The Meadow Creek BBQ42C, a scaled-back version of the BBQ42 that’s meant to be added to a trailer (or else never be moved). It is, very simply, a big black box, no lid, no handles, and a double stainless steel chicken cooking grate that you can load with meat and flip with one hand.
The box metal is 13 gauge steel and the overall dimensions are 22 1/2″ high, 55 1/2″ long, and 28″ wide. It had a 13 gauge bottom tray and 4 side pins; standard options include a charcoal pan, a cover, and a stainless steel flat grate (as opposed to the chicken basket grates). A 13-gauge lid is available as a custom option.
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880 square inches
Large(about 43 burgers)
Meadow Creek Barbecue Supply
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.
Published On: 2/15/2013
Last Modified: 7/13/2021
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