How To Cook Pulled Pork In An Air Fryer

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How To Cook Pulled Pork In An Air Fryer For Delicious Sandwiches

Do you know how to cook Pulled Pork in air fryer? If you don’t, don’t worry. As usual, we’ve got you covered. In this post I am going to show you how to use your air fryer to make perfect pulled pork in a fraction of the time! This Air Fryer Pulled pork is tender, easy to whip up and juicy. There is no doubt in my mind that it’ll soon become your favorite recipe. Let’s get right to it!

Why Is This The Best Recipe For Pulled Pork In Air Fryer?

I’ve been playing around with the right combination of seasonings for a long time looking for the just right amount. Cooking it in an air fryer for just the right amount of time makes it so that it melts in your mouth, just like a perfectly cooked chicken wing. Putting this recipe together is simple, and it only takes a few minutes to clean it up. It is the FASTEST and easiest way to make pulled pork

Are There Any Seasonings You Need For This Air Fryer Pulled Pork Recipe?

There is no complicated seasoning, more a matter of finding just the right blending in just the right amounts. The seasonings used in this recipe are:

  • Salt & Pepper (Of Course)
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Brown Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

Should I Apply The Dry Rub To The Pork First, Then Refrigerate It?

If you decide to wrap the pork after seasoning it, make sure you wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and let it chill over night.

You can leave this step out if you do not have time to do so, and the pork is still tasty in either case.

I recommend allowing the pork to come to room temperature for 30-60 minutes before ateemping to cook it in the Air Fryer.


What Is The Quickest Way To “Pull” A Pork Shoulder?

There is a fast and easy way to break down the meat if you don’t want to wait until it is cool enough to pull.

You can use a food processor! The pork should be broken up into smaller chunks, placed in the food processor, and pulsed a few times. As it happens, this is the way my family loves their pork sandwich made.

Make sure you don’t pulse too many times in the food processor, or you’ll end up with mushy pork!

Which Cut Of Pork Is Best For Pulled Pork?

For this recipe, you will need a 3-4 pound cut of pork. You can choose a larger piece of pork, but since you will have to trim some of the fat off, you can just weigh it after trimming. You can freeze any leftover pork so you can cook it later if you have too much.

Also, whatever size pork you choose, you should ensure it fits in your air fryer basket.

Pork shoulder is almost always what I use, and I recommend that you do the same.

How Can This Be Served With Other Things Or How Can You Use Up Leftovers?

Whenever we make this, we serve it with a good salad or coleslaw. But if you want to serve this as a sandwich, you are free to do so with some fries or on its own.

It is also delicious as nachos when made with Tortilla Chips and cheese. Feel free to mix and match to come up with your favorite pairings.

How To Cook Pulled Pork In An Air Fryer

Recipe On How To Cook Pulled Pork In Air Fryer

Cook time: 2 ½ hours | Serves: 8| Per serving: Calories 537; Carbs 0.7g; Fat 35.5g; Protein 42.6g


  • Chili powder – 2 tbsps.
  • Garlic powder – 1 tsp.
  • Onion powder – ½ tsp.
  • Ground black pepper – ½ tsp.
  • Cumin – ½ tsp.
  • Pork shoulder – 1 (4-pound)


In a bowl, mix cumin, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder. Rub the spice mixture over the pork shoulder, patting it into the skin. Place the pork shoulder into the air fryer basket. Cook at 350F for 150 minutes. Shred the meat with forks and serve.

Air Fryer Sides That Pair Well With Pulled Pork

Zucchini Chips

Cook time: 1 hour |Serves: 6| Per serving: Calories 40; Carbs 3g; Fat 3g; Protein 7g


  • Zucchinis – 3, thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsps.
  • Balsamic vinegar – 2 tbsps.


Mix vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper and whisk well. Add zucchini slices and toss to coat. Cook in the air fryer at 200F for 1 hour. Shake once. Serve.

Banana Chips

Cook time: 15 minutes |Serves: 4| Per serving: Calories 121; Carbs 3g; Fat 1g; Protein 3g


  • Bananas – 4, peeled and sliced
  • Salt – 1 pinch
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp.
  • Chaat masala – ½ tsp.
  • Olive oil – 1 tsp.


In a bowl, mix banana slices with oil, chaat masala, turmeric, and salt. Toss and set aside for 10 minutes. Cook in the air fryer at 360F for 15 minutes. Flipping them once. Serve.

Potato Wedges

Cook time: 25 minutes |Serves: 4 | Per serving: Calories 171; Carbs 18g; Fat 8g; Protein 7g


  • Potatoes – 2, cut into wedges
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sour cream – 3 tbsps.
  • Sweet chili sauce – 2 tbsps.


In a bowl, mix potato wedges with oil, salt, and pepper. Toss well. Add to the air fryer basket and cook at 360F for 25 minutes. Flip once. Divide potato wedges onto plates. Drizzle chili sauce and sour cream all over and serve.

Creamy Potato

Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes |Serves: 2 | Per serving: Calories 172; Carbs 9g; Fat 5g; Protein 4g


  • Big potato – 1
  • Bacon strips – 2, cooked and chopped
  • Olive oil – 1 tsp.
  • Cheddar cheese – 1/3 cup, shredded
  • Green onions – 1 tbsp. chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Butter – 1 tbsp.
  • Heavy cream – 2 tbsps.


Rub potato with oil, season with salt and pepper. Place in the preheated air fryer and cook at 400F for 30 minutes. Flip the potato, and cook for 30 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board. Cool and slice in half lengthwise and scoop pulp in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, green onions, heavy cream, butter, cheese, and bacon. Stir well and stuff potato skins with this mix. Return the potato to the air fryer and cook it for 20 minutes at 400F. Divide among plates and serve.

Final Thoughts

This Air Fryer Pulled pork is tender, easy to whip up and juicy. There is no doubt in my mind that it’ll soon become your favorite recipe. Putting this recipe together is simple, and it only takes a few minutes to clean it up. It is the FASTEST and easiest way to make pulled pork.

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