Cowboy 8.8 Lb Hardwood Lump Charcoal

Item no: 8129520 | 754087232884
$9.99
100  Estimated 
Size : 8.8 LB
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  • Charcoal Type: Hardwood
  • Product Type: Lump Charcoal
  • Size: 8.8 lb.
  • Lighter Fluid Required: No


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ACE HARDWARECowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves grill function (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Fast lighting (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indirect cooking (5)
  • Large gatherings (5)
  • Barbeque (4)
  • Small gatherings (4)
  • For self/couple (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Grilling enthusiast (13)
    • I Am A:
    • Family older kids (8), Single male (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Coals Overall

Have been grilling/smoking appx. 5 days a week year around for the last 3 years, Cowboy Lump Charcoal is the best I have used.
Matchlight, Generics, nothing is quicker or...Read complete review

Have been grilling/smoking appx. 5 days a week year around for the last 3 years, Cowboy Lump Charcoal is the best I have used.
Matchlight, Generics, nothing is quicker or easier, weather it is used with lighter fluid, or in a chimney, it is ready to use in 15 mins. and the stuff burns HOT! a little goes a long way, and the taste of the food is AMAZING! A definite must have for beginners and "charcoal commandos".

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not A Particularly Quality Lump Charcoal

Cannot recommend. I'll rate it 5 on a scale of 1-10 for 3 Stars.

I have never had much of any positive experiences using this particular brand lump...Read complete review

Cannot recommend. I'll rate it 5 on a scale of 1-10 for 3 Stars.

I have never had much of any positive experiences using this particular brand lump charcoal.

A good lump charcoal should not have a significant amount of small pieces (less than approx. 1 1/4 inches in diameter) nor, particularly large pieces (greater than approx. 3 1/2 inches).

Lots of smaller pieces and I've had a few larger than the size of my fist. Some of this can be expected of coarse but not to the extent of roughly combined 45 percent very small and very large pieces.

The brand typically has considerable small pieces (about 35% on average), a few large pieces (approximently 10% on average) with the balance 55% optimum usable product (size).

This product snaps and pops more than any lump charcoal that I have used, particularly during initial stages of burn.

The burn time is average. And, could be improved with better size pieces provided during production. Wood used and the production process implemented are the primary contributing factors attributed to burn time.

Occasionally you will find a rock or two in these bags. I have also found tree limb pieces that are only slightly chared. Once I discovered a piece of plywood. You do not want plywood glue as part of your cooking experiences.

"New" bags now advertise "Now, Lasts Longer". My experiences, lighting well and good heat production are it's only favorable attributes. Same average burn times here.

Gave Cowboy another shot and again was proven to be an inferior product for barbecuing and smoking use. Same size and burning irregularities, quite a bit of dust.

Though it is reasonably priced, I do not consider Cowboy brand a bargain and would be willing to spend three or four more dollars more for a quality product available for use.

Useful for grilling in a pinch I suppose. There are better alternatives out there superior to this brand of charcoal.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lights quickly, burns long

By matsci

from Santa Ana, CA

About Me Grilling Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

I had never heard of this brand before trying it at Ace and I was very pleased. No need for lighter fluid, just put it in a canister with a bit of newspaper and off it goes. But, even though it lights quickly, it stays hot for a long time. It'll be real hard to convince me to go back to briquets after this.

  • I Am A:
  • Family Older Kids
 
5.0

The only natural charcoal to use

By Laffing Bear

from Harrisonburg, VA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast Lighting

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

      If you want a natural charcoal that burns clean and extremely hot, this is the product for you. Beware however, once you use this product, you will never want to use petrolium based charcoal again. It will leave you food with a nice hint of a campfire smokey taste that you just can't get with propain and compressed square charcoal. Certainly worth the extra cost if you take pride in your burgers, brats, chicken, and steak!

      • I Am A:
      • Family Older Kids

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best lump charcoal around!

      By BigJimW

      from Woonsocket, RI

      About Me Occasional Griller

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast Lighting
      • HOT Perfect for steaks
      • Nice smokey flavor
      • Very little ash

      Cons

      • Larger pieces need cut

      Best Uses

        Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

        I see a lot of down reviews for this brand, but I must have bought a good bag because almost all of the charcoal in the bag was usable. I used to use charcoal briquettes but when I saw this on sale at [@], I figured I'd try it. It was fast to light and very hot and cooks very well, just like over an open campfire like the cowboys used to (without the flames). When my steaks and burgers came off the grill, you could taste a difference. No chemical aftertaste, a mild smokey flavor. It was one of the finest pieces of meat I have ever served! I will certainly be buying this again!

        • I Am A:
        • Single Male
         
        3.0

        decent value in lump charcoal

        By AR1961

        from Mobile, AL

        About Me Grilling Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • For Self/Couple
            • Great Searing
            • Indirect Cooking
            • Large Gatherings
            • Small Gatherings

            Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

            Cowboy is a good value for the money. It lights easy and cooks as well as any other lump charcoal.
            My only complaints are there are too many (very) small pieces in a bag, and not enough large chunks. And, it tend to pop and spark a lot when you first start it.

