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The Kingsford logo
Product type Charcoal
Owner The Clorox Company
Country U.S.
Introduced 1920s
Website kingsford.com

Kingsford is a brand of charcoal used for grilling, along with related products. The brand is owned by The Clorox Company.

The Kingsford Company was formed by Henry Ford and E.G. Kingsford during the early 1920s. Charcoal was developed from Ford Motor Company's factory waste wood scrap. The Kingsford Company was formed when E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Ford's, brokered the site selection for Ford's new charcoal manufacturing plant. The company, originally called Ford Charcoal, was renamed in E.G.’s honor.

Kingsford Charcoal is made from charred softwoods, pine, spruce etc. then mixed with ground coal and other ingredients to make a charcoal briquette. As of August 2000, Kingsford Charcoal contains the following ingredients:[1]

Today, the Kingsford Products Company remains the leading manufacturer of charcoal in the US, enjoying 80 percent market share. More than 1 million tons of wood scraps are converted into charcoal briquets annually.[2]


In the early 1920s, Ford had a large plant in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; to be exact, Kingsford, a town named after Henry Ford's cousin. Henry Ford was always looking for new ways to combine resources. One day as the Model T cars were coming off the assembly line, Ford noticed many wood scraps being discarded. He proposed that all wood scraps were to be sent to his chemical building to be made into charcoal. The Kingsford High School sports teams are named the Kingsford Flivvers, with their mascot a Ford Model T.


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New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:11:15 -0700

They renamed it Kingsford Charcoal and persuaded the major supermarket chains to carry it. By 1963, barbecues, like cars, were icons of American leisure. As an article in Reader's Digest observed, “Cooking with charcoal . . . is now as deeply ingrained ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 17:58:40 -0700

It's that time of year – tailgating season, and Chris Lilly, Corporate Pitmaster for Kingsford® Charcoal took a break from his duties to talk shop with Shaun Bijani and me. Chris also serves as Vice President of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur ...

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:44:00 -0700

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Press-Register - al.com
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:08:11 -0700

He is a national spokesperson for Kingsford charcoal, author of the book "Fire & Smoke: A Pitmaster's Secrets" and talked barbecue on TV shows from NBC's "Today" to ESPN's "College GameDay." "I'm the flunky," McLemore says. "Chris is the main man.".


San Francisco Business Times (blog)
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:14:48 -0700

Clorox, with 8,200 employees and $5.6 billion in annual sales, punches above its weight class given the strength of its diverse product line that includes Glad bags and containers, Hidden Valley Ranch dressings, Brita filters, Kingsford charcoal, Burt ...


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:38:23 -0700

While in New York, Clint organized the competitive BBQ team “SmokeInDaEye” that caught the attention of Kingsford Charcoal. The company hired him to help develop and edit the blog grilling.com. A part time job he still does today. By career, Clint owns ...


Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:17:06 -0700

My favorite was “Tailgate Week … presented by Kingsford Charcoal” — which was always wedged early into the season in a ham-fisted attempt to push sponsorship in a way that couldn't have felt less organic. Had those fans known how Saturday would play ...
The Daily Advertiser
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:26:15 -0700

Meat is cooked on homemade barrel pits, over a flame fueled by Kingsford Charcoal bought at the grocery store. If the fire flares up, pitmaster Michael Miller simply sprinkles it with a little water from an old soda bottle. Miller's assortment of ...

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