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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Spanish Bocadillos

Made with serrano ham and manchego cheese, this recipe is inspired by the bocadillos served in cafes and tapas bars in Spain. Grill up these delicious bocadillos in as little as 30 minutes.

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Cooking for 4 people


  • 8 slices sourdough bread, ½-inch thick
  • 12 thin slices serrano ham
  • 8 slices ripe tomato, cut ¼-inch thick
  • 4 thin slices Manchego cheese
  • 2.5 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Food Prep

Lay half of your bread slices down on a prep surface. Top each with 2 slices of ham, followed by 2 slices of tomato, 1 slice of cheese and the remaining ham. Spread mustard over the remaining bread slices and top the sandwiches, mustard side down.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Original Charcoal Briquets

Method: Two-Zone Method

Temp: 375°F (Medium Heat)

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.

  • Brush the outside of your sandwiches with olive oil. Place your sandwiches onto the grill gently and top with a weight (a cast iron pan works well, or another heavy pan with a big rock or brick). 

  • Cook your sandwiches for about 2 minutes, then flip and grill for 2–3 minutes more, taking care not to burn the bread. The cheese should be melted and the bread nicely toasted. 

  • Remove your bocadillos from the grill, cut them in half and serve immediately. Enjoy!

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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