I've not cooked on a Meadow Creek but I love my Hasty Bake. It's great for grilling, baking, some smoking. When I want to do a long smoke as in briskets, pulled pork etc.. I use my other smokers. The HB would do it but I would need to add additional coal for long smokes.
hmmmm.... I sound lazy! lol I am so used to using my drums, load them with coal and they will smoke for hours.
Can't say enough good things about the Hasty Bake, it's a great cooker!! The adjustable hot coal rack gives it the feel of a Santa Maria type grill with the benefit of a hood.
Good luck with what ever you get!