Premiala Meat Injector and ArmorGlove Review
In the world of meat meets fire, you need to be on top of your game. First, it’s all about the flavor. Second, you mess with the flame, you’re bound to get burned. I recently received two products from the Premiala company designed to tackle these areas: The Premiala Stainless Steel Meat Injector and the Premiala ArmorGlove.
The folks at Premiala asked me if I’d review these items for BBQBeat.com, so what you read here is my unbiased impression of their form and function.
Full disclosure: I received them both at no cost to me, but I’ve been paid nothing to write this review.
So… here goes!
Review #1: The Premiala Meat Injector
Many of you reading this post understand the need to inject flavors into your meat. This is especially true if you’re cooking the bigger cuts like Boston butt or brisket, but also holds true for turkey, chicken, and if we’re honest, a rack of competition ribs (when we want to get fancy).
The Stainless Steel Meat Injector is not your use it and chuck it model meat injector. This bad boy is made out of 100% food-safe 304-grade stainless steel. I’m impressed with the packaging of this injector, as it’s meant to keep all of the associated pieces tucked away very well while not in use.
You can see pics of the packaging here:
As you can see, each piece of the Injector has its own section cut into a foam insert, which makes storing it nice and easy. The instructions printed on the underneath side of the box lid explain how to assemble the injector’s parts including the accompanying o-rings.
I mentioned earlier that this is a long haul, heavy-use injector. This being the case, it is nice that the company provides multiple sets of o-rings. This helps as you can extend the use of the injector over time – swapping out new 0-rings for old as they begin to wear out.
Using the Premiala Injector
I put the Premiala Injector through its paces on a couple of Boston Butts used while testing out the Grilla Grills Grilla Model pellet smoker. Following the instructions, I applied a bit of olive oil to the o-rings, assembled the injector, and was happy with the unit’s performance.
You’ll find that the 3-ring cap on the Injector makes for easy handling, especially if you’re limited to one hand when using the “wet hand / dry hand” system to cut down on mess.
Injector Needles Included with the Premiala Injector
There are three injector needles included with the Injector:
- 1x 6-inch open-ended garlic needle
- 1x 6-inch 12 hole marinade needle
- 1x 3-inch 2-hole steak needle
I used the 12 hole marinade needle for the pork butts I did and found the flow to be steady and even. I’ve not used the open-ended garlic needle, but it has a gauge that’s large enough to allow finely-minced garlic and/or other seasonings to pass through and reside in large cuts like roasts and the like. I can see a lot of use for the garlic needle coming into play when I smoke my next prime rib.
The smaller 2-hole steak needle is meant to impart flavor into thinner cuts of meat, and might prove useful for doing just a few chicken thighs or the like as well.
Something to mention – the handle for this injector is not stainless steel, but the body and needles are.
Final Thoughts on the Premiala Meat Injector
I found nothing I did not like about this injector, and it did its job well. Premiala gives you three injector needles as a means of differentiating its product from the others on the market. Additionally, the company provides an e-book for using the injector. While useful for someone who is really new to cooking or injecting marinades into meat, the e-book’s actual value is limited for anyone who is adept at cooking in this manner.
One last positive note – at the time of this posting, Premiala offers a Lifetime Warranty on this injector. Just send it back to the company and they’ll ship you out a new one.
Review #2: The Premiala ArmorGlove
As with the Premiala Meat Injector, the Premiala ArmorGlove is available to you via Amazon. I found that the gloves did a good job of protecting me from the heat. I also found them to be comfortable.
Here’s the breakdown of the Premiala ArmorGlove
Heat Resistance: The Premiala ArmorGlove are certified to EN407 Class 4 (the highest rating available). They’re made from the same stuff as firefighter’s suits and, according to Premiala, will protect you from temperatures of up to 932 deg F (500 deg C) for up to 15 seconds. (I did not test anything hotter than 350 degrees – and that was the pans I used to cook the Pork Butts in for the Grilla Grills test.)
Note: The heat resistance of these gloves can become limited if they get wet, so be careful there.
Six Inches of Arm Protection: The ArmorGlove protects your arm up to about midway to your elbow. This is nice for when you have to reach across a hot surface.
Comfort and Easy of Handling: The ArmorGlove has a breathable cotton weave that’s comfortable. I found the gripping surface on the gloves to work well, too.
As with their injector, at the time of this posting, Premiala offers a Lifetime Warranty on the ArmorGlove. Just send them back to the company and they’ll ship you out a new pair.