It's got the numbers: 39" high by 55.5" long by 30" wide, with a 22" by 40" double grate for a healthy 880 square inches of cooking surface that you can load with meat and flip all at once with one hand. The bottom is 18" away but there is a charcoal tray that allows you to place the coals just below the cooking grate. Like Meadow Creek's other offerings, you'll find this one solid, weighing in at 250 pounds.
Designed for grilling large quantities of chicken, the manufacturer claims that its capacity is more than 40 pounds of cut up birds. It is large enough that it can be setup for 2-zone or indirect cooking and for smoking. The standard lid is not very tall, so you won't be able to get a turkey on, but an optional lid is 10" deep. It’s still a grill at heart, though.
You can also customize it with a pull-out ash tray, a trailer hitch. All in all, it looks like the muscle you need to take care of a decent-sized party or to start your catering biz.
Looked Closely At It
We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources.
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.
These babies are designed for fast and hot grilling. Great for chicken, steaks, chops, burgers, and more, caterers fondly call them "chicken cookers" because there is no better way to cook birds than with their double sided pivoting grates of expanded stainless steel. Meat is sandwiched between two grates that are on a center pivot. Time to turn? Pull the pin, turn the handle and the whole grate flips just like a jukebox turning over a record (remember vinyl records?).