing the pig (and other items) cooking. The smell alone drives people crazy. I just wanted to say thank you for your help and for providing me with such a quality piece of equipment. It has made us more profitable and more unique.

John McCarthy
Casey's Publichouse | Holliston, MA

I do a lot of cooking and it has never let me down...


There is no force in the world as we know it that would make me give-up my PR60T. I do alot of cooking and It has never let me down as far as performance and price is concerned! I don't endorse many things but, I would gladly suggest this or any other Meadow Creek cooker to someone who really want's the best meat ever cooked! When I'm ready for an up-grade you'll be getting a call from me. Couldn't thank you folks enough for such a great roaster/grill/smoker.

Wade Janes

We had to find something fast to cook 1,000 half chickens...

I was attracted to Meadow Creek some 10 years ago. My Deputy Fire Chief and I chaired a Chicken Barbecue to raise funds for our Fire Department...

We had to find something fast to cook 1,000 half chickens on...

So we called Meadow Creek, and you were more then willing to accommodate us. We were more than satisfied with the pit, the knowledge of your staff as to which unit would suit our needs the best, their over all professionalism, and their willingness to help our Fire Department.

I was convinced that my next grill purchase will be from your company, but since then my Department has fallen victim to the consolidation and merger of many local volunteer fire companies, and was phased out of existence.

May I extend another hearty thank-you on behalf of myself, and the former Columbia Consolidated Fire Department.


Former president of the Columbia Consolidated Fire Department

The quality in Meadow Creek cookers is top notch...

I have to say that my TS250 is everything that I expected and then some! It holds the temps like a dream and does not burn much wood at all. I have had 3 BBQ cooks with it cooking ribs, pork loin and a turkey so far. Each cooked very well and had great flavor. I think the best part is being able to get it going and set the temperature and go do other jobs knowing the temps will hold. The quality in Meadow Creek cookers is top notch.


Russell Welkley

The smoker is great and the food tastes great...

Photos of our bck party get together when we broke in the new TS250 Smoker

The smoker is great and the food tastes great. Used it this weekend to smoke 12 racks of ribs and brats and burgers on the grill for our group at the Ohio State Sporting Clays Shoot. Had many complements and more people are bringing food next year for me to smoke at the shoot... Purchased mine in Applecreek Ohio about 50 miles from me. Thanks for your info and tips.

The consistency with each batch was seamless...

The BBQ42 that I purchased from you this past Friday is awesome!

The first time I used it was the very next day, cooking chicken wings at Pops on The River and they turned out great. It helped make our vending debut in Chattanooga a big success. Within minutes of the wings placed on the cooker and the smell working its way through the crowd, I booked an event in September and a private party in 2 weeks!

I was able to cook 75-80 lbs of wings per hour with ease and without getting Carpel Tunnel in my wrist from turning each wing. The consistency with each batch was seamless and they were cooked to perfection.

Today I grilled some burgers on the unit and was truly surprised with how juicy they came out. I will be in touch with you soon about the griddle option for this unit to explore how versatile it is. Again, thank you and I will send some photos of my BBQ42 in action at our next event.

Calvin Steele
Fresh Squeezed Vending Concepts

My first hog turned out great...

Photos of my first hog roast

I learned a lot and the hog turned out great!

Anthony Ginter

The PR60 held heat better than I expected!

The PR-60 arrived on time and was put to immediate use. I hadn't prepared my wife for the new "grill", but that is another story. My first project was a 90lb pig (dressed) and four boston butts. I think it turned out beautifully. The construction of the PR-60 is unbelievably tight and held heat better than I expected. We can't wait til we can have 70 more people over for BBQ.

Thank you.



Here is a picture from the Phoenix Oktoberfest...


Here is one of many pictures from the Phoenix Oktoberfest. We cooked 6 whole pigs (average weight was 85 pounds) throughout the day on a PR60 (2 pigs at a time) and a PR42.


Nathan Lichte

The chicken was good, but the ribs were fantastic...

This past weekend I competed in an amature rib cook-off at a local yacht club. There was 17 BBQ teams and 6 judges. The judges have been through a BBQ Judge Certification class. I took First Place in this competition.

On our 4th of July BBQ, we roasted 40 half chickens and 72 lbs of pork ribs. The chicken was good, but the ribs were fantastic.

