How to Cook Boston Butt in Air Fryer?

How to Cook Boston Butt in Air Fryer?

If, like me, you are wondering what the difference is between a Boston butt and pork shoulder roast is, well, they are the same. However, while Boston Butt is the more common name used in America to describe shoulder cuts of pork, it is more commonly known as pork shoulder or pork roast.

Now that is established, I guess the next question will be why use an air fryer to make pork roast. This used to puzzle me too until I saw its benefit and just had researched some recipes. Some of these recipes are what I will be sharing with you.

Why Cook your Boston butt in an Air Fryer?

Easy to do: it is very easy to cook. This air frying recipe is super easy to follow, from aspiring chefs to people who have never handled an air fryer before.You can easily make a double or triple batch of air-fried Boston butt at one time during meal preparation. The time is cut in half when compared to other cooking techniques. It will always be soft on the inside, crisp, and caramelized on the outside.

Uniform cookingI have discovered that it cooks it perfectly if it is fresh, and it, however, does not require as much attention. It also tends to cook more uniformly and is less likely to burn. Do keep an eye on it, though!

Less cooking Time with Better Taste: if you are stretched for time but still need a meal with flavor and taste, the best way to go is Air frying. It will take about 20 minutes to use the air fryer. It is also less stressful. Using the air fryer preserves the moisture and oil in the Boston butt while giving it a crunchy outside.

What to Consider when Air Frying your Boston Butt?

Type of the Boston Butt: This is an important factor; it is all about the pork when you cook a pork roast in an air fryer. You want 2lb Pork Roast, or if you are working with metric, it is approximately 1 kilo. This is the ideal size for fitting in your air fryer. Air Fryer Boneless Pork Roast is important. You want a cut of pork that is off the bone so that it will easily rotate in the air fryer oven and fix onto your rotisserie.

Type and size of your Air Fryer: the size of your air fryer will determine the size of Boston butt it can accommodate. The bigger the air fryer, the more you can cook at a time. These factors also affect the temperature and cooking time, so it is important to be flexible with any recipe you follow. Always be ready to experiment the first time you are cooking it.

Recipe 1 (Air Fryer Pork Roast and Potatoes) 



  • extra virgin olive oil
  • dried thyme
  • sweet potato
  • Boston butt
  • salt and pepper with any other seasoning you might prefer


First and foremost, we start with the roasted sweet potatoes to go with my air fryer pork roast. Peel your sweet potatoes and cut them into preferred shapes. Put the sliced sweet potato in a bowl and add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil with a tablespoon of dried thyme. Season your sweet potatoes with salt and pepper. Mix well and place in your air fryer basket. Preheat your air fryer to about 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for 10 minutes at 360 F, followed by a further 5 minutes at 400 F to get the roast potatoes nice and crispy.

This is a simple process. Start by scoring your pork with typical scoring squares. Then, season it well with salt and pepper. Seasoning of salt and pepper will make it magical, and it doesn’t need over-seasoning. Next, Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees F. If the model of your air fryer is, however, doesn’t have the automatic preheat feature enable like mine, switch it on 3 to 5 minutes before the cooking process.

Place the Boston butt in the basket of the air fryer basket. Close the fryer and cook perfect consistency and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the pork roast registers 150 degrees F, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip or turn the pork roast, then cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. When it is crispy, it is ready to be served. If you only have one air fryer, I recommend that you cook the pork roast first and while it is resting and you are slicing it, cook your sweet potatoes then.

Recipe 2 (Frozen Boston Butt)

Another interesting recipe to have at hand and experiment with is air fryer frozen pork roast.



  • Frozen Pork Shoulder
  • Olive Oil, while this isn’t compulsory, I strongly recommend it or any oil brand you use in cooking.
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper, You’re probably wondering where the other seasonings are; well, pork is a delicious cut of meat and only needs salt and pepper. But if you have a particular seasoning in mind, you are free to experiment.


Firstly you will preheat your air fryer to 200 F, but if the model of your air fryer is, however, doesn’t have the automatic preheat feature enable like mine, switch it on 3 to 5 minutes before the cooking process. Next is to keep the frozen pork in the air fryer basket and cook it for 30 minutes at 200F. You can see that we have gone with low cooking temperatures. The first helps defrost the pork at the same time as starting to cook it. We follow up with another 15 minutes at 320F. Finally, it is time to flip your Boston butt. Cook for another 10 minutes, and it is ready to be served.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you are all about healthy and quick food preparation, I strongly recommend you get yourself an air fryer if you don’t already have one. It makes delicious Boston butt in a fraction of the time. If you still don’t believe me, give it a try.

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