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 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.
  • *Compared to other charcoal brands.
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3519 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only charcoal I use! This charcoal burns well and does not create very much mess! I love using this charcoal on my large charcoal grill. I use the snake method as well as other common charcoal set ups to get the best coverage for cooking food!
Date published: 2023-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All I use These are the only charcoal briquettes that I use. The work wonderfully and add so much delicious flavor to grilled food. They are easy to light and stay lit. I will recommend to anyone!
Date published: 2023-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dont leave it to burn out This is a great charcoal for cooking out with it last a long time.and the meat has time to cook in it juicesand has agreat tast not easy to burn and it dont burn fast
Date published: 2023-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I don’t like to bother with any of the fancy or generic charcoals. This is the tried and true classic. It was the same one we used as I was growing up and it's just as the saying goes: if it's not broke, don't fix it.
Date published: 2023-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best I love kingsford charcoal they are very easy to light they be ready to use in about 15 minutes and they burns for a long time and it doesn’t take a lot when using them. I’ve tried others to save money, but I always go back to kingsford it’s no other like them. They are well worth your money.
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works It works good for the price . Plus you can find it anywhere. It doesn’t make the food taste funny so that’s a plus. I would recommend it for anyone that likes to gril
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets the job done! Kingsford Original Charcoal is a great brand to use for cooking out. The charcoal lights up really easy and stays lit long enough and hot to get your food cooked!
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's the best one to use always and forever ❤️ I love this brand this is the o lyrics one I use it last a long time if you know what you're doing with it a lot of people don't know if they never bbq before!
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Classic charcoal for everyday drilling. I have been using this for yrs. Works the best and longest. Don’t cheap out on other charcoal. I use it twice a week.
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go to charcoal I use my gas grill never, I like my my Coleman grill much better and kingsford charcoal does the trick. Charcoal is was going make a better burger than gas
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great We are added grillers and Kingsford charcoal is the way to go. I grew up using this charcoal and now we are teaching our son to use this charcoal. I highly recommend it. 
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for BBQ Used Kingsford for my charcoal grill and works everytime. Keeps my grill nice and warm without causing too much of a smokey taste on my food. I recommend all the time.
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number 1 Of course this is probably the most used charcoal but I have never had any issues with the charcoal. Sometimes I can use it twice but that’s only sometimes.
Date published: 2023-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Terrible smell It’s not that greatest because when it burns it smells terrible if you get the stuff that’s more natural and has zero chemicals it also makes the good taste way better
Date published: 2023-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff! My husband swears by this charcoal, he refuses to use the off brand & says that it doesn’t cook as well! I will continue to buy this brand for our grilling!
Date published: 2023-08-21
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