We roasted two each 60 lb pigs at about 325 for about 8 hrs, and we fed right at 120 people. In picture #3, that is me on the left in the white shirt, with Rick in the center with the black apron, and Geno on the right.

Rick is my barbecue partner and he is a professional butcher. Rick knows where every bone in the pigs body is and how to get the most yield from the meat, so we let Rick be in charge of the carving of the pig and we lend a helping hand. It was a great day and everyone loved the pig.

Bill Jones
Martinez , CA

Heads and shoulders above the competition...

Ardyth and I are very excited about Meadow Creek Smoker. After reading and viewing many sites looking for a smoker, the Meadow Creek line came out heads and shoulders above the competition.

Steve and Ardyth Cornell

An exceptional piece of equipment...

Last week I took our Meadow Creek cooker (PR72G) on its “maiden voyage”. I cooked a 230# hog for our Restaurant Managers Cookout and it was absolutely superb — both the result and the cooker.

I can’t say enough about the cooker, which performed admirably. It is an exceptional piece of equipment — one that we will use again, soon and often. It’s quality and dependability throughout!

Many thanks.

A. J. Iovino, VP Marketing | Pizza Hut of Ft. Wayne, Inc. | 7100 W Jefferson Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46804

These cookers make a seasoned professional out of an amateur...

I received the trailer and have been working very hard to get everything up and running for my BBQ business, I'm really impressed with the quality of this equipment, and so is everyone else who stops to look at it too. This past weekend I fired it up and cooked 4 pork butts, 8 racks of st. Lewis style ribs, and a case of whole chicken legs. They turned out the best I've ever made, no exaggeration! These cookers make a seasoned professional out of an amateur. This was well worth the wait.

JD's Smoky Pit BBQ

Turned out perfectly...

I love my pig cooker. I've made whole pigs (63 and 80 pounders), Salmon, pork shoulders, chicken and this Thanksgiving we will cook up turkeys. All turned out perfectly!

Thank you.

Attached is a photo of my most recent pig on the Meadow Creek.


Steve Kagan

It cooks some of best steaks I’ve done in the last 40 years...

The BBQ26S Chicken Cooker is GREAT! Personally I’m not a huge fan of chicken but the cooker makes it easy and the Meadow Creek BBQ spices go extremely well with chicken. In short I have a new respect for chicken and have used the cooker a bunch this spring. I have used it to cook 15 pounds of split breasts and quarters at one time for our youth group at church. The youth group is still talking about it as the best barbecue chicken they have had. I have also used it to cook 10 pounds of chicken for a family get together and they all loved the chicken.

Then we have personal use. Periodically I will cook 5 or 10 pounds of chicken for use during the coming week. This is a great time saver, just pack the cooked chicken into a plastic sealed tub, put it in the fridge, and reheat it in the microwave. Pack for lunch to eat at work and make all your co-workers hungry with the smell of hickory smoked barbecue chicken from the microwave.

Probably the best thing about the Meadow Creek BBQ26S is its versatility. I can load it with charcoal and hickory chunks, close the lid, and adjust the dampers to extend the cook time out to an hour and a half for some nicely smoked BBQ Chicken. I also have the fixed charcoal grate and griddle. By setting the charcoal pan at the higher location the cooker makes a superb charcoal grill. It cooks some of best steaks I’ve done in the last 40 years. Same goes for the griddle.

John Moyers

Everyone was really pleased with the food...

I did a test run with 13 slabs and 4 chickens. They turned out great. Only thing I did wrong initially was too much charcoal. Was unable to maintain the heat between 225–250. After I removed some coals the temperature settled right in. That's why the test run before I do an actual pig. Everyone was really pleased with the food. Awesome grill and they could not believe I ordered it and had it shipped in. I just replied you get what you pay for!

Thanks again.

Mike K

You guys have been most helpful...

I have a PR60T. I used mine for the first time just a little while ago. I made 16" homemade pizzas on mine. I like the light smokey taste the Chef Select charcoal imparts onto the pizza. I have attached some pictures of my first run on the PR60T. I'll send pictures of the next cook I do. I like traveling down the unbeaten path when it comes to grilling.

You guys have been most helpful. Thank you for the information on your website.


