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Injectors item created by bmudd14474, Jun 26, 2010
Pros - big, large needle available
Cons - needle not large enough for minced onions and garlic
I love this injector. I got it as a gift. I ended up buying it as a gift for my groomsmen. I bought several injectors. Some broke, some stunk. I was looking for a large needle to inject more than just a liquid. I get my spices through, but minced onions and garlic don't make it through. I tried mincing it to death, but it won't pass.
I stopped looking at injectors since I got this one.
Pros - FDA parts-Metered Injection-Easy Cleanup
Cons - Expensive
They are not cheap! I gave 47 bucks for mine and it comes with 2 needles. A third even larger diameter needle can be added as an option for pushing larger bits of spice and herb into the meat for about 12 bucks bringing the total to 59 bucks. I did not purchase the larger needle as the slant end needle seems adequate for my use. It brandishes a pistol grip action that can be metered to deliver 1-5 ml of injection at each trigger pull. It will hold about 2 ounces of liquid. I find this adequate but wish it held 4 ounces. The construction seems quality with outer die cast zinc frame, polycarbonate barrel and nickel plated brass push rod and needles. The threaded fittings holding it all together are nickel also. The O rungs and plunger are FDA food contact certified. The opening from the barrel to the needle and the needle opening itself is huge in comparison to the other injectors. Surprisingly, the take down of the SpitJack is as simple as the other injectors above as you only need clean the business sections and the action itself can be wiped down and dried with ease. It handles all the injections I use with ease including my rubs mixed with apple juice or whatever I want to put them in as a carrier. To meter the injection quantity you simply rotate a graduated ring at the back of the barrel. There is a threaded Allen screw that should be set to prevent over travel of the trigger which could damage the polycarbonate barrel as the torque generated seems substantial. This injector is available at Kenco and SpitJacks web sites. A cheaper version manufactured for animal husbandry can be found at farm and home supply stores but I was unable to locate one that said on the package FDA food certified. This may not be a problem for you and you must decide if this is important. I have used the SpitJack for more than a year and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to spend the money.