Air Fryer Pulled Pork

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If you're a fan of pulled pork but are looking for a healthier, more convenient, and more versatile way to make it, this air fryer pulled pork recipe is the way to go.

Made with just 3 ingredients, this air fryer pulled pork is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with a rich and savory flavor that's hard to resist. You'll love the taste and texture of this easy-to-make recipe.

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Why This Recipe Works

This air fryer pulled pork recipe is a great option for anyone looking for an easy, and healthy way to enjoy pulled pork.

This air fryer pulled pork recipe is very simple and easy to make, with only a few ingredients and minimal prep time. Plus, using an air fryer makes the cooking process faster and more hands-off.

Additionally, using an air fryer to make pulled pork can be a healthier alternative to traditional methods, as it requires less oil and results in a crispy, flavorful texture without the need for deep-frying.

This recipe can be used in a variety of dishes, from sandwiches and wraps to tacos and salads. It's a great base for adding your favorite toppings and sauces, making it a versatile and customizable meal option.

Ingredients

Pork:

For this recipe, a pork shoulder or butt roast works the best because it has a higher fat content which is necessary for pulled pork.

Seasoning:

Use your favorite pork seasoning or make your own by combining 2 tablespoons of paprika, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

Barbecue Sauce:

You can add some barbecue sauce for a burst of flavor. Mix ½ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce with your shredded pork until it's combined and your pork is well-coated.

Make your own barbecue sauce by combining 1 cup ketchup, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil.

How to Make Air Fryer Pulled Pork

Step One: 

Mix the olive oil and your favorite pork seasoning together in a small bowl to create a dry rub. Rub the dry rub mixture all over the pork, covering it completely.

Step Two: 

Place the pork in the air fryer basket, ensuring it's not too crowded, and cook at 350F for 60 minutes.

Step Three:

Cook until the pork has reached an internal temperature of 145F and has a nice crust on the outside.

Step Four: 

Remove the pork from the air fryer and let it rest for a few minutes. Then, shred the pork using two forks.

Step Five: 

Serve on a bun, in a taco, or on a salad, and enjoy!

Tips

  • Ensure you give your air fryer basket a light spray of non-stick cooking spray before adding the pork.
  • Your cook time might vary depending on the size of the roast.
  • Ensure you flip your pork roast halfway through cooking time. Flipping the pork over halfway through cooking will help to ensure that both sides are evenly browned.
  • Mix the shredded pork with barbecue sauce for a delicious, tangy flavor. Make sure to stir until the pork is well-coated.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Pulled Pork

This air fryer pulled pork recipe is so easy and so tasty that you will want to add it to every meal, and it's versatile enough that you can.

Make some delicious pulled pork tacos, enchiladas, or taquitos with your air fryer pulled pork. Or you can mix it with your homemade barbecue sauce to create a burrito bowl, Spanish pork stew, or use it to top your mac and cheese pizza.

Need more ideas? Check out What To Serve With Pulled Pork.

FAQs

How long can air fryer pulled pork leftovers be stored?

Cooked pulled pork made in an air fryer can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you have a large batch of leftovers that you won't be able to eat within that time frame, you can freeze the pulled pork for later use.

To freeze the pulled pork, place it in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag, and remove as much air as possible before sealing. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

What is the best way to reheat air fryer pulled pork leftovers?

The best way to reheat pulled pork made in an air fryer is to use the air fryer again. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C), and place the pulled pork in the air fryer basket. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the pulled pork is heated through and crispy on the outside.

To reheat in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and place the pulled pork in an oven-safe dish. Cover the dish with foil, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pulled pork is heated through.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this air fryer pulled pork recipe is gluten-free.

How to make vegan pulled Pork?

You can make vegan pulled pork in your air fryer by combining 1 can young jackfruit, ¼ cup barbecue sauce (make sure it's vegan), 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, salt, and black pepper to taste. Cook at 375F in your air fryer for 15-20 minutes until the jackfruit is caramelized. Remove from the air fryer, shred the jackfruit with forks, serve, and enjoy!

Can I make pulled pork in the Instant Pot?

Yes 🙂 For the recipe and video, check out Instant Pot Pulled Pork.

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Air Fryer Pulled Pork

With just 3 ingredients, you can make this deliciously tender air fryer pulled pork recipe to use in tacos, sandwiches, and pasta
4.68 from 40 votes
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer pulled pork, air fryer pulled pork recipe, Pulled Pork, Shredded Pork
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork shoulder or pork butt roast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pork loin seasoning

Instructions

  • Mix the olive oil and your favorite pork seasoning together in a small bowl to create a dry rub. Rub the dry rub mixture all over the pork, covering it completely.
  • Place the pork in the air fryer basket, ensuring it's not too crowded, and air fry at 350F for 60 minutes.
  • Cook until the pork has reached an internal temperature of 145F and has a nice crust on the outside.
  • Remove the pork from the air fryer to rest for a few minutes. Then, shred the pork using two forks.
  • Serve on a bun, in tacos, or on a salad and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal Carbohydrates: 5g Protein: 14g Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 3g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 46mg Sodium: 55mg Potassium: 287mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0.2g Vitamin A: 199IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 83mg Iron: 3mg

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Notes

  • Ensure you give your air fryer basket a light spray of non-stick cooking spray before adding the pork.
  • Your cook time might vary depending on the size of the roast.
  • Ensure you flip your pork roast halfway through cooking time. Flipping the pork over halfway through cooking will help to ensure that both sides are evenly browned.
  • Mix the shredded pork with barbecue sauce for a delicious, tangy flavor. Make sure to stir until the pork is well-coated.
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