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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Match Light® Charcoal

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  • Ready to cook on in 10 minutes

Kingsford® Match Light® Charcoal lights every time—guaranteed.* Because the briquets are infused with just the right amount of lighter fluid, they light instantly*, and stay lit with no lighter fluid needed. They light with just a match and are ready to cook on in 10 minutes — making them perfect for tailgates and other on-the-go events. And our Match Light® Charcoal is made with North American wood and the same quality ingredients as Kingsford® Original to deliver an authentic wood-fired BBQ flavor — instantly. Available in a variety of sizes, from 4-lb. to 2x16-lb. bags.

For best results, always close the bag tightly after use. Kingsford® Match Light® Charcoal should last 1–2 years in unopened bags stored in a cool, dry place. For best lighting results, partially used bags should be rolled tightly down to the level of the briquets in the bag and securely closed. Additionally, storing open or unopened bags in a cool, dry place will help maintain performance.

* When used as directed
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1401 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality for Bbq I use this Kingsford charcoal for grill and Bbq which burns hotter and longer than its original component. It also produces less ash and make the smoke cook out more natural flavor delicious.
Date published: 2024-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I like these charcoal. I do not have any problems with this product. They work great, light up super fast and stay on as well. It gave the food an amazing flavor. Highly recommended
Date published: 2024-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford charcoal Add more sizzle to your BBQ with Kingsford Match Light Instant Charcoal Briquettes, no lighter fluid needed. These grilling briquettes are Kingsfords fastest lighting charcoal and are ready in about 10 minutes. Each charcoal briquette contains just the right amount of lighter fluid and features Sure Fire Grooves which have more edges for fast lighting. Perfect for grilling with large groups, these charcoal briquettes are an easy way to make a meal an event. Choose Kingsford Match Light Charcoal for your next cookout.
Date published: 2024-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love catchlight charcoal whenever I Bbq! I am usually the one who bbqs and when I do, I use the Matchlight charcoal. I love how I don’t need fluid to light them and it’s super easy to get them started. They cook my food good and efficiently and the flavor is always very good. They are always my go to for a special occasion and for bbqs all year around.
Date published: 2024-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I love these coal. They don’t burn fast. Work great for me. I tried couple brands before but I end up with this kingsfoed Match light Charcoal is the best for me. Lights up easy and much faster than other one. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2024-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This light quickly and it burns for a long time. I really love this brand. It is a name brand you can trust. I recommend this to family snd friends. No complaints.
Date published: 2023-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Easy to use. Took these camping with us and they were a big hit. Took little time to heat up and had a great flavor with a great price tag. Will buy again
Date published: 2023-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work well These are great, they light up super fast and stay on well after turning them on. I would definitely recommend purchasing since they’re super convenient and quick to use.
Date published: 2023-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for get these Match light doesn’t need a lot to ignite this fire. Heat is every where with these bricks. Burns for a decent amount of time, unlike competitors.
Date published: 2023-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! This stuff works great when you need an extra boost to get a fire going or to cook on our charcoal grill. I have tried other brands and these definitely catch the quickest and best.
Date published: 2023-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Go To Great quick light quality! Very high priced! Heat distribution is even & burn time is more than enough to grill several food items & steaks. The flavor is more charcoal than the other products. Produces lots of ash.
Date published: 2023-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Match Light Does Not Work Bought two bags to take on vacation. Used within three days of purchase. Neither bag would even try to light. I had to go to the store and buy lighter fluid. Match light is false advertising. I can't believe all the reviews that say they had the same experience - wouldn't light.
Date published: 2023-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still needed fluid Bought the match light while on vacation in Florida I always buy this back home in Wisconsin I couldn’t get the charcoal to light with anything I even placed the the bag in there to try to spread the fire quickly and it didn’t
Date published: 2023-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still need lighter fluid Spend the extra money with the intent that the charcoal will light instantly, however, not the case, still need lighter fluid. We still keep buying it thinking we got a bad batch.
Date published: 2023-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consistently good Have used this product for a number of years..always deivers. The rare occasion where there was an issue lighting was in a bag that sat partially open for over a month…. Little harder to might but never needed fluid
Date published: 2023-06-22
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