Let me tell you about this amazing recipe for the Best Damn Air Fryer Pork Chops. These chops are incredibly juicy, tender, and delicious. I guarantee they will become your favorite air fryer recipe in no time. With just a few simple ingredients and a short cooking time of 12 minutes, you can enjoy these mouthwatering pork chops any day of the week.
Why Use the Air Fryer?
First of all, let me say how much I love my air fryer. I’ve tried many kitchen gadgets over the years, but my air fryer and Instant Pot are my top two favorites. You might also hear me rave about my George Foreman Grill, but that’s a topic for another day. What makes the air fryer special is that it’s not your typical frying method. It’s more like a rapid cook oven or broiler. Plus, there are times when I don’t want to heat up the house by using the regular oven. And guess what? This pork chop recipe turns out best in the air fryer!
Choosing the Perfect Pork Chops
When it comes to the air fryer, the best pork chops are thick, center-cut, bone-in chops. I always aim for chops that are about 1 ½ to 2 inches thick. The reason I prefer thicker chops is that they develop a beautiful char on all sides during the cooking process. Thin pork chops cook too quickly and don’t get that lovely char. Thick pork chops need around 12 minutes of cooking time. With the rub we’ll use in this recipe, you’ll achieve that irresistible char that enhances the flavor of the chops.
Creating the Rub
Instead of breading the pork chops, we’ll be making a flavorful rub seasoning to enhance their taste. The rub is simple but incredibly tasty. We’ll combine brown sugar, paprika, ground mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Once mixed, generously apply the rub to the rinsed, dried, and lightly coated chops with olive oil. Don’t skip the step of rinsing the pork chops and patting them dry with a paper towel – it’s crucial for the best results.
Preheating the Air Fryer
Before you start cooking, remember that preheating the air fryer is essential. Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let it preheat for 5 minutes. Once it’s ready, place the pork chops in the air fryer and cook them for 12 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
Once the pork chops are done cooking, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest on a plate for a couple of minutes. This resting time allows the flavors to settle and the juices to redistribute within the meat. Get ready to slice the chops into thin pieces and savor each bite. You’ll enjoy the heavenly combination of seasoned juice and perfectly cooked pork in every forkful.
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