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It is a real treat in a disposable world to see products this well built. Especially at these prices.
All Meadow Creek grills, smokers, and grill/smoker combos are made by Amish craftsmen in New Holland, PA, as they have been since the company was founded in 1980. As you might expect, their designs are simple, well thought out, their build is solid and the products are long lasting.
Most metal is seriously heavy 13 gauge steel, In 2012 they switched from stainless steel expanded metal grates to heavy wire mesh grates which we commonly refer to as stainless steel rod grates. This change reduced waste because the expanded metal grates were stamped out of stainless steel sheets resulting in tons of small diamond shaped leftovers. Stamping also created sharp edges which nicked some fingers before they smoothed out from usage. Finally switching to metal rods decreased the volume of metal surface on the grates, reducing conduction cooking and exposing meat to more smoke. Handles are stainless steel coils that never get too hot and are easy on the hands. Meadow Creeks are favorites among the competition crowd for quality as well as price. That metal will stand up to nature's fury, and as long as you have them covered and keep them clean, you should be handing these down to your kids. If they've been good.
Meadow Creek TS Series
The Meadow Creek TS Series, so named because they are tank smokers made from large propane tanks, is their competition smoker series, featuring a reverse-flow method: the hot, smoky air flows up from the firebox and underneath the steel floor down to the other end of the tank, then uses the round end of the tank to circulate through the upper shelves, enveloping the meat inside on its way back to the chimney which is mounted on the same side as the firebox. This is a clever technique to spreading the heat evenly throughout the cooking chamber. Without this duct system, heat enters the cooking chamber on the same side as the firebox, and food near the firebox cooks much faster.
The metal on each tank is 3/16" think, and the steel on the fireboxes is 1/4" plate. Standard with any TS series smoker are a stainless steel slide-out grate, positive lock latches, an ash slide-out pan, charcoal grate in the firebox, a built-in water pan, a ball valve drain, stainless steel handles, stay-cool handles on slide vents, and heat baffles on the fire box to protect the wheels.
Meadow Creek TS250
Meadow Creek's TS-250 is the second largest smoker in the TS line. It's 83" high, 175" long, 58" wide and weighs in at 1,600 pounds (1,900 shipping weight). The grates are 24" by 50 3/8" for the top, and 26.5" by 50.5" for the bottom, and the total is a whopping 2,544 square inches to work with. The warming box above the firebox has three 13.5" x 22.5" grates for almost 304 square inches per grate.
It has 15" highway wheels, a heavy duty wheel jack, trailer lights (4 prong flat), and safety chains.
$5,775 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.
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A good digital thermometer keeps me from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade, fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $29. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. It's the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using. Click here to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.
GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips or pellets or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.
If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.
Absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world.
This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).
Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!
The PK Grill has become our favorite charcoal grill. It proves some ideas never die.
Designed in 1952, the rectangular shape is easy to set up in 2 or 3 heat zones, it can easily be used as a smoker, the cast aluminum body is indestructible, airflow is easy to manage, and there is plenty of room under the hood.
Made of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.
Mo's Smoking Pouch is essential for gas grills. It is an envelope of mesh 304 stainless steel that holds wood chips or pellets. The airspaces in the mesh are small enough that they limit the amount of oxygen that gets in so the wood smokes and never bursts into flame. Put it on top of the cooking grate, on the burners, on the coals, or stand it on edge at the back of your grill. It holds enough wood for about 15 minutes for short cooks, so you need to refill it or buy a second pouch for long cooks like pork shoulder and brisket. Mine has survived more than 50 cooks. Click for more info.
The same knives used at Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, and Morton's. Machine washable, high-carbon stainless steel, hardwood handle. And now they have the AmazingRibs.com imprimatur. Click for more info.