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Basic Brine Recipe For Injectors

Meat Injection needle
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Here are several quick injectable brine recipes customized for different types of meat.

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Servings: 1 quart


Prep Time: 10 minutes


Pork Brine Injection

  • 2 tablespoons Morton coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice or low sodium pork, chicken, or beef stock
  • 3 cups water

Red Meat Brine Injection

  • 2 tablespoons Morton coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  • 4 cups water or low sodium beef stock, or a mix of both

Poultry Brine Injection

  • 2 tablespoons Morton coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups water or low sodium chicken stock, or a mix of both
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works.
Add umami. You can add 1/2 teaspoon of MSG such as Ac'cent.
Add herbs and spices. You can add herbs and spices such as garlic and pepper, but they can overwhelm the meat's natural flavor.
Add oil. After you have used a brine injection, if you want you can go back and inject a small amount of oil. You can't mix the oil with the brine since it floats to the top. If you don't have canola you can use another neutral flavored oil like corn oil. Olive oil can be strong flavored. You can try warm butter, but it tends to clog the needle when and form blobs in the bird when it hits the cold meat. The blobs disperse somewhat during cooking, however.
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page


  • Prep. Mix all the ingredients in a bottle and shake vigorously before injecting. Pour into a narrow container so you can suck fluid in through the needle. In a wide bowl it is hard to get the holes below the water line and you then need to unscrew the top, pour it into the syringes, spill it everywhere, screw on the top, inject, and repeat. I bought a V-shaped flower vase for the job.
  • Inject. Insert the needle and go all the way to the center. Press the plunger slowly and ease the needle out. Insert the needle about every 1.5"/38.1 mm apart and leave behind about 1 ounce per pound/453.6 grams. A little liquid will follow the needle out of the hole, but if it comes spurting out, use less pressure. We want to avoid pockets of liquid.
  • Cook. You can cook right away, but if you let the meat rest for an hour or more, even overnight, the injection will disperse more evenly through the meat. Then dry the surface with a paper towel and apply your rub and cook.