Pig cook for 2012 Army Navy Game...







Here's some pics of the December 8th, 2012 pig cook for Army Navy Game at VFW Post 3256 Montague, MI. Wish I had more pics but it's very easy to get side tracked during these events. I will do another one this summer.

Really love this cooker.

Mike K

I couldn't be happier with the versatility of the SQ36...

Just wanted to send you a quick thank you for the great smoker. It came on Friday and I was dying to try it out as soon as I unpacked it. I got it seasoned and ready to roll then put on a ham and some chicken. Even though it was my first time using it, I found it easy to maintain the 225-250 temp. I used charcoal and hickory chunks (couldn't get logs just yet). The ham is delicious and the chicken was awesome and didn't dry out at all.

I was so impressed that I was eager to try grilling with it with the charcoal grill insert I ordered too. I had some nice 1 1/2" thick strip steaks and grilled potatoes on Sunday. Being this is my first time using charcoal, it took a little longer than I anticipated to heat up but once it did, it grilled beautifully. If we weren't leaving town this weekend, I'm sure I'd be using it again!

Thanks for the great smoker and I'm looking forward to many great bbq's this summer.

My family and I had great Memorial Day weekend with the SQ36. Saturday we grilled using the charcoal insert plate and made Kutztown Bacon Wrapped Filets (some with Blue Cheese) and a Rosemary Veal Chop.

Sunday was my first full smoker run. We put on a brined turkey breast (your brine recipe worked great), a small pork shoulder, 2 racks of ribs and a pot of beans with apple.

Everything was awesome. 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

I really appreciate the versatility of the SQ36...

It was love at first sight when I received my new SQ36! After many successful cooks, ribs, briskets, and pork butt are favorites, but also smoking fish, sausage and cheese. I really appreciate the versatility of the SQ36. The only problem I had was breaking the stub handle off one of the draft doors on the firebox. Lavern and Marlin were great about it! They had a new set of spiral handle doors made for me and shipped out no charge! The new doors are installed, they look great, and they will never break again!

Great customer support from the team at Smoky Mountain Barbecue!

Thanks, guys!

Tom Stover
Kalamazoo, MI

The smoker makes it so easy to cook it just seems fool proof...

I have the TS250 smoker with a BBQ42 Chicken Cooker. I wouldn't take ANYTHING for it! I smoke butts for a restaurant, 20-40 per week just for pulled pork sandwiches. The smoker makes it so easy to cook it just seems fool proof. I can cook 20 butts in 12 hrs on 4 bags of charcoal @ 225-250 degrees. Like I said, I love it!

Charlie Watts

Best investment I have ever made...

Best investment I have ever made! Really delivers great results.

I have the PR60G and the TS120 mounted on the same trailer and this thing does it all! So far I have roasted turkeys, chickens and a 170 lb pig in the roaster. All of which turned out amazing. In the smoker, the real showpiece of the unit, I’ve cooked ribs, briskets, pork butts and about 70 lbs of bacon. Everything delicious. I sold out of the bacon at the local farmer’s market in about an hour! (the samples sold it) The tips and recipes on the smoky mountain website have been a world of help getting these great results.

The smoker keeps a constant temperature like a dream and even doubly so for the roaster. The last time I cooked a whole pig on a borrowed rotisserie mother nature got ugly and it was a flaming nightmare. This time she was fully willing to put the MC PR60G to the test. I set the temp, loaded the pig and down came the rain and a fair bit of wind. So I adjusted the gas to keep the heat flowing and from then on it was sweet dreams with me only getting up twice through the night to see that everything was running smoothly.

Thank you Meadow Creek for building such solid equipment and thanks to Yoder’s staff for the excellent service.

Blake Anderson
Chef/Owner | Terre It Up Catering | Alberta, Canada

The PR60 is a wonderful cooker, making wonderful BBQ that people come back for seconds...

This past Saturday I cooked for our church group on my PR60. I cooked a case of beautiful pork butts that came out perfect on a 11 hour cook at 225 degrees. Being “old school” in my cooking techniques, I still use a burning barrel and use hickory and oak wood coals to fire the PR60. Where most people use charcoal and load their PR down with charcoal, I watch my temp and fire it up accordingly with hardwood coals. Besides making wonderful BBQ that people come back for seconds for, the old burning barrel is a perfect place for friends hang around and visit, which is the best part of a BBQ event. The PR60 Is a wonderful cooker and it can be used in many ways to cook good food on. It does a great job holding a constant temperature regardless of what you are using as fuel.

