BBQ Chicken Wings

Most of us have our grilling standbys. For some, it's burgers, for others it's ribs. For me, it's chicken wings, and in particular these spicy wings marinated with soy sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, and spices.


Sticky, sweet, smoky, and tangy, these chicken wings get their flavor from an easy-to-make Hawaiian marinade. They're grilled until tender and brushed with glaze, and they're as great for a barbecue as they are for game day.


  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 15 dried red chili peppers, roughly chopped or snipped with scissors into small pieces
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

Type of fire: two-zone indirect

Grill heat: medium-high


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine Shaoxing wine, black pepper, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, granulated garlic, and chili peppers together, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add chicken wings, tossing to coat. Cover and let marinate overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.
  3. Drain wings and pat dry. Grill wings, covered, over indirect heat for 7 minutes. Turn wings and cook, covered, until cooked through and golden brown, about 7 minutes longer.
  4. Transfer wings to direct heat and cook until crispy on both sides, about 1 minute per side.
  5. Serve right away garnished with cilantro.