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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Kingsford®

Original Charcoal

Since 1920, Kingsford® Original Charcoal has been the gold standard of grilling. Made in the USA* with 100% natural ingredients, including North American wood, Kingsford® Original gives BBQ lovers the smoky wood-fired flavor they crave. Our Original briquets are great for any grilling occasion. Whether you’re smoking a brisket, grilling up vegetables or firing up the grill at your next tailgate, Kingsford® Original delivers the best in authentic BBQ flavor. In fact, Kingsford® lights faster† than competitive brands, giving you the ultimate grilling experience — every time. Available in a variety of sizes, from 4-lb. to 2x20-lb. bags.

  • * With North American ingredients
  • † Compared to nationally available conventional charcoal in the U.S.A.


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

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Our Reviews


4.7 /5
3496 Reviews
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Size Not only have the 2 bag deals in my area went from 2 20lb bags for 20 bucks...now it's 2 16 lb bags for 17 and the briquettes are smaller.....Come on now Kingsford.. what gives????
Date published: 2023-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kingsford disappoints again Two years ago Kingsford came out with a new formula. It would not create or maintain a grilling temperature. It seemed as though they responded to complaints and in 2022, the product was good again. Now, my first purchase in 2023, which is not only suffering from shrinkflation (16 lb bags instead of 20lb) we’re back to heat not achieving high heat (450 plus) but when it gets to 400 degrees, it will not hold that temperature for even 15 minutes! Very disappointed and probably will not purchase again!!
Date published: 2023-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look No Further! As a guy who has been grilling 50+ years and has used many different brands and types of charcoal I can honestly say Kingsford Original charcoal briquettes represent the best quality and value available to “grillers” of any level of ability. Easy lighting, ready quick, consistent burns, hot or slow, and long lasting! If you know how to properly operate your grill, you wont find a better product! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2023-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best This is the way my food looks like while trying to cook the coals did not burn even I had to relite. I asked my wife to pickup some charcoal and that was what she brought smh
Date published: 2023-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even heat We use both, gas and charcoal grills. When we cook on our charcoal grill, Kingford is the only brand of charcoal we now use. The briquettes light quickly and retain their heat. We have also found that we don't need to use as much Kingsford charcoal as we did other brands. I think Kingsford is the best charcoal for even grilling and flavorful results.
Date published: 2023-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford original charcoal I absolutely love to cook out on the grill the food tastes better and it's good I love this brand in charcoal makes my food tàste awesome I highly recommend this brand
Date published: 2023-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Burns good We have been buying this product for years. It's very easy to use. You just open the bag and pour how much you want in to your charcoal grill. If you don't have a charcoal grill these work great in a homemade fire pit too. Then you squirt your charcoal lighter fluid over the charcoal and light it. Wait till it burns down a bit before adding your food. You get a good amount of charcoal in this bag. Everyone in our family loves the flavor the charcoal gives our food. You just can't beat the taste of a good charcoal burger. If you have never tried it before then you have been missing out.
Date published: 2023-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I have used these briquettes for a very long time. Recently the. last 2 bags i purchased wouldn’t stay lit. I don’t know if they changed something or not but never had this problem before.
Date published: 2023-04-02
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