Charlie Benton
Casar, NC

I look forward to many years of service from my pit...

Just a quick note of thank you. The pit arrived yesterday and nothing was damaged. ABF were very nice and professional. Thank you for helping me through this purchase, and I look forward to many years of service from my pit.My outdoor cook shed's construction will start in a few weeks. I'll send you some photographs once everything is set up and being used.

Thank you again.

Mancel Bolton

The best cooker I've ever purchased...


I've had my PR60T for a few months now, and it's the best cooker I've ever purchased. So far I've done 2 catering events 2 huge family BBQ's and 2 Tailgate Challenges. All with great results. Thanks for everything.

Edward Brown

I am very pleased with the roaster




This was the first use of the pr72g that I purchased this summer and I did a 210 pound pig for about 200 people and they all brought side dishes to share for the annual picnic/meeting. The roaster was so efficient that the pig was done well before time so I just put it on low and it turned out great. I am very pleased with the roaster, I want to try some brisket on it next spring using wood and charcoal.

Darryl Atherton

Impressed with the workmanship on this PR60 unit...

I am very impressed with the workmanship on this PR60 unit. With proper care I have no doubt it will last a lifetime! We bought the roaster in late September, I believe, and only had the opportunity to use it a couple of times before the weather turned cold. (Maine) So far we love it and look forward to breaking it out again in the spring. Maybe Memorial Day will see the first BBQ get-together.

Chris Hardy
Edmunds' Market | Phillips, ME

Thank you very much for the excellent customer service while unit was enroute...

Just wanted to let you know that we received the pig roaster and your "care package". Everything arrived in fine condition. Thank you very much for the excellent customer service while unit was enroute. I was impressed by the prompt reply to my questions after the sale; very rare these days. We'll be giving the roaster a workout soon.

Chris Hardy

The ribs were fantastic but your meatloaf stole the show...


We celebrated my in laws 54th wedding anniversary today. The ribs were fantastic, but your meatloaf stole the show. Not a bite left and many requests for us to cook it again next week.

Thanks again!

Joe Gibson
Most awesome cooker that I have used from the first fire in my life!

Hey gang,

I just wanted to send you a note on my bbq42. It is without a doubt the most awesome cooker that I have used from the first fire in my life! I cooked a few chickens for the family to start, my bros. were blown away. So I cooked 30 lbs. of chicken for the guys at work, once again blown away. I am confident that I can use this to cater small parties right away. It will pay for itself in short order. I only wish there was a dealer closer so I could by a half dozen to rent out for family reunions. The shipping would kill me.

Awesome Awesome Awesome!

Brett Edmisten

People couldn't get over how moist the chicken was or how juicy the brisket was!










Lavern and Marlin,

I finally got a chance to use my new TS120 when the temps were above freezing and it wasn't either snowing or raining. This last Sunday I cooked for a fundraiser BBQ for Missions at church, Saint Paul United Methodist Church. The BBQ was fed just after the morning service for lunch. I cooked 4 Boston Butts and 6 Brisket Flats on the TS-120 and 20 pounds of chicken leg quarters on the BBQ26S. Everyone was pleased and loved ALL the BBQ, and we served about 75 people. One lady in the church who grew up in Memphis loved it and said she finally found real bbq in East TN.With so much cooked we had plenty left over to sell by the pound for people who wanted to some home. To say the least the fundraiser was a smashing success and they are already wanting to try this again. People couldn't get over how moist the chicken was or how juicy the brisket was. After looking at the few bottles of BBQ Sauce they put out with the meat it became clear that most didn't use any and says a lot about the product.

BTW, I used Meadow Creek Brisket Rub for the Brisket and Meadow Creek Traditional Rub for the Pork and Chicken.

John Moyers

The grill is perfect!

Lavern and Marlin,

Thanks for your help. The grill is perfect! This is my 7th session on the BBQ 42.


Michael Brown

She definitely has all the bells and whistles...




Wow! I got the big beasty smoker yesterday. What a wonderful piece of equipment! Thanks so much for your help and great communication. I've attached a few pictures to share with you. She definitely has all the bells and whistles!

