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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Grilled Ribeye

Grilling thick cut ribeye steaks to perfection is simple, fast and fit for every occasion.

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Discover the best ways to grill and smoke using Kingsford® Charcoal Briquets. We’ll show you how much charcoal you should be using to achieve the right grilling temperature, and techniques to use for different types of food. It’s easy — just follow along.

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1416 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get yours This charcoal is veryy nice and it lights so easily with just a match light or a piece of lighted paper thrown in it. The burn time is quick as it should to have a faster flame. I like how the ash becomes perfectly ready to be used to bbq and the good thing is that it does not have a bad smell.
Date published: 2024-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trash Match light is trash, thanks for saying no lighter fluid. Bought this product had a party of 60 people and match light doesn’t work. Unreal
Date published: 2024-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I am So Disappointed in this product. I’ve used this for years and within the past 6 months EVERY bag of match light I have bought from multiple stores will NOT light. It seems as if the product is not coated like it used to be.
Date published: 2024-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taste the meat and not the heat The best charcoal for my grilling adventures. It is pre soaked, so you don't have to buy lighter fluid. It burns more evenly than competitor brands, and food cooks faster. I've also noticed that my food tastes like food and not lighter fluid. I've bought other brands of pre soaked charcoa,l and the food has been ruined because the charcoal made it taste terrible. Match light does cost more but you get what you pay for.
Date published: 2024-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eliminate the use and taste of lighter fluid on your food. Use Kingsford Match Light Kingsford Match Light is the only charcoal we will use in our grill. It lights so easy and we don't have the taste of lighter fluid in our food. The coals last the whole time we are grilling and stays hot. I highly recommend
Date published: 2024-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lights easily and burns well! This charcoal lights so fast and easy! It burns for a long time providing great heat distribution. It produces a concentrated area of smoke and burns down to enable easy ash cleanup. I highly recommend!
Date published: 2024-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Luv it Love how it makes the flavor of bbq so yummy and delicious!!! It don’t take long to light and it keeps it heat. Love that it don’t have a bad odor after using it!
Date published: 2024-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy To Light Charcoal We always use the Kingsford match light charcoal in our charcoal grill. We keep it on hand for whenever we decided we want to grill. You don’t need any lighter fluid, the charcoal lights with just a match and is usually ready in about 10-15 minutes, it is guaranteed to light and works alot better than cheaper off brand charcoal. We do alot of grilling in the summer and I like the smoky flavor that charcoal provides and I love that it’s made in the USA 🇺🇸
Date published: 2024-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All we use! This is the only kind of charcoal we use at our house. We have tried other brands but they don’t run as good. Plus being able to light these with a match is great! So many times we have not had lighter fluid on hand. Would recommend!
Date published: 2024-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Kingsford Match Light charcoal is what my family uses when we like to grill out at the park. It lights fast and dependably, and is much more user friendly than using lighter fluid and regular charcoal. Though we don’t use it often, it is a staple. Heats evenly.
Date published: 2024-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good coals! This is honestly the only charcoal we like to use and it has to be the match light kind because seriously nothing else will light or takes too much additive to get it going.
Date published: 2024-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford Match Light Charcoal is the Best! I'll always grab for a Kingsford bag of charcoal over anything else! This Match Light Charcoal is very easy to use! It starts with 1 match every time and has a perfect burn time for everything I'm cooking! The ash cleanup is as easy as starting this charcoal..... simple, easy and effortless! I prefer charcoal over gas any day! I always recommend Kingsford Charcoal!
Date published: 2024-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Catches Great Kingsford Match Light Charcoal is good. It catches quickly, sometimes you have to add a little more fluid but they burn pretty quickly and put out a lot of heat. The cleanup is to me the same as if I had to use regular charcoal, ash is ash and it has to be cleaned up! The best thing’s about these are they are one stop shop! But sometimes you need just a little more lighter fluid!
Date published: 2024-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it for winter time Good products help speed up process of fire. This has been the products I have been using for years since I was a kid and will continue to use. This has brought back many memories for me.
Date published: 2024-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best brand, quality cooking I love this brand of charcoal, it makes my smoked meat and grilled meat cook to perfection. I love this brand and I believe it’s superior to the other brands
Date published: 2024-03-09
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