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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Easy Gluten-Free Smoky Ranch Grilled Chicken Recipe

Smoked Paprika, or pimenton, is one of our favorite secret weapons, any time we want that deep, rich pepper flavor that’s reminiscent of bacon and outdoor barbecue. Shake it on chicken with Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning mix and throw it on the grill. Our Easy Gluten-Free Smoky Ranch Grilled Chicken recipe packs a ton of punch with little effort.

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Light Kingsford® charcoal according to package directions and arrange your coals for direct and indirect cooking. Build a fire in the grill leaving one side free of coals. When the coals are covered with gray ash and the temperature is medium (you can hold your hand over it from 5–7 seconds), the grill is ready.


While the grill is heating, rub olive oil all over the chicken pieces and season with the ranch seasoning mix and smoked paprika.


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 to 20 minutes more, until the temperature is 155°F and no longer pink inside.


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

Cooking for 6 people


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

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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