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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Kingsford® Signature Flavors

Signature Flavors infuse your grilling experience with rich, full-bodied flavor and aroma that’s been known to cause some serious neighbor envy.

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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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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®

Match Light® Charcoal

Kingsford® Match Light® Charcoal lights every time—guaranteed.* Because the briquets are infused with just the right amount of lighter fluid, they light instantly*, and stay lit with no lighter fluid needed. They light with just a match and are ready to cook on in 10 minutes — making them perfect for tailgates and other on-the-go events. And our Match Light® Charcoal is made with North American wood and the same quality ingredients as Kingsford® Original to deliver an authentic wood-fired BBQ flavor — instantly. Available in a variety of sizes, from 4-lb. to 2x16-lb. bags.

For best results, always close the bag tightly after use. Kingsford® Match Light® Charcoal should last 1–2 years in unopened bags stored in a cool, dry place. For best lighting results, partially used bags should be rolled tightly down to the level of the briquets in the bag and securely closed. Additionally, storing open or unopened bags in a cool, dry place will help maintain performance.

* When used as directed



No lighter fluid needed
Ready to cook on in 10 minutes

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Our Reviews


4.1 /5
1375 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsford Match Light What I love about these charcoal is that you don't need lighter fluid to get these babies going. They are already drenched in fluid so just light and watch them do their thing. Great barbeques year round for me. Happy grilling.
Date published: 2022-09-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DOESN'T LIGHT! I tried everything including applying a lighter directly to the charcoal would not light. What a waste of $10. I'll stick with the store brand from now on.
Date published: 2022-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from You had one job... The whole concept of match-light charcoal would mean that one doesn't have to use anything but a match to light it, right? Apparently not this stuff, where marketing must have gotten a bit too confident for the development team to back up that claim. A half pack of matches, a good 3 minutes of a hand lighter, and a few fistfuls of newspaper were wholly insufficient to generate even the slightest flame from these dudes. It should be noted, this was a just-opened package. Oh, you say the charcoal needs to be stored inside, per the useless YouTube tutorial? Great, except a) I'm not storing anything this supposedly flammable in my house, and b) that advice is nowhere on the bag. Prospective buyer, do yourself a favor: get a gas grill or a chimney and some real charcoal. If you're going to spend a half hour prepping a grill, may as well make it worth it.
Date published: 2022-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONLY CHARCOAL TO USE! This is how to start it, never have I had a problem starting this charcoal. Take a small mini propane tank (find at Walmart)with a torch that lights with a click of a button. Bam! that's it! Lights it and never have problems with it staying lit or going out!
Date published: 2022-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't light I just bought a bag of match light because the coals I started with by Kingsford didn't all burn and the meat I was cooking needed more time on the grill. I started with a clean grill and piled them, and went to light them and nothing happened. I tried many times if one lit it wouldn't spread, and would go out. Don't waste your money.
Date published: 2022-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Match Light is horrible charcoal Oh sure it lights without lighter fluid however they go out as soon as the lighter fluid is gone. They do not even burn all the way through. Very disappointing as this use to be a good product. I will never ever buy again.
Date published: 2022-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Would not light Always use a chimney to light my charcoal. And tried match light, would not light. Had to spray it down with charcoal lighter to get it to ignite
Date published: 2022-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Bought 2 bags and they did not light up Had to make my burgers inside
Date published: 2022-06-30
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