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Air Fryer BBQ Pork Chops

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These Air Fryer BBQ Pork Chops are SO juicy and tender you’ll wonder why you ever made them any other way! Who knew Bone-In Pork Chops in the Air Fryer could be SO AMAZING.

Air Fryer Bone-In Pork Chops.

BBQ Bone-In Pork Chops start with a sweet and savory rub, then they’re partially roasted in the Air Fryer. And THEN they’re slathered in your favorite BBQ Sauce for a knock-out finishing touch!

Can you cook Barbecue Pork Chops in the Air Fryer?

The answer is a resounding YES! And they’re amazing. They’re not quite like grilled or smoked barbecue pork chops but they sure are tasty! My method involves a spice rub and your favorite barbecue sauce for the best flavor.

BBQ Pork Chops in the Air Fryer.

What do I need to make Air Fryer Bone-In Pork Chops?

One of the best things about these BBQ pork chops is that they don’t require ANYTHING special. You lean on pantry staples for the spice rub and you can use any BBQ sauce you like, yes even homemade!

One perfect bite of an Air Fryer Bone-In Pork Chop.

To Make these Air Fryer BBQ Pork Chops You Will Need:

  • an Air Fryer–I use and LOVE the Cosori 5.8 quart
  • parchment paper liners if you like them, they aren’t necessary though!
  • 1-1 1/4 pounds bone-in pork chops
  • paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper
  • brown sugar
  • light olive oil
  • tongs
  • barbecue sauce
  • pastry brush

If you want to make these fabulous pork chops in the oven try my recipe for Oven BBQ Pork Chops, you won’t be sorry!

Pork Chops and Rub ingredients for  BBQ Bone-In Pork Chops in the air fryer.

FAQs About Cooking Bone-In Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

Can you cook bone-in pork chops in the air fryer?

You can! They aren’t as FAST to cook as boneless but they’re very tender which makes up it. From my personal experience bone-in cuts of meat take 3-4 minutes longer than their boneless counterparts.

How long do they take to cook?

That depends on the size of the chops and how thick they are. 4-6 ounce chops about 1 inch thick generally should be fully cooked in 14-16 minutes. And fully cooked means cooked to 145˚ on a meat thermometer and then left to rest for 3-5 minutes. Your chops may vary according to weight AND thickness so be ready to adjust cooking times as needed.

Should I turn them over when cooking?

In my opinion, you should turn pork chops over when cooking in the air fryer. It ensures cooking is taking place evenly.

What if all. my chops won’t fit in the air fryer at once? Can I stack them?

It’s better to cook in two batches if your chops are large and won’t fit in an even layer. To make the best pork chops the air should be able to circulate around the chops. You may need to cook in two batches, cooking one batch, then the second, and then in the last few minutes of cooking add the first batch back to rewarm them

Do I HAVE to preheat the Air Fryer?

YES! When you have a hot air fryer your food cooks more quickly.

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Brushing sauce on BBQ Pork Chops.
Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Bone-In BBQ Pork Chops

One perfect bite of an Air Fryer Bone-In Pork Chop.

Sweet and tangy barbecue rub pairs with your favorite barbecue sauce to make these Air Fryer Bone-In Barbecue Pork Chops a tantalizing dinner your whole family will enjoy~

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 1/4 pound bone-in pork chops, 4 chops
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Barbecue Sauce


  1. preheat the air fryer at 400˚ for 5 minutes
  2. pat pork chops dry
  3. put oil in shallow bowl or pan
  4. mix the remaining ingredients together
  5. dip each chop in the oil
  6. the rub over with the spice mixture
  7. place in the air fryer basket
  8. cook at 390˚ for cook for 5-8 minutes
  9. or until a meat thermometer reads 135°
  10. once it hits 135˚ brush the tops with half the barbecue sauce
  11. cook 1-2 minutes, flip and brush with the remaining barbecue sauce, cook again for 1-2 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 145˚
  12. allow pork chops to rest 5 minutes before serving

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 chop

Amount Per Serving Calories 414Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 119mgSodium 536mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 37g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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