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Meadow Creek BX50 Review


It’s not exactly breaking news anymore but Meadow Creek, the maker of classic BBQ smokers, roasters, and grills, has a new smoker on the market. It’s called the BX50 and is Meadow Creek’s first gravity fed water smoker to hit the market.

Usually, the arrival of a new smoker doesn’t generate much interest in the barbeque world because they are not much different than existing models. To most people, the science of BBQ smokers is pretty much tried and tested, meaning that all smokers are relatively similar. They strive to create a constant temperature in the smoking chamber for long periods of time to ensure the meat’s flavor and tenderness. Generally a “new” smoker typically looks and performs much like an existing model.

That’s what makes the Meadow Creek BX50 different. It is about more than the usual scaling or tinkering with existing models. Like many of Meadow Creek’s creations, the BX50 is a charcoal BBQ smoker with all the features you would expect from a high end cooker, such as durable 13 gauge steel construction, 304 stainless steel grates and oversized wheels which make it easy to move. The real difference is that it has a unique gravity fed water system that adds a new twist to classic smoking. The automatic water system is flexible and can be used for the whole smoke, part of it or not at all. This gives the BX50 an advantage over other smokers that do not have the ability to add moisture to the smoking chamber.

This unique water replenishing feature keeps the water pan full without having to open the smoker to add more water. I believe the BX50 will be a great competition smoker since it allows you to control the moisture in the smoker better than other units I have seen.

Word from Meadow Creek designers who created the BX50 is that the final design is the result of custom build request of the company’s other models over the past couple of years. The BX50 prototype became such a popular special request, that the company decided to make it part of their regular lineup.

Features Breakdown

  • Well Insulated: The Meadow Creek BX50 combines a 13 gauge double wall steel body structure with an inch of added insulation, plus insulating strips on the doors and an improved built-in BBQ Guru adapter. The smoker can sustain 250 degrees for 8 hours with only 20 lbs of charcoal. This makes it one of the more efficient smokers I have seen.
  • Easy to Clean: If you are the type that considers cleaning after the party the worst part of barbecuing, you will love the BX50. It comes with slide out stainless steel racks, a removable grease pan, slide out ash pan, and removable water pan. Together, these features make the after-cook cleaning of the smoker a quick and easy.
  • Gravity Fed Water Supply: The gravity fed water supply can handle 5 gallon water jugs which will provide enough water for even the longest smokes.
  • Big Smoking Space: Measuring 66″ high, 34″ deep and 44″ wide, the BX50 is medium sized smoker, but thanks to the four 20″ x 24″ cooking racks it has over 1,900 square inches of smoking space. There is six inches of space between each rack, so it can easily accommodate briskets, pork shoulders and other large cuts of meat.

Is there something about the BX50 BBQ Smoker from Meadow Creek that you would like us to clarify? You can ask us here. If you have already used a BX50, please let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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