David E. Kloeckner
Vice President - Wealth Management Financial Advisor | The Kloeckner Group | Omaha, NE

Great customer service and great smoker...




Thank you for the great customer service and a great smoker.... I could not be happier.

Mike Massiglia
Messy Mike's Barbecue | Somerville, MA

The craftsmanship is really excellent...

We have loved every cooking moment on our TS250 with the BBQ 42 chicken cooker. When we came to Tennessee to pick it up we had a few reservations about pulling it back half way across the US. However, it pulled like a dream, we could not have had a better traveling experience. We did get it seasoned before using it the first time but it was a close call. We have loved the way the cooker was made and the nice smooth welds. The craftsmanship is really excellent. We love the way it holds the temperature and cooks evenly. We are glad we went with a Meadow Creek cooker. We had talked with a BBQ team that has talked with you and was interested in a Meadow Creek and have hoped that we made them decide to chose your cooker.

Gary and Kay Zeit
GK Que Catering | Wheaton, Kansas

We will be purchasing more pieces in the future...

6 years ago I purchased a PR60GT built to my custom size specs and this spring I purchased a BBQ36G. I am absolutely impressed with both items. I have cooked approx. 100 whole hogs on my PR60 and my wife and I run a successful sandwich business using the literally 'tons' of brisket and pork butts we cook on the PR60 every summer. The BBQ36 was purchased for use at several of the local charity fund raisers so far it has performed flawlessly. We will be purchasing more pieces in the future.

Thank You.

Jim & Sally Olson
Wild Hogz BBQ | Hulett, WY

Thanks for helping me be a blessing to others...

I have never been great with grilling chicken, but with my new Meadow Creek BBQ42 I have been cooking some of the best in my life. It really makes it very simple and almost foolproof if you practice a little with it first. Thanks for helping me be a blessing to others.

PS... also have loved grilling steaks and burgers also nothing can beat charcoal flavoring!

Wayne Shaddon
First Methodist Church | Crossville, TN

Love my new TS250...

Thank you for helping make a dream come true. Every time I use my TS250, I am amazed at the product that I can create. My first festival, I cooked approximately 390lbs Pork Butt, served over 1,200 sandwich's, 200 hot dogs and 240lbs of my Let "R" Rip Beans. And we were open from 10am to 6pm.

Chris Lester
Tumwater, WA
Beats any style of pig cooking I have done in the past...

I bought the PR60T. After I got it home and read through the paperwork I went on line to Thermoworks and bought their TW PRO Kit. I cooked the first whole pig on Summer Solstice, it was about 55lbs dressed and flayed. I started with 80lbs of Kingsford charcoal and lit one end of the pile. Once I got the temperature regulated as indicated in the paperwork I set the thermocouples and let it cook. In less than 4-1/2 hours the alarm sounded and the pig was cooked to perfection. I have since cooked 2 more of the same size and have reduced the charcoal to about 30lbs and the pig still turns out perfect. That cooker sure beats any style of pig cooking I have ever done in the past. No more digging pits, cutting fire wood, burying the pig in the ground wrapped in something and tending it long enough to burn one side and undercook the other. I am older and wiser now. Your cooker is the way to go. I am so glad I found one on line. Thanks so much to Marlin. He was a joy to work with. And that hot barbecue sauce he recommended was a hit with the gang. They are all looking forward to the next time, probably on Labor Day.

LA Pig Cooker | Mobile, AL

I would highly recommend the Meadow Creek Smoker...

I would highly recommend the Meadow creek smoker. It took some getting used to for me. I love everything about it. The first few times that I used it were learning experiences for me. I had to learn to regulate the heat. I let it get too hot and had a hard time getting it back down to where I wanted it.Because I like to cook at night while I sleep, I added a guru and a 30 CFM fan. This works beautifully. I have been reading StoryQ and trying lots of new things. This BX50 Box smoker has opened up a whole new dimension for me. The water jug works great. I've smoked some jerky dry. My next adventure is a cured bacon from Boston Butt that is from a process used by my Yankee Brother in law. I plan on showing him how smoked bacon is done.I mostly cook butts, brisket and ribs but I am learning with each new cooking.

Gaffney, SC

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