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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Easy Gluten-Free Smoky Ranch Grilled Chicken

This easy grilled chicken leg recipe packs a flavorful punch with Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® and Kingsford® Original Charcoal in the mix.

Cooking for 6 people


  • 4 lb. chicken pieces (whole legs preferred)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pkg. Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Seasoning Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix
  • 1.5 tsp. smoked paprika
  • barbecue sauce or Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing, for serving

1 Food Prep

  • Rub olive oil all over the chicken pieces and season with the Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Seasoning Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix and the smoked paprika.

2 Grill Prep

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Place the chicken pieces on the grill directly over the coals and cook for about 12–15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skin starts to crisp and darken.

  • Transfer the chicken pieces to the cooler side of the grill, and let them cook for 15–20 minutes more, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F on a digital meat thermometer, and is no longer pink inside.

  • Serve hot with barbecue sauce or Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing on the side.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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