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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Original Charcoal

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  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Ready to cook on in 15 minutes
  • Long burn time*

Since 1920, Kingsford® Original Charcoal has been the gold standard of grilling. Made in the USA with North American ingredients. With 100% natural ingredients, 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.

† Compared to nationally available conventional charcoal in the U.S.A.
  • *Compared to other charcoal brands.
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4102 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pass it on.... You just can't beat Kingsford for dependability!! Lights every time with a little Kingsford lighter fluid, of course. The flavor it creates is unbeatable. Burns evenly and distributes heat evenly. I am forever loyal to the Kingsford brand.
Date published: 2024-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Charcoal out there You can't go wrong with Kingsford Original Charcoal for your pit. It stays lit and does not burn off like the cheap charcoal does. The flavor is so tasty and my burgers have never tasted so good!
Date published: 2024-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality charcoal. This is what we always use for years now. It has very good quality charcoal. It burns up pretty quick but last longer than any other brand. It is also very easy to distribute the heat.
Date published: 2024-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford Highest quality charcoal on the market. Good price. It’s easy to use, light, & clean up. Perfect for summer barbecue & grill time with family and friends.
Date published: 2024-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good charcoal brand This charcoal consistently works very well. It is always available at your local stores. Its a little more expensive because of the brand name.
Date published: 2024-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great charcoal Great charcoal for a long lasting burn, my steaks always come out great, I don’t but any other brand because I have in the past and they all performed poorly:
Date published: 2024-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for your barbecue. Kingsford Original is the most reliable for lighting and burn time and the best value for the price. I like to buy the double pack so I have enough for a month of grilling in the summertime.
Date published: 2024-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made in the USA Kingsford charcoal briquettes have been used in my family since I was a child so of course I use them jow that I have my own family. They heat quickly and have a long burning performance. They are ready in 15 minutes.
Date published: 2024-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Preferred Charcoal is okay but sometimes I do have some issues getting it to light evenly which can be quite frustrating at times. Overall it is my preferred brand
Date published: 2024-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best quality for a great price The best charcoal for the price. Especially if you get it from Target where they regularly have it on sale, lol It burns very well without covering your meat with ash since it mostly has large chunks that burn for a longer time compared to the small pieces that turn into ash very fast. You need the lighter fluid for a better result for sure but once we were out of fluid and still were able to get a good fire with just using papers underneath the charcoal. We always have a big pack in the basement for the sunny days since we love bbq meals
Date published: 2024-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good stuff This trial makes the food taste good it’s easy to lie the burn time last for a long time it does produce a lot of ash production and the heat is very high. This is my go to recommend it!!
Date published: 2024-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The flavor of the meat is really good with using this it keeps the flavor also is easy to light up and throw away when done , burns for awhile overall good and the heat is eventually distributed
Date published: 2024-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best charcoal out there Kingsford is the best hands down. I've tried different charcoal and nothing works close to this. I love the flavor charcoal gives the meat as well. You knows it is really grilled. It last long and is super easy to light with fluid.
Date published: 2024-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended My favorite charcoal by far. It doesn’t leave any funky aftertaste. It lights easy with just a little fluid. It heats evenly and all the coals stay hot. Cooks food beautifully and lasts through the whole cook.
Date published: 2024-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great charcoal Very solid charcoal, I use it all the time, plus often big stores has discount for them. I prefer charcoal rather than gas bbq, makes a huge difference
Date published: 2024-06-04
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