Air Fry BBQ Pork Chops are juicy and tender boneless pork chops that are cooked to perfection in just 9 minutes! These BBQ pork chops are a breeze to make and are perfect for any occasion!
If I didn’t already love my air fryer, cooking pork chops in it would have definitely made me a believer! These air fryer BBQ pork chops turn out perfectly tender and juicy every time!
When I bake pork chops in the oven, I always worry about them drying out. But with the air fryer, that’s never a concern. They come out perfectly cooked and delicious!
This BBQ pork chop recipe is fantastic because it’s easy to prepare, with simple instructions and a quick cooking time, making it ideal for weeknight dinners!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Boneless pork chops – fresh, not frozen, and approximately 1/2 inch thick
- Olive oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil brings out the meat’s flavor when cooking.
- Brown Sugar – adds a touch of sweetness that pairs perfectly with pork.
- Spices – you’ll need chili powder, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and salt.
- Barbecue sauce – We have a great recipe for homemade BBQ sauce, or you can use your favorite brand!
We use a Cosori 5.8 Qt air fryer for all of our air fryer recipes.
How Long Does It Take Pork Chops to Cook in the Air Fryer?
Here are some general guidelines for cooking pork chops in the air fryer. However, keep in mind that air fryers can vary. Always use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
- 1/2 inch thick – 9 minutes
- 1 inch thick – 10-11 minutes
- 1.5 – 2 inches thick – 11-13 minutes
- Bone-in pork chops – Our times are based on boneless pork chops. Bone-in pork chops take slightly longer to cook, so add 1 minute to the cooking time.
What Temperature Do I Cook Air Fried Pork Chops?
For fresh, not frozen, BBQ pork chops, cook them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 minutes.
However, as we mentioned earlier, each air fryer is different. The temperature should always be 375 degrees F, but the cooking time may vary. Make sure to check the internal temperature of your pork chops before serving. It should reach 145 degrees F.
How Can You Tell If Pork Chops Are Done?
There are three ways to determine if your air fryer pork chops are done.
Thermometer – This is the best and most reliable method. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the thickest part of the meat. The temperature should be 145 degrees F. If you’re cooking bone-in pork chops, make sure the thermometer doesn’t touch the bone to avoid false readings.
Touch – A fully cooked pork chop should feel firm but not hard, with a slight give. If it feels hard with no give, it’s overdone.
Test cut – Cut a small slice into the center of one of the chops. The juices should run clear, and the meat should have a white color (a hint of pink is fine). This method is less preferred as the juices can continue to leak out. If you need to cook the chops for longer, those juices are important, and losing too much can result in a dry pork chop.
What Goes With BBQ Pork Chops?
Almost anything pairs well with air fryer BBQ pork chops. You have your classics like mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, and corn on the cob, but you can also try something different. Here are a few suggestions based on where you’re serving your pork chops.
Family meal: Try our Instant Pot Boston Baked Beans, air fryer sweet potato fries, or Instant Pot sweet potatoes, and jalapeno cheddar cornbread.
Backyard BBQ: You may want to try our classic macaroni salad, mustard potato salad, and easy cowboy caviar.
Whatever you decide, these easy BBQ pork chops will be a hit!
Looking for More Pork Chop Recipes?
- Air Fryer Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
- Sheet Pan Spicy BBQ Pork Chops and Potatoes
- Baked Ranch Pork Chops
- Instant Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy
- Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops
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