            • I Am A:
            • Family Older Kids
             
            3.0

            Not A Particularly Quality Lump Charcoal

            By Mark

            from Wood River, NE

            About Me Grilling Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

            Cannot recommend. I'll rate it 5 on a scale of 1-10 for 3 Stars.

            I have never had much of any positive experiences using this particular brand lump charcoal.

            A good lump charcoal should not have a significant amount of small pieces (less than approx. 1 1/4 inches in diameter) nor, particularly large pieces (greater than approx. 3 1/2 inches).

            Lots of smaller pieces and I've had a few larger than the size of my fist. Some of this can be expected of coarse but not to the extent of roughly combined 45 percent very small and very large pieces.

            The brand typically has considerable small pieces (about 35% on average), a few large pieces (approximently 10% on average) with the balance 55% optimum usable product (size).

            This product snaps and pops more than any lump charcoal that I have used, particularly during initial stages of burn.

            The burn time is average. And, could be improved with better size pieces provided during production. Wood used and the production process implemented are the primary contributing factors attributed to burn time.

            Occasionally you will find a rock or two in these bags. I have also found tree limb pieces that are only slightly chared. Once I discovered a piece of plywood. You do not want plywood glue as part of your cooking experiences.

            "New" bags now advertise "Now, Lasts Longer". My experiences, lighting well and good heat production are it's only favorable attributes. Same average burn times here.

            Gave Cowboy another shot and again was proven to be an inferior product for barbecuing and smoking use. Same size and burning irregularities, quite a bit of dust.

            Though it is reasonably priced, I do not consider Cowboy brand a bargain and would be willing to spend three or four more dollars more for a quality product available for use.

            Useful for grilling in a pinch I suppose. There are better alternatives out there superior to this brand of charcoal.

            • I Am A:
            • Single Male

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Greal Lump Charocoal

            By BruceW

            from Fitchburg MA

            About Me Grilling Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Fast Lighting
            • Great Tasting
            • US Sourced Product

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Short cooks to 4 hr cook

              Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

              Cowboy Charcoal seems to have a long reputation of bad reviews. I tried it because that's all I could find locally in February. I got a Kamado Joe for by birthday, and could not wait to try it out. cowboy charcoal is very easy to light, and burns real hot. In fact I got my Kamado joe up to 800 degrees in 15 minutes. Wow!

              My first cook was Pork chops, and the flavor was great, but....after all the bad reviews I figured I owed it to myself to buy some premium name lump hardwood charcoal. The premium lump was more dense, and burned longer. The bad side: dense lump takes longer to start. It does burn longer, and I would want this ability for long smokes or cooks. Bad side: no flovor. I was totally disappointed with the lack of good flavor. So after trying 3 brands, I went back and bought a 20 lb bag of Cowboy Charcoal. I cooked last night, and Ohhh Doggie! The flavor was back.

              Maybe Cowboy has changed their quality control. All of my bags contained good lump with no scraps. American wood I might add. Take a good look at allot o the premium brands. Their wood comes from South America, and has NO flavor.

              Do yourself a favor, and ignore the bad reviews. Try it and decide for yourself! Cowboy is a great American sourced Charcoal.

              • I Am A:
              • Family Older Kids
               
              5.0

              Good bargain, great lump charcoal

              By Jones

              from Memphis, TN

              About Me Grilling Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Clean burning
              • Good price

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • BBQ
                • Smoking

                Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                I have to agree with the great reviews. The Cowboy lump charcoal has provided many a good smoke in the Big Green Egg. Burns clean and noticeably less ash than briquettes.

                Often, I can find the larger bags on sale and it's an awesome bargain.

                • I Am A:
                • Couple No Kids
                 
                5.0

                Great stuff at a good price!

                By Rick

                from Philadelphia area

                About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Wish store was closer

                Best Uses

                • For Self/Couple
                • Great Searing
                • Indirect Cooking
                • Large Gatherings
                • Small Gatherings

                Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                For someone who BBQs often this is a great product.

                • I Am A:
                • Family Older Kids
                 
                5.0

                WICKED GOOD CHARCOAL? IS IT TRUE?! YEAH!

                By DAVID

                from SEATTLE, WA

                About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Craftsmanship
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • For Self/Couple
                  • Great Searing
                  • Indirect Cooking
                  • Large Gatherings
                  • Portable Use
                  • Small Gatherings

                  Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                  WOW! I HEARD ACE IS FINALLY BRINGING WICKED GOOD CHARCOAL INTO THEIR STORES. IS IT TRUE? I HAVE USED IT FOR YEARS BUT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET OUT HERE ON THE WEST COAST. IS IT THEIR WEEKEND WARRIOR BLEND OR THEIR COMPETITION BLEND?

                  IT IS DEFINITELY THE BEST OF THE BEST AND COSTS LESS THAN ALL OF IT'S COMPETITION. GOOD VALUE-INCREDIBLE LUMP!

