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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3813 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The # Brand This is the only brand I've ever used due to that's all my family use. The burn time, lighting, ash production, and heat distribution are always A1. This charcoal is the one to use
Date published: 2024-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use. This is great to use for grilling. It doesn't cost that much to pick up a bag either. It can get pretty messy, though. I recommend wearing some form of gloves.
Date published: 2024-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only charcoal i.use Great chaecoal igrill yearrlimd and use this brand its easy. to light and a great price several usss are in.each bag big.of a grill you have
Date published: 2024-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hangout It's a bit hard to light up, but once it's lit, we are good. Gives our food that extra flavor. Grilling our food with charcoal was cool and a nice way to hang around with loved ones.
Date published: 2024-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charcoal I use this and the match light. This is great, I put a little fluid on it and she lights right up. Makes cooking on the grill easy and fun. Nothing like grilled food, the taste is amazing. Recommend this product
Date published: 2024-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Burns long with low ash Kingsford is my favorite brand of charcoal. We use this weekly grilling Spring through Fall. The burn time is long and it cooks all of our food evenly. I like how the ash production is low. We buy the original kind and there is no scent left or taste difference on our food. I highly recommend this charcoal.
Date published: 2024-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Multiuse charcoal Kingsford Original Charcoal offers a versatile solution for fireplace use, providing consistent heat and reliable performance. While primarily known for grilling, this charcoal variant proves equally effective for indoor fireplaces, delivering a warm and cozy ambiance. Its easy lighting and minimal smoke production make it a convenient choice for indoor use. Although not specifically designed for fireplaces, Kingsford Original Charcoal serves as a dependable option for those seeking a convenient and efficient fuel source for their indoor heating needs.
Date published: 2024-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trust me, once you try it, you'll never go back to anything else Let me tell you about the Kingsford Original Charcoal – it's an absolute game-changer for any barbecue enthusiast! First off, the quality is top-notch. It ignites quickly and evenly, ensuring a consistent heat that's perfect for grilling. The aroma it infuses into your food is downright heavenly, giving your meats and veggies that irresistible smoky flavor that everyone loves. Plus, it burns nice and hot, allowing you to sear your steaks to perfection while still maintaining control over the cooking process. And let's not forget about the longevity – this stuff lasts for hours, so you can keep the party going without constantly worrying about refueling. Overall, Kingsford Original Charcoal is a must-have for any backyard chef looking to elevate their grilling game. Trust me, once you try it, you'll never go back to anything else
Date published: 2024-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good charcoal This charcoal makes a great steak. The flavor it adds to the smoked meat is nostalgic and a taste from simpler times. Burns evenly and easy to light.
Date published: 2024-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best option Easy to light. Burns for a while. Good price for the size and number of coal. Good flavor meats. Doesn’t produce a lot of ash. The heat distribution is good
Date published: 2024-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Staple Looking forward to grilling as soon as we can, I always grab Kingsford charcoal. Easy to light and always get even heat distribution, no heavy charcoal flavor to alter the lighter foods we cooking, long lasting charcoals make cooking easier with no worries of losing heat.
Date published: 2024-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best taste ever Kingsford Original Charcoal is a game-changer for grilling enthusiasts. Its consistent quality and long-lasting burn make it my go-to choice for barbecues. The briquettes ignite quickly, producing a steady, even heat that ensures perfectly grilled food every time. The distinct aroma enhances the overall grilling experience, making Kingsford Original Charcoal a reliable and flavorful option. Whether you're a seasoned grill master or a weekend barbecue enthusiast, this charcoal delivers outstanding results, making it a must-have for any backyard cookout.
Date published: 2024-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good easy to find and affordable This is our average charcoal go to, easy to fjnd at any store and never fails, I say average because I still use other woods for flavor enhancing but it does what is supposed to do, affordable and never fails.
Date published: 2024-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cant go wrong! Can’t beat the classic!! Adds excellent flavor when using to smoke or grill! Lasts a long time and always gives us the perfect amount of heat! It’s a tried and true for a reason!
Date published: 2024-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick and easy! Quick and easy! Burns evenly, easy to light, and last a long time. It gives you a charcoal taste, no chemical taste at all. The only charcoal I will ever use!
Date published: 2024-02-14
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