An American Story

The history of grilling at Kingsford is a classic American story. It all started in 1919 when Edward G. Kingsford helped Henry Ford procure a stretch of timberland to supply wood for his auto plants.

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Kingsford® Preserve the Pit

Kingsford remains committed to celebrating Black barbecue culture by launching the second year of Preserve the Pit and doubling the investment in aspiring barbecue professionals.

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American Pride

An American-made company founded over 100 years ago, Kingsford has a lot to be proud of. Our employees have been continuing the family tradition in backyards across the nation.

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Charcoal with Mesquite

Enhance your favorite grilled foods with the bold smoky flavor of real mesquite wood. Kingsford® Charcoal with Mesquite is made with 100% natural ingredients and North American wood, and transforms beef and vegetables with authentic wood smoke taste. And like Kingsford® Original Charcoal, it lights fast and burns longer than competitive brands.* Available in a variety of sizes, from 4-lb. to 16-lb. bags.

* Compared to the leading store brand charcoal in the U.S.A.

100% natural ingredients
Ready to cook on in 15 minutes
Long burn time*
*Compared to other charcoal brands.
Made in the USA

Adventurous Eats

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Our Reviews

4.6 /5
169 Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Mesquite Flavor We love to grill out and we especially love grilling with our charcoal grill. I just prefer the flavor charcoal gives to grilled food. I think this product gives your burgers, chicken, pork chops, weiners, and ribs just the right amount of mesquite flavor. I don't care for the mesquite flavor on my vegetables though. This product is very easy to use. Just put the desired amount in your charcoal grill then squirt your lighter fluid and light. Let the charcoal burn down before adding your food or you will burn yourself. If you love the mesquite flavor then get yourself a bag of this.
Date published: 2023-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mmmm...Burgers I really like this charcoal. It lights really easy, doesn't smell like chemicals once it's burning. And, oh my gosh, it makes amazing tasting burgers!!
Date published: 2023-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome flavor My family has used the Mesquite flavored charcoal for the past 25 years now, but I have not been able to find it at ANY store for the last 6 months. WHAT HAPPEND? There are several other charcoal brands still producing and selling the mesquite, but not Kingsford. Please bring it back!!
Date published: 2021-09-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stinky Stuff I bought this a couple of months ago because I thought it was the same as the Mesquite we used to buy - it's not!!!! My husbands clothes smell so bad after he grills that it all has to go into the wash immediately or it smells up the whole house. It is a smell so bad that I cannot describe it adequately. Don't buy this stuff! Buy the regular charcoal and add your own flavors.
Date published: 2021-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was very easy It was very easy to unite and burned slowly so we could get all the flavor into our meats.
Date published: 2021-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is definitely my This is definitely my favorite charcoal, and the mesquite flavor is an amazing addition to any food. It's easy to light, and burns evenly. It does burn a little quick but you can get long-lasting ones as well. They pretty much have charcoal for any type of situation you could think of.
Date published: 2021-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one This is the one for chicken & burgers if you want the old time favor of wood smoke taste.
Date published: 2021-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely love this I absolutely love this brand plus the flavoring it gives while smoking the meat on the grill are amazing.
Date published: 2021-05-13
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