                  • I Am A:
                  • Family Older Kids
                   
                  5.0

                  Clean Burn, Very little ash

                  By Curt

                  from Northwest

                  About Me Grilling Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Clean

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indirect Cooking
                    • Large Gatherings
                    • Small Gatherings

                    Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                    I had to order of in-store pick up because they didn't have any in stock. That should say a lot about the quality. Very little byproduct left behind. CLEAN EVEN BURNING! I wouldn't recommend using for direct grilling purposes but great for indirect smoking.

                    • I Am A:
                    • Single Male

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Cowboy Charcoal The Best

                    By Tim The Smoking Q

                    from Windsor, Ct.

                    About Me Master Griller

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Burns Clean
                    • Burns Hot
                    • Lights Easy

                    Cons

                    • Burns A Long Time

                    Best Uses

                    • Indirect Cooking
                    • In Fire Box
                    • Large Gatherings

                    Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                    I Have A Large Trailer Smoker With A Fire Box And Cowboy Charcoal Is The Best Thing To Use For My Smoker.The Smoke Ring Comes Out Perfect Around The Meats. Ben Using Cowboy Charocal For Ten Years.

                    • I Am A:
                    • Family Older Kids
                     
                    5.0

                    Cowboy Up's the Heat!

                    By Father4

                    from New Haven, CT

                    About Me Master Griller

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy lighting high heat

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • All grilling

                    Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                    This product was as advertised--easy to light, superior temperature attained (<750 in Big Green Egg), great flavor, and coals lasted longer than I antisipated providing additional value.

                    • I Am A:
                    • Family Older Kids

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Tasty, hot and no 'coal' taste!

                    By Steve and Julie

                    from Clear Lake, Iowa

                    About Me Avid Griller

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Grill Function
                    • No coal taste

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                      We have used Cowboy Charcoal for about 3 years now on our grill. In that we have no source locally, we had to use one of the 'leading brands' of charcoal and found that it (the leading brand) had a noticed taste of a definate coal taste. NO MORE 'leading brand' charcoal for us. We see that we always have on hand Cowboy Charcoal for the best of the best in terms of taste!

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Best Lump for the money

                      By socalsmoker

                      from Van Nuys,CA

                      About Me Avid Griller

                      Pros

                      • Burns clean
                      • Burns hot
                      • Lights easy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Barbeque
                        • Grilling

                        Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                        This lump is excellent for searing steaks or slo cooking a pork shoulder for 12 hours. Burns hot and clean with little ash to clean up. This lump has a light flavor to it which makes it excellent for adding wood logs for long smoking sessions. They have an excellent web-site which tells of the history of Cowboy Coal. Wood comes from Tennessee not some South American wood. Get some and you will love it. Ace has the best price in town!!

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The best there is!

                        By The Egg-ster

                        from PA

                        About Me Avid Griller

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Grill Function
                        • Lasts a long time
                        • Saves Time

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Barbeque
                          • Big Green Egg

                          Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                          I've been using a Big Green Egg for 20 years, and this is the only charcoal I'll ever use for it! Even if you grill as frequently as I do, a couple of times a week year-round, a bag lasts a long time. Just great stuff! I highly recommend it!

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best Charcoal out there!!

                          By Rich the Griller

                          from Mesa, AZ

                          About Me Avid Griller

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Clean
                          • Improves Grill Function
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • And smoker
                            • Barbeque

                            Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                            I have used Big Green Egg charcoal for 5 years and now switched to the Cowboy brand and it lowered my cost in half, and I feel is as good, if not better than the BGE charcoal. Fast lighting, less smoke and odor,Cowboy charcoal works great for both grilling and when using my BGE as a smoker.

                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best Coals Overall

                            By Charcoal Commando

                            from Oak Lawn Illinois

                            About Me 5 days a week year around, Avid Griller

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great for Smoking
                            • Improves Grill Function
                            • Saves Time
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Barbeque
                              • Meat
                              • Smoking
                              • Vegetables

                              Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                              Have been grilling/smoking appx. 5 days a week year around for the last 3 years, Cowboy Lump Charcoal is the best I have used.
                              Matchlight, Generics, nothing is quicker or easier, weather it is used with lighter fluid, or in a chimney, it is ready to use in 15 mins. and the stuff burns HOT! a little goes a long way, and the taste of the food is AMAZING! A definite must have for beginners and "charcoal commandos".

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              I have used Cowboy ...

                              By C D

                              from River Falls, WI

                              Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                              I have used Cowboy charcoal for 7 years now. No bad orders, no bad taste. Just awesome good flavor for grilling or smoking, Burns well not to fast, just right.

                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              We've used this product ...

                              By Bridgewith

                              from Chicago, IL

                              Comments about ACE HARDWARE Cowboy Charcoal 8.8lbs:

                              We've used this product for years and really enjoy it. No more chemical taste or smell of lighter fluid. Yes, you really can light the charcoal without it.

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