Charcoal Companion: Marinade Injector


Adding moisture to your meats is easy with a marinade injector! You can infuse your meat or poultry with juicy flavor by filling up your injector with your favorite marinade, stock, or brine, and injecting it directly into your protein. Niki shows you how to assemble, use, and clean your marinade injector for easy, moist cuts of beef, pork, or poultry.

Try out our marinade recipe!


• ¼ C. light oil
• ¼ C. water
• 3 T. Worcestershire sauce
• 1 T. kosher salt
• 1 T. black pepper corns
• 1 onion, quartered
• 3 garlic cloves, smashed
• 2 dried bay leaves
• 1 t. dried thyme
• 1 bunch fresh sage


1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and then simmer for a few minutes while stirring.
2. Remove from heat and allow marinade to cool.
3. Pour the marinade through a fine mesh strainer.
4. The marinade is now ready to load in your marinade injector.

Brand Charcoal Companion, Best of Barbecue
Products Used CC5034, SR8072
Time 2:35
YouTube Link
Upload Date 07/08/13


Although this may look like a medical device, it’s actually our marinade injector, used for infusing moisture and flavor into your meats. Today I’m gonna show you how to properly assemble, use, and clean the device. After opening your marinade injector from the package, it’s not assembled and you’ll need to put it together. You’ll need to take the two and a half inch stainless steel tip, insert into the bottom of the injector cavity. You’re going to screw it to the right and turn it until it is fully fastened and secure, and no longer turns. At that point, the injector is fully assembled and ready to use.

You wanna be sure to remove the plastic covering for protection. And once that’s removed, be careful not to poke yourself or anyone around you as the tip is very sharp. It’s important to note that there are two openings in the needle head and it’s imperative to have both of these openings fully emerged in the marinade before pulling back on the plunger. So you’re going to insert the tip into the marinade, both openings are submerged, and then you’re going to slowly pull back on the plunger to fill the marinade injector. You’re then going to transfer your full plunger over to your meat, again making sure that both needle openings are fully submerged in the meat before depressing the plunger. Go ahead and inject the meat with the flavoring, and you will actually see the meat plump as the marinade goes into the protein. Pull the needle out and then your chicken is ready to be seasoned with salt, pepper, or any other spices that you feel appropriate.

When you’re ready to clean the marinade injector, you’re going to take a bowl of warm and soapy water. Again, you’re going to make sure the submerged both openings of the needle into the warm and soapy water, pull back on the plunger, fill the marinade cylinder with warm and soapy water, and then depress it and and push all of the soapy water out through the tube. You can repeat this is many times as you feel necessary. You can also disassemble your marinade injector to clean it by hand. First you’ll wanna unscrew the stainless steel tip. You’ll then want to unscrew the top of the plunger from tube, pull this out to have some separate pieces. You may also want to use an appropriate size bottle brush to get inside of the cylinder and fully clean it. You can also take the separate pieces and clean them by hand. I want to note that these are not dishwasher safe products, so please do not put them in the dishwasher. And there you have it, now you know how to properly assemble, use, and care for your marinade injector.

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