About Rockwood Charcoal

In the words of Jonathan Heslop, Owner,
The Saint Louis Charcoal Company LLC

Growing up in St. Louis and traveling the United States, I’ve sampled the best barbecue the country has to offer. Throughout my travels and tastings, one truth has always stood out: the best barbecue is incredibly simple.

Good barbecue is a delicate balancing act. You want to enjoy the full flavor of the meat, spices, and smoke without any taste overpowering another. Accomplishing this balance requires the highest graded local meats, superior spices and sauces, and the simplest cooking fuel available: charcoal.

Ten years ago while at the controls of a helicopter, I flew over charcoal kilns hidden deep in the Mark Twain Forest. Intrigued, I marked the spot on my GPS and decided to come back someday and find this elusive place. After a long trek, I successfully found the kilns and made it my mission to bring great charcoal back to St. Louis for my friends and family.

That’s how the Rockwood Charcoal story began.

At the Saint Louis Charcoal Company, we’re obsessed with quality and purity of our charcoal. Unlike chemical-laden briquettes, Rockwood Lump Charcoal is all-natural, made exclusively from Missouri hardwoods. Our wood is aged, kilned, and cooled for just the right amount of time to ensure consistent performance.

So go gourmet! Whether you have a traditional charcoal grill, a ceramic kamado, or a custom smoker, we know that once you try Rockwood, you’ll never need to try anything else.