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

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
3495 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lights the easiest out Lights the easiest out of the other charcoal bags that I’ve used in the past. Well priced
Date published: 2023-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trusted brand This charcoal has been a grilling staple in my family since I was a child. The charcoal heats quickly and our burgers always end up cooked to perfection.
Date published: 2023-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried and True My family has used this particular brand of charcoal for as long as I can remember. It lights easily for a great BBQ every time! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2023-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine product This is my husbands go to charcoal. We always have it on hand for those awesome BBQ's! Lights quickly and easily. Recommend!
Date published: 2023-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only charcoal we use. We have tried every brand that they have to bbq. We only use this. It works really well and the coals stay lit for a while after we are done cooking. Would recommend.
Date published: 2023-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oldie but Goody! I only use Kingsford when we grill during the summer months. Love the flavor it gives meat and vegetables. I would recommend this for any non gas grill.
Date published: 2023-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE BEST BRAND! If you need charcoal don’t trust any other brand for your family other than KINGSFORD! Nothing tastes or burns like it! You’ll know when you buy off brand because it’s going to taste like coal. This taste like you actually had a free burning fire with nothing but true coals. 🥰
Date published: 2023-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dad used this charcoal for years I’ve notice that this charcoal was my dads go to when it came to grilling. Recently I notice that he switched to another brand, I’m not sure why he did.
Date published: 2023-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charcoal What to say, what to say??? Kingsford Charcoal has been around since I can remember. We keep it stocked at our house. Easy to use. Doesn’t leave an after taste on food. I tried an off brand once and never again!
Date published: 2023-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford Original Charcoal Kingsford Original Charcoal is my favorite charcoal to use no matter what. It burns evenly and stays nice and hot. I love using a charcoal grill cause the taste is just way better I highly recommend
Date published: 2023-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford We use kingsford charcoal mostly every time we grill. It’s our go to. It’s a tad expensive, but it’s what we chose. We used it about a month ago. We highly recommend it.
Date published: 2023-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My go to I don't go for much other than this stuff. I use it in a chimney starter and it's always good. Mild flavor and never chemical-tasting.
Date published: 2022-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets the job done Great to use in little portable grill and also in the smoker. Easy to light. No weird taste. Easy to store. Great for the charcoal grill flavor
Date published: 2022-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well I use these every summer for BBQ, it worked well, takes while to light up but it lasted. It’s my to go charcoal for for BBQ
Date published: 2022-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes! This is the only charcoal my husband will use. It works great and lasts long and makes your food taste great! I recommend this!
Date published: 2022-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only one we use! This is the only charcoal that we have used for 10+ years! Anything other than the original gives me horrible heartburn, so I hope they never change it! We always keep a bag on hand no matter the season!
Date published: 2022-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gets the Job Done Nothing like some good ole Kingsford Original Charcoal to get your summer BBQ’s tight. They light easy and a little goes a long way. I definitely recommend them!!
Date published: 2022-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford charcoal What I like about Kingsford charcoal is it lights easily & it always have my barbecue tasting delicious. My entire family likes it & uses it. Great product
Date published: 2022-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Brand Kingsford original Charcoal has always been and will always be my families number one brand when having a cook out. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2022-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charcoal OG My husband loves to grill and when charcoal is needed, this is his go to. Kingsford doesn't take forever to get going in the chimney (unlike some others). You can get flavored varities but we opt to add our own wood chunks as desired.
Date published: 2022-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I use Kingsford Every Weekend My huband wrote this review “I use these every weekend. I barbecue a lot. Kingsford is the only one I use. It is the longest lasting brand. I would definitely recommend 10/10.”
Date published: 2022-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Doesn't Like a Good Barbecue?!? One of my favorite family times is us just barbecuing in the backyard. I think grilling makes the food just taste better! And who doesn't like enjoying a good ol' smore?! Choosing the correct coals really does matter and these are my favs. They are easy to light and actually stay lit. They are long lasting and definitely are great assistance when making that perfect burger or hot dog. A great product at a great price and will continue to buy.
Date published: 2022-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Nothing fancy you don’t have to reinvent the wheel but i buy this weekly! It does the job easy to light flavor is great cannot complain! I would recommend!
Date published: 2022-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kingsford Charcoal I have always purchased Kingsford Charcoal because of the quality. I recently purchased a bag for a cookout and I am sorry to tell you the quality was poor. It started fine but when the charcoal started to get white on the edges the heat was very poor. Not good when you have friends over.
Date published: 2022-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smells like summer We have used Kingsford as long as I can remember and it works great. We use other products with this charcoal to add flavor and help lighting and that is why I didn’t give it a 5 star review.
Date published: 2022-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hubby prefers it I don't do the grilling, I do the buying. These are really easy to light and my husband prefers this brand to pretty much all others
Date published: 2022-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good coal This is our go to brand for grilling. Burn evenly. Bag last us many grill meals. We love grilling all Summer long. Kingsford is the brand to go to for charcoal.
Date published: 2022-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Original and faithful! The only charcoal my fiancé will use in our charcoal grill. Very loyal, this burns well and evenly!
Date published: 2022-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still does job Great product I bought these but I had to buy lighter fluid to use them properly. I still have some left I think they burn well with other ones that are match light.
Date published: 2022-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Affordable Charcoal for family bbqs When Kingsford Charcoal goes on sale, my family and I stock up to get ready for those summer barbecues that we know we will be having! They last a decent amount of time when burned so we don’t have to go through the entire bag all at once!
Date published: 2022-07-14
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