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
1369 Reviews
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy light Loved how fast you could light the coals. Easy to use. Only use what you need or add what you one from the start, if you have to add more it will smell like lighter fluid for a bit. But still would use again
Date published: 2022-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it I have been using match light for years never had a problem lighting it. It is great.
Date published: 2022-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute garbage How does this company continue to put this product in stores, so deceiving. Tried lighting it for an hour, used paper towel and everything else to ignite the coals. Absolute garbage. Will never purchase this product again
Date published: 2022-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible I have three bags at my home. I kept buying giving it another chance. Again ruined our dinner. I’m so upset. Shame shame on them. I want my money back. Thanks for ruining three dinners. That almost 60 dollars I want my money!!!!!
Date published: 2022-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It won't light I used to use the regular charcoal, but decided to give this match light a try. It did not light at all. The bag has not been opened and it was stored in my cool garage. I stacked the briquettes and lit from the bottom corners. Absolutely nothing happened on either side. So of course I had no choice but to use lighter fluid. I hope my food doesnt taste like lighter fluid because if its already infused in the coal they should light right up and I should have to use lighter fluid. But nothing happened. I am highly disappointed!
Date published: 2022-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from would not light After years of using kingsford it has now become one of the worst "instant light" charcoals on the market. The past 4 bags purchased have never caught flame like they used to. EVERY SINGLE ONE has required the use of lighter fluid just like normal charcoal. I have to say the quality has definitely lost its touch over the past years. At one point I had even gone back to the grocery store for a store brand knock off that was way better. I kept going back to you, however you have continued to let me down. Its just another disappointment in what used to be a great brand. Sorry kingsford but you have now lost a loyal purchaser because of your product quality.
Date published: 2022-01-16
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