Cooking a pork roast is one of those things that graduate you from homecoming noob to pro.
This is a hearty, demanding dish that you must get exactly right to get a moist and flavorful roast.
And sure, to make a pork roast, you can go the traditional way and use the oven — it will take hours, though, and you know me, I’m lazy.
In this post, you’ll find an easy recipe for pork roast cooked from start to finish in an air fryer. Yes, it can be done.
To make pork roast, you need a big chunk of meat, whether roast, butt, chuck or shoulder. These cuts are often tough, but that’s why you cook them low and slow — in this case, a bit faster, of course.
Make sure you buy the meat of the right size depending on your air fryer’s capacity. All appliances are different, but I make a two-pound roast.
You’ll also need to rub the bad boy to give it a flavorful crust. Traditionally, that means your favorite herbs and spices.
For me, that’s dried thyme and oregano, ground mustard seeds and brown sugar. You’ll also need some olive oil to make everything stick.
The rest is easy. Read your air fryer’s instruction manual and cook the roast as needed. For me, that’s 10 minutes at high heat to create a crust and about an hour at a lower temperature to cook it through.
You might need to sear the meat before adding it to your air fryer, which is pretty easy as well.
Pork roast is comfort food with a special occasion feel. Think of roasted baby potatoes, sweet potato fries (which you can also make in the air fryer) or deep-fried cauliflower. You want starchy sides but also a few veggies. Don’t skip the veggies!
In a bowl, combine the honey, olive oil, thyme, oregano, mustard salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
Pat the pork roast dry and rub with the honey-oil mixture.
Place the pork and air-fry according to your appliance’s instructions. Usually at 400°F for 10 minutes, then at 350°F for 45-60 minutes. Check the pork’s core temperature with a meat thermometer aiming at 145°F at its thickest part.