Crispy and Quick, Guilt-free Air Fried Shredded Pork

Shredded pork has been a staple in American cuisine for centuries, with variations of the dish appearing in different regions of the country. It is believed to have originated from the southern states, where pork was a popular meat due to its affordability and versatility. Traditional methods of cooking shredded pork involve slow roasting or smoking the meat, but with the rise of air fryers, a quicker and easier method has emerged.

Air Fryer Shredded Pork

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: MainCuisine: American
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A quick and easy way to make flavorful and crispy shredded pork using an air fryer.


  • 1 pound shredded pork

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together 1 pound of shredded pork, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • Place the seasoned pork in the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • While the pork is cooking, mix together 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and 1 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl.
  • After 10 minutes, brush the BBQ sauce mixture onto the pork and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the pork is crispy and the sauce is caramelized.
  • Remove the pork from the air fryer and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Optional: Serve the shredded pork on buns with coleslaw for a delicious pulled pork sandwich.


  • If your air fryer is smaller, you may need to cook the pork in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  • Adjust seasoning and cooking time to your personal preference.
  • Leftover shredded pork can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